Raspberry-White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Bars

When it comes to choosing which desserts I'm going to add to my arsenal of recipes, I almost always stick to the unfussy classics -- cakes, cookies, bars, and, in this case, cheesecake cookie bars! This recipe blends the dense, pan-baked goodness of a bar with layers of cheesecake and cookie dough that are dotted with white chocolate and fresh raspberries. There is no bake-off or bake sale that you can't win with these.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

For the cookie layer:

1 cup (2 sticks/225 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar

1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups (315 g) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 cups (205 g) white chocolate chips

1 cup (125 g) fresh raspberries

For the cheesecake layer:

8 ounces (225 g) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. To make the cookie layer: In a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar for 3 minutes, until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Fold in 1 cup (165 g) of the white chocolate chips.
  2. To make the cheesecake layer: In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until the ingredients are evenly combined and the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9 by 13-inch (23 by 33-cm) baking pan with parchment paper with a little hanging over the sides. Press slightly more than half of the cookie dough mixture into the bottom of the pan to make one even layer. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the cookie dough. Crumble the remaining cookie dough and sprinkle it on top of the cheesecake mixture, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup (40 g) white chocolate chips and the raspberries.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the cookie dough is golden brown. Remove the bars from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer them to the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight if time allows (don?t skip this part). Cut into bars and serve.