Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

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I need to re-name this blog--Baking with Candy and Oreo Cookies!
It seems like that's all I've been doing lately.

I have no excuse, except to say that candy and cookies make things much more tasty.  Like cheesecake, for example.  Why have plain cheesecake when stirring in some chopped Oreo cookies is an option?  Why?

You want this...I know you do!

These bars are good, friends.  Actually "good" is a bit of an understatement, really.  I would characterize them as amazing, cruelly addictive, creamy, dreamy--fantastical!  Yes, all that and fantastical too.  Fantastical...yes.

I can't really say when the baking with candy and cookies will end.  I'm so sorry.  It seems to be a phase I've locked myself into.  I sort of like it.   I'll try to shake myself out of it soon and whip up something sans candy and/or cookies.  For now though, you must make these!

I found this recipe on one of my favorite foodie blogs:  Recipe Girl.  Go check her out, she has so many tasty recipes. 

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars
Source:  Recipe Girl 
(printable recipe here)

For the crust:
1 (1 pound) package Oreo cookies

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 

For the filling
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides, spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Make the crust: Place 28 Oreos in a food processor and process until finely ground. While the food processor is running, stream in the melted butter until all crumbs are moistened. Place the cookie-crumb mixture in the lined pan and, using your fingers, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom. Bake 10 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack (leave the oven on) while you make the filling. Snap the remaining Oreos in half, put them in the food processor, and turn on and off quickly a few times, just until the cookies are roughly chopped.
3. Make the filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a flexible spatula and beat again until uniform. Beat in sour cream, vanilla and salt. Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. After beating in the last egg, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat one more time, to make sure the mixture is fully combined. Stir in chopped Oreos with the same spatula.
4. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked cookie crust, smooth the top with the spatula, and bake for 40 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center when you gently shake the pan. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. When cool, cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours. (These bars taste better and cut easier when chilled overnight.)
5. To cut, use the parchment overhang to lift the cheesecake out of the pan and place on a large cutting board. Use a sharp chef's knife, cut the cheesecake into bars, cleaning the knife between each cut. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


This post is linked to: These Chicks Cooked
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Mouthwatering Mondays
What's Cooking Wednesday
Made It On Monday
Friday Potluck
Sweet Tooth Friday
Sweets for a Saturday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesday at Nap-Time Creations
This Week's Cravings


Concetta said...

These look absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing your recipe! My family will be enjoying these soon!

Erin said...

You're right! I so do want these!!!

Chels said...


Nancy said...

These look pretty easy to make -- what a great dessert for a birthday party or really any get-together. Yummy!

Kirstin said...

Oh wow!!! Yummy. I love oreos!!

Beth said...

OMG! Your site, and luscious recipes are killing meeee!

Melissa @ Cajun Sugar Pie said...

Those look soooo yummy! Would love for you to share them on my Memorial Day dessert linky at!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

And Another 5 lbs.....your killing me! :)

Shore Girl said...

Looks delicious!

Kim McCallie said...

These look really good. I know several people, including myself, who would love to have some of these. Hope you'll stop by my linky party and share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday on a Well-Seasoned Life.

Kirsten said...

These look fantastic!! Oreos make everything better!

Emily said...

oh my, I want one now! Come on over to my tasty party!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

My husband LOVES things made with Oreos. I am sure he will love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Yum, cheesecake is good, but cheesecake with Oreos is great. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

Lisa said...

These bars made last week's Sweets for a Saturday hit list. Fantastic!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

You are right, I so totally want these!

Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you again this week.

P.S. I Stumbled your yummy recipe.

Emily said...

thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday! Come back and link up again this week.

Anonymous said...

Oh goodness I wish I had these in the kitchen right now!! They look amazing! Found you through Melt in your Mouth monday, now following and I cant wait to try these ideas! Oreo, and anything made with it is my favorite kind of dessert :-)



This looks like a delicious Summer Recipe! We are hosting "FUN SUMMER RECIPES" at our Linky Party THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! We'd love for you to come by and link up! (Thanks a million) :-)

Shore Girl said...

Featured this today on my "Walk Around Blog Land" -

Julie said...

Oh Yes...I want some!

BigGahoona said...

Am I missing something? The filling ingredients list doesn't include chopped oreos, yet the filling instructions do? How many oreos do I need for the filling?

Brandy K said...

@BigGahoona...You need 1 pkg of Oreos total. Per the instructions in the Make the Crust section, you use 28 of them for the crust and all the rest get roughly chopped and stirred into the cheesecake layer. I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by.

Krista said...

What size pan do you use??

Brandy K said...

Whoa! Looking back at this post, I'm noticing the fonts are really wonky...must fix.
@Krista - 9x13x2

city said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

Rene said...

I made these last night for a baby shower today and they were a hit! I probably baked them just a few minutes too long, because I got sidetracked. They were yummy!

Halle Bose said...

All of your cheesecake bars look delicious.

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