Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Nutella Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


Yes, folks. I am hopelessly addicted to cookie dough cheesecake bars. So I baked another one. With Nutella. This time I remembered not to add an egg into the cookie dough. Hah!



The cookie dough was much easier to handle since it wasn't soft and wet like in the previous attempt. Still, I couldn't do a good job of covering the whole surface of the cream cheese. 


But I think that's OK because it is quite nice to have the cream cheese peeking through the dough, don't you think?


Before I started baking, I unwittingly did some exercise while searching for digestive biscuits. I climbed up and down my kitchen stool, peering into my kitchen cabinet like a narcotics officer looking for dope.

I swore I spotted a packet of digestive biscuits just before Chinese New Year. It was nowhere to be found, so I must have used it at some point. I have been having these senior moments in greater frequency now. 


Luckily I had a packet of Oreos. I actually had two packets but during CNY, my niece got peckish after dinner and wanted biscuits. So one packet of Oreos went to the rescue. 


For the cookie dough, I added a generous tablespoon of Nutella (I later realized that 2 tablespoons is better. Of course). I must show you my stash of Nutella in a future post. I went Nutella crazy and started hoarding Nutella as if the world supply of Nutella was running out. 

So anyway, this time, my cookie dough was nice and crisp when it came out of the oven. In fact it stayed crisp after the whole cake was cool.

And you know what? The best way to devour these cheesecake bars is when they are at room temperature (freshly baked) or barely warm. Let me show you why. Look.


That's when the chocolate chips are still gooey and the cookie dough is still crispy. I could have stood there downing many pieces of cheesecake bars. Luckily, I just had a big bowl of fried rice and only had space for one bar.

Here, take another look at this sinfully delicious sight. 


I packed away the remaining 15 bars to be given away. Like I promised, this time I would share. 

After giving them away, I suffered from withdrawal symptoms. I wanted more. There is no way anyone could be satisfied with just one bar. Especially me.


I. Need. To. Bake. Another. Cookie. Dough. Cheesecake. Bar. NOW. 











Nutella Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Recipe source : Adapted from here

Ingredients :

For the crust
- 200g Oreo Cookies (cream filling removed), crushed
- 70g butter, melted

Nutella Cookie Dough
- 50g butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 85g flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling
- 250g cream cheese, at room temperature
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method :

For the crust :
1. Mix crushed cookies and butter evenly until it resembles wet sand.
2. Pour into the base of an 8" lined baking pan (make sure there is an overhang for easy removal of cake).
3. Press the mixture into the base.
4. Bake at 160C for 8 minutes.
5. Set aside to cool.

For the Nutella Cookie Dough
1. Cream butter and Nutella until well mixed.
2. Add vanilla and continue to mix.
3. Add flour and mix to combine.
4. Add chocolate chips and mix to form a dough. Set aside.

For the Cream Cheese Filling
1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until well mixed.
2. Add vanilla and egg and continue to beat until mixture is smooth.
3. Pour the cream cheese into the prepared pan and tilt the pan to spread the cream cheese evenly over the pan.

To cover Cream Cheese with Cookie Dough :
1. Using your hands, pinch off some dough and flatten the dough.
2. Place the flattened dough onto the cream cheese.
3. Repeat until all the dough is used up and the cheese layer is covered.

Bake at 160C for 30-35 minutes  or until the cookie dough is dry to the touch and the batter is firm (does not jiggle when shaken slightly).

Cool the cake before slicing into bars.


39 comments:

  1. Look at those delicious layers! Oreo base, cream cheese and then ooey-gooey chocolate chips cookies, who doesn't like? You mentioned in SK's blog that I can eat 10 biji of this, 15 slices of that and 20 pcs of brownies.. Not kidding you, I can eat 10 biji of your cheesecake squares ! Must be very fragrant and creamy.. If scared too lemak or "nau", maybe I can add lemon juice into the cream cheese..

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    1. You champion eater lah hah..hah.. Hmmm...lemon flavor pun will be very nice.

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  2. we know it, we just know it that you are going to make another cookie dough cheesecake, probably just that we are not expecting that soon!! haha.. anyway it's NUTELLA and chocolate chips, yes, looks so rich and of course we can see the chocolate whispering "bite me" there, muahahaha.. you evil PH!! as for the dough, yes I agree with you it looks better without entirely covering the cheese, like the cheese is oozing out makes the cake even more sexy dei~~ :p

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    1. hee...hee...hee...they are simply too good and why wait? Wanna eat, just bake! And then regretted giving away :(

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  3. Hi Phong Hong,

    You are totally right that these bars are the best when they are freshly baked... So gooey warm and comforting!!! Gosh! They look so heavenly!!! :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! Next time I will bake them when the craving strikes so that I can have them warm. Yums!

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  4. Eh harlow... I am also hopelessly addicted to cookie dough cheesecake bars. Now how to get my fix?? I have been praising your cooking and baking since many moons ago but you never gave me a bite at least. How sad.... How about you giving away 5 bags to the TOP 5 Bloggers who spam your blog since our silly Thambee has 'retired' due to IT-Menopause.. Hihihihi

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    1. IT-Menopause? Perhaps if he takes some IT-hormones or take some time off to re-think about us and our cute faces, he MIGHT come back to us..

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    2. Menopause?? hee..hee... Let's start an online petition for SK to come back!

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    3. No good lah Thambee, made all of us miss you so much

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  5. I am a fan of nutella, i can eat nutella on it's own, that why now, i control, don't buy nutella, if not, i will be out of control and have to exercise extra...

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    1. Nutella is wonderful but a bit too sweet. But I still like hee..hee..

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  6. So, what version of Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bar will we see next? ;)

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  7. Hi Phong Hong, I cannot show this post to my big kids cos they will demand me To. Bake. Cookie. Dough. Cheesecake. Bar. NOW... love this caption!

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    1. hah..hah...hah....Karen, they will love the cheesecake bars!

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  8. "A generous tablespoon of Nutella", that's oxymoron! How can just ONE tablespoon of Nutella be called generous? Try three, or ten tablespoons! XD

    I hope I will make it to your sharing list next time.. sob sobs... :(

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    1. Ya hor? How can one tablespoon be generous hah..hah... Can, I can put you on the list and give your mum some excitement :D

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  9. Hi Phong Hong, one of these days, I must bake this looks more like a brownie. What's your pan size?

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    1. Kimmy, the young ones will love this. I used an 8" baking pan and it is just nice to cut into 16 squares.

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  10. No wonder you are addicted:)

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  11. Wow I can just imagine how sinful this is! :)

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  12. Aiyoh Phong Hong!! Apa ni! Sangat menggoda la.. I am salivating and swallowing them as I scrolled down the pictures.. some more took a bite and taking a picture of it with the teeth marks there...sangat tempting!! hahahahahaha...

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    1. hah..hah...Godaan....percubaan...tahan-tahan....

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  13. Hi Phong Hong,
    Wow, your cookie bars looks divine! Next time keep a few to yourself-lah! No need to give so much away, now you want to bake another one! Haha!

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    1. Hi Joyce! hah...hah...good suggestion!

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  14. Your cookie bars look so yummy and addictive. One won't be enough!

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    1. Definitely not! I must have at least four hah..hah...

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  15. I also want to be in your sharing list. I am drooling at your nutella cookie dough cheese cake bars. Did you make some more for yourself since you gave this batch almost all away.

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    1. hee..hee...Well, I shall take your word for it and bake some more!

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  16. Hey! Don't see my comment. My internet connection or whatever isn't really behaving well lately. Sometimes I cannot even get into my own blog. :'(

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    1. Oh dear, looks like it disappeared! I checked in my spam folder but it isn't there. But no matter, here you are :D

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  17. OMG this one looks so sinfully delicious!! I always love cheesecakes!

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    1. Then you will love these cheesecake bars!

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  18. woah....nutella again to teased our tastebuds (in our minds). hahahah... It looks so so good and I want some!!

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