Cheesecake cookie dough bars are exactly as wonderful as they sound. While the bars are in fact baked, the cookie dough layer stays perfectly fudgy while the cheesecake layer is velvety smooth.
These little gems were a baking happy accident. I had no intentions whatsever of making what these turned out to be. In fact, I had every intention in the world of baking thick and fudgy brownies with a cheesecake layer in the middle with another layer of brownie swirl on top.
I had plans. I was going to get up early on Saturday morning and have those babies baked and photographed before Mr. BB woke up. But as I was getting all of my ingredients out I realized I had no cocoa powder. Fail!
As an avid baker you start taking for granted having all of the staples on hand. And when you realize that you are out of flour, or sugar, or eggs, or cocoa powder right as you are about to make a recipe it can lead to total meltdown. Ok, maybe not an actual meltdown, but extreme frustration ensued.
But I decided to go ahead and wing it and just make something work. I had all of the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies and Mr. BB was already expecting something that involved his favorite food group, cheesecake, so I decided to throw the two together.
I made a dense cookie dough for the bottom layer, almost a blondie consistency, and I made the cheesecake filling for the top layer. I baked until the cheesecake was set then pulled it and let it cool completely before letting it chill in the fridge.
This resulted in a cheesecake layer on top and an underbaked almost cookie dough layer on bottom. Mr. BB was not unhappy. I mean, cheesecake was involved, so how could he be?
I need to remember this more often. To let things just happen. Too often I am so set in what the plans were and what things were supposed to be. I am definitely a planner. Probably an over planner.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can throw me into a tizzy when I had set plans and then find that there is no cocoa powder, or no eggs, or that the cord to the photobooth is missing when setting up my wedding reception. But that is a story for another time…
I’m working on that whole adapatability, roll with the punches, thing. I’m getting there. And hopefully the better I get at it, the more happy baking accidents will occur. Those are the best kind of accidents. The accidents that involve chocolate and cheesecake and gooey cookie dough.