Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Monday, June 4, 2018

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Mariah had her 19th birthday on Saturday. We stopped doing the store bought cakes a few years back, which kind of sucks because with graduation happening this time of year, there's always a deal on sheet cakes at the bakery. On the other hand, we aren't huge fans of cake here and usually end up throwing out quite a bit of the leftovers after a few days, so it's not really a deal if you end up throwing most of it away, is it? The girls now take after their mama when it comes to birthday cake. I have always insisted on having a cheesecake for mine, and now they are doing the same. The only thing is, Jason gets off the hook by buying mine from the store, whereas the girls want a homemade one. Mariah initially wanted me to make her my dulce de leche pie, but since we just had that on Cinco de Mayo, she changed her mind and asked for a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I was a little worried that this cheesecake wasn't going to go over well since we usually stick with plain cheesecake, not a chocolate variety. I even gave her the option to change her mind a few times, but she insisted it would be fine. I'm glad she did, too, because it turned out really good.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I'll admit, this was not my favorite cheesecake to make, simply because the recipe called for the cookie dough portion to be rolled into little balls, then mixed into the batter. It was a bit too tedious for my liking, and my dough balls turned out a little larger than I would have liked which make it a bit hard to bite through. The next time I make this, I will layer the cookie dough on top of the crust instead (and will reflect those changed in the recipe below) to make the process go a lot faster.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

This cheesecake is very rich, so a small slice will go a long way in satisfying your sweet tooth!


No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake


Cookie Dough

  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • (1) 13oz package chocolate chip cookies (I used Chips Ahoy)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

  • 5oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • (2) 8oz bricks full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge sauce

  • 1 tub store bought chocolate frosting


  1. Make the cookie dough: In a medium sized bow, mix the softened butter with the sugar and brown sugar, beating until it's light and fluffy. Add in the salt, flour, and vanilla extract and mix until a soft dough forms. Mix in the mini chocolate chips, then set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Spray a 9 inch springform pan with a light layer of cooking spray, then gently wipe over it with a paper towel. Using a blender or food processor, grind the cookies into fine crumbs. In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, brown sugar, and flour. Pour in the melted butter, and stir until the mixture is just moistened. Pour the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan, pressing it firmly onto the bottom of the pan and up the sides to create a thick crust.
  3. Make the filling: Place the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of heavy whipping cream in a microwave save bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate is melted. Stir mixture until smooth. Set aside. 
  4. Place a metal mixing bowl and beaters in the freeze for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from freezer, then pour the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream with your chilled beaters on medium-high speed until it becomes bubbly. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, beat the softened cream cheese on medium speed until it is light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Beat in the granulated sugar until it is well mixed. Pour the dark chocolate mixture into the cream cheese mixture and beat until it's well incorporated. Last, add in the cocoa powder and hot fudge topping, mixing until the batter is completely smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Using a wood spoon or rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream mixture into the cheesecake mixture, turning over and over until well combined. 
  7. Press 3/4 of the cookie dough mixture over the prepared crust layer. 
  8. Pour the cheesecake batter over the cookie dough layer, then run a spatula over the top to smooth out. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (I actually placed mine in the freezer because we like a stiff cheesecake)
  9. Spread the store bought icing over the top of the cheesecake, or pipe on rosettes on the outer edges of the cheesecake. Sprinkle the remaining cookie dough crumbles over the top. Cut into thin slices. Serve.

What's your favorite cheesecake flavor?


  1. It really is one of your most gorgeous cakes and photos to date. You've become such an expert in piping lovely roses! And the contrast with the blues is really effective! This is a type of photo that could get you monies if you sell it.

    1. We know you love the messy shots best :) I don't like piping flowers as it never comes out how I imagined. I definitely need to practice it more. I'm still honing my skills. Maybe the big bucks will come from it some day lol

    2. The key for piping is to not push and pressure downwards too much and to move your wrist in sharp cutting moves not the whole hand. Be welcome :PPP

  2. Sure looks better than any store bought one by a long shot. Yeah, not really a deal if you don't eat it all haha hope she had a happy birthday.

  3. Oh my, so sinfully good! I like anything chocolate!

    1. You and me both. Especially if it has dark chocolate in it!

  4. I am seriously in love with this cheesecake. Cheesecake is my weakness when it comes to dessert anyways, but you just totally leveled up!

  5. I love all knds of cheesecake but i try not to eat more than a bite. This cheesecake is so different and th chocolate chip flavoring sounds great.

  6. That sounds so good! I'm a big fan of cheesecake in all its forms, but this one definitely takes the cake, so to speak. I have to make this!

  7. I absolutely need this in my life! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and the cookie dough aspect just sends it over the top. Yum!

  8. Wow - that looks and sounds amazing! I would totally dig into that cheesecake right now if I had one!

  9. Your cake is so spectacular! Cheesecake is my kryptonite! It's very difficult to resist!

  10. You totally had me at cookie dough! I can never resist a good cookie dough... anything! I'll take it any shape or form.

  11. Yum! Wow... you sure take amazing photos, it looks amazing! Now if only I could reach through and taste it.

  12. Oh goodness, I can't even begin to describe how tasty that looks!

  13. Annemarie LeBlancJune 6, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    I am always in for a good cheesecake. Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake looks divine! Cheesecake and chocolate. Yum. I just went into a droolfest looking at your photos.

  14. what beautiful Cheescake ! wonderful and Im hungry !!

  15. Sure sounds good to me. That is a beautiful picture too.

  16. This is stunning, gorgeous, beautiful!! And happy birthday to your daughter who is the same! :) I think the revision you mentioned of making the cookie dough layer would be worth a shot (for me, because I'm too lazy to roll all of those balls...unless a certain kiddo in the house might want to help). ;)

  17. Oh my are such a goddess when it comes to cooking! Love this cake and for sure not only it looks beautiful, but I bet it's also delicious!


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