I have a lot of fun finding inspiration from my fellow bloggers. My friend, Gloria from Simply Gloria, recently made two kinds of desserts using Oreo cookies (Snickers Oreo Caramel Bars and Oreo Pudding Cookies). They both look amazing and you should check them out, along with many of her other great ideas.
Since seeing those Oreo desserts I’ve been itching to bake with Oreo cookies. Plus I have been in the mood for cheesecake. The perfect solution to both was to combine the ideas and create Oreo cheesecake bars. These bars are a classic cheesecake loaded with chunks of Oreo cookies on top of a thick Oreo cookie crust. It’s an Oreo cookie party!
Oreo Cheesecake Bars Recipe
(Makes about 16 servings)
Note: This recipe requires chilling time. See directions for more information.
- 39 Oreo cookies, divided per the directions (24 cookies for the crust and 15 cookies for the cheesecake filling)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 12 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan.
- To prepare the crust, place 24 Oreo cookies into a food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs.
- Drizzle in the melted butter and continue to pulse until the butter is distributed evenly and the crumbs are moist.
- Place the cookie crumbs into the prepared baking pan and press down firmly in an even layer.
- Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- To prepare the cheesecake filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth (about 2 minutes).
- Beat in the white sugar.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract until combined.
- Chop 15 Oreo cookies.
- Gently fold the chopped cookies into the cheesecake filling.
- Pour the cheesecake cookie mixture onto the baked crust.
- Place the cheesecake bars back in the preheated oven and bake it for an additional 40 to 45 minutes, or until the middle only jiggles a little.
- Allow the cheesecake bars to cool and then cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator before serving. I chilled it overnight. You may be able to chill it for less time depending on how cold you like your cheesecake.
Cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.
I am in love with this Oreo cookie crust! It’s thick and it’s made with one of my favorite cookies. What’s not to love about it? Make sure to pack the crumbs down firmly so that it holds its form when you cut into them later. (I’m caught! In the background of the picture that is in fact part of an Oreo cookie that I was munching on. Got to test the goods. Lol.)
Chop 15 Oreo cookies for the cheesecake layer. I found it easiest to place them in a zip lock bag and smash them with a rolling pin until the cookies resembled chopped pieces. The pieces will be a variety of sizes when you are done, and that’s exactly what you want.
If you’re not familiar with baking cheesecakes, the cheesecake mixture will be a tad runny at this step.
Ah, here comes the waiting game. Most of us don’t like it, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil, especially with cheesecake recipes. Once the bars are done baking let them cool to room temperature. Only then can you place them in the refrigerator to chill. Cooling it too quickly by putting it immediately in the refrigerator will cause the cheesecake to crack like the grand canyon. (It may also thaw everything in your freezer, there is a lot of heat in a cheesecake right out of the oven.) I like my cheesecake very cold so I chilled mine overnight. In fact, I kept them in the fridge until the moment I was ready to serve them. I personally like the texture better when they are super cold.
Seven ingredients are all you need for this recipe! How awesome is that? The cheesecake cookie layer is wonderfully creamy with a little crunch from the Oreo cookies. The Oreo crust is the perfect match with the cheesecake layer because it adds more chocolate cookie flavor to every bite.
These bars do not need a topping which is why I didn’t list it in the ingredient section. However, I often like to add a little “something something” to the top of a dessert bar. It’s probably the home decor in me coming out in my desserts. Jamie from My Baking Addiction coated her bars with a chocolate ganache. I melted some vanilla store bought frosting and drizzled it over the top. It adds a lovely hint of vanilla that doesn’t have any cookie in it. You know, for a little change of pace from the rest of this masterpiece.
Milk is a must with Oreo cookies (or anything involving Oreo cookies). How do you eat your Oreo cookie? As you saw from one of my pictures above, I eat one cookie layer first then the second cookie layer with the cream. Yum yum. 🙂
Thank you, Jamie from My Baking Addiction for an amazing recipe! My family raved about it all night. 🙂
Here are some of my othe favorite bar cookies.