These Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars combine the best of both dessert worlds into one, scrumptious bite. Make them for a crowd and I promise you’ll be everyones BFF.
It’s so crazy how much Summer changes for you as you grow up. Christian is a month away from graduating with his Master’s, so this is really his last “Summer break” before the “real world”. By now I’ve gotten used to it, but I remember looking forward to Summer break and thinking about all of the things I was going to do over Summer, usually including a family vacation, sports camps (when I was high school and younger), and lots of beach days.
Thinking about Summer, and how as a child you are given two months of freedom, got me thinking about what I would do with those two months if I were given a “Summer break” today, as a 24 year-old with full-time work and limited vacation *womp womp*.
Well, let me tell you… I’ve got a “bucket list” of sorts containing things I would love to do one day. If I had at least a Summer break (some of them would require more time), I would totally check these off my list…
Culinary School in Italy
I am fully aware that culinary school is like college in that it takes years to accomplish, but hey now, I’ve done my research! I’ve found culinary schools in Italy that allow you to focus on certain areas of culinary education. This is #1 on my list because holy hell I want to do this so bad. I’ve seen barista schools, pastry schools, you name it… PLEASE CAN I? I would clearly have to live in Italy for an extended period, which is a-okay with me!
Cake Decorating Class
This is similar to culinary school, I guess, but it’s more of a local thing. As in, I’m pretty sure my local Michael’s offers cake decorating classes. I would love to take something like a 4-6 week cake decorating class because it’s one of the things I wish I was good at. If I were, I would have shared a million cake recipes on here by now! Because I’m secretly obsessed with cake decorating, I love following awesome food bloggers that are cake experts themselves. If you love cake like me, you’d love Liv for Cake (@liveforcake on Instagram)!
USA Road Trip
Something on my bucket list, in general, is taking a road trip around the U.S with Christian. How fun would that be?! I’ve been to many states and cities, but there is SO MUCH I still haven’t seen and experienced. We live in a wonderful country, why not explore it?! I’m thinking start in Florida, end in California, and fly back. Holy crap that’s a long trip – I’d have to get a mi-fi to blog from the car. 😉
Food Photography Workshop
I would love, love, love to attend one of Pinch of Yum’s food photography workshops! At this point, I don’t really have the money, but it’s something that is certainly on my radar that I hope to attend one day! Totally a “Summer break” thing. I’d also like to host my own one day, whenever I get better at my craft – would you join me?!
Make Every Recipe in Julia Child’s Cookbook
If I didn’t have a million things going on, I would LOVE to challenge myself to doing this. I often feel like I’m too busy making my own recipes and doing all of the work that comes along with food blogging/cooking that I can’t enjoy leisurely making other peoples recipes. One day, people, one day I will do this!! And document my journey like Julie & Julia!
And the last thing on my bucket list?…
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars!
And these should be on yours, too. They’re…
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 8 oz low fat cream cheese
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup room temperature coconut oil
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish.
- Add graham cracker crumbs and coconut oil to a large bowl and stir together until well-combined. Add to baking dish and spread evenly, pressing down with your hands to form the crust.
- Bake crust for 6 minutes. Remove, and set aside.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl with electric mixer, add cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until creamy and well-combined.
- Pour cheesecake mixture onto graham cracker crust and spread evenly with a rubber spatula (see photos).
- Wash bowl (or use a different one) and begin making cookie mixture. Add in coconut oil, brown sugar, egg white and vanilla extract. Beat on low until well-combined.
- Slowly add in flour while mixing. Beat slowly until well-combined.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold in chocolate chips.
- Using your hands, place dough evenly across cheesecake mixture. It's okay to have cheesecake peeking through.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out of the center clean.
- Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!
Join the conversation:
What’s on your bucket list?
What would you do if you had 2 months of freedom starting tomorrow?
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