OREO CHEESECAKE BARS
I can't say for the taste, as I made this for a family function to be held tomorrow but it looks fantastic! I can't imagine it ever tasting bad! I had no problems with caramel oozing out of the crust but I wrapped the base of my Springform in parchment paper and pressed the Oreo crust up the sides and made sure that the caramel base didn't overflow the cookie crust.
I also did a water bath with the pan wrapped in foil. I had some butter leakage but it wasn't major. Side note: I recommend using the parchment paper as I was able to easily remove the cake to a plate for drizzling the caramel and chocolate to make for a great presentation. I have always had problems serving cheesecakes directly from the pan bottom and half of the crust sticking to the pan. This eliminates that problem.
OREO CHEESECAKE BARS
For the crust:
23 Oreo cookies (the whole cookie - icing and all!)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
12 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
6 tbsp. sugar
6 tbsp. sour cream, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
12 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped (the whole cookie - icing and all!)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a 8x8 inch baking dish with foil. Let two sides of the foil overhang on the baking dish (so it's easier to pull out the cheesecake).
- To make the crust, in a food processor, pulse the Oreos until they're finely ground. Add in the melted butter and pulse until the cookies are moistened.
- Transfer the ground Oreos to the prepared baking pan and press the crumbs in an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes then set aside while keeping the oven on.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium high until light and smooth, about 2 minutes. Then mix in the sugar until well-combined.
- Blend in the sour cream, vanilla, and salt. Then beat in the egg and egg yolk until well-incorporated.
- Gently stir in the chopped Oreos.
- Pour cheesecake batter over the prepared crust and smooth out the top with a spatula. Bake for 40 minutes, or until cheesecake is set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center.
- Let cheesecake cool to room temperature, about 1 hour then cover the pan and refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours. I chilled mine overnight.
- To cut the bars, lift the overhanging foil from the pan and place it on a cutting board. Peel away the foil and slice into bars. Clean the knife blade after each slice to keep the edges pretty.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. You may keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, if it lasts that long!
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