This Oreo Cheesecake features creamy cheesecake combined with
crunchy Oreo cookies…and it’s one of my all-time favorites!
I was such a stereotypical bachelor before I met my wife. I mean, I kept my clothes clean and dishes washed, but that’s about where it stopped. I didn’t cook very much because it was just me and my dog. Every once in a while, I’d get crazy and cook up something fun…but those were fairly rare occasions. I’ve always loved spending time in the kitchen, but it just seemed like such a waste when I was the only one eating it. Come to think of it, I might actually have baked more for my dog than for me. (I enjoy baking homemade dog treats for him. He’s spoiled.)
But my biggest downfall? Video games. I played a lot of video games when I was single. I still enjoy playing games now, but I don’t play anywhere near as much as I did back in those early days in Atlanta. I played video games throughout grad school, and I justified it as a nice way to clear my brain after hours upon hours of reading mundane journal articles. (I recognize that my logic was a bit weak…but just go with it.) After grad school, though, I had no responsibilities other than my 8-5 job…which meant that 5:30-7:30 was free for video games. Ok, maybe I didn’t play that much…but it was still way too much.
I finally realized that something was wrong when my girlfriend (now wife) called one evening and told me she wanted to bring over an Oreo cheesecake for me. I’m pretty sure I told her it was a no-go. Why? Because I was planning on meeting friends to play video games online. I had become that guy. Who does that? In hindsight, it was a terrible move on my part. I can readily admit that now. (Plus, my wife still jokes about it. “Remember that time when I made the Oreo cheesecake…”)
This had nothing to do with my wife’s baking abilities or that it was an Oreo cheesecake. In fact, I think she knew that Oreo cheesecakes were one of my favorites after we went to Cafe Intermezzo on one of our first dates. (That place made one heck of an awesome Oreo cheesecake!)
Nope, this had everything to do with my addiction to video games. Fortunately, I had a personal intervention and came to my senses soon after this Oreo cheesecake incident. By “came to my senses,” I mean I stopped playing video games. Cold turkey. I spent more quality time with my girlfriend and then we ended up getting married. Less time staring at a computer meant a better relationship. Go figure.
So despite the fact that Oreo Cheesecake has a bit of a history around our house, it’s still one of my favorite comfort-food desserts. I grew up with the tin of Oreos making regular appearances after dinner. And cheesecake? Well, cheesecake is just amazing. ‘Nuf said. So the two combined will always rank pretty high on my list of sweet treats!
I slightly adapted my go-to cheesecake recipe by adding chopped Oreos into the batter. Of course, there’s an Oreo crust, too. And you can’t have an Oreo cheesecake without garnishing the top with more Oreos, right? And now you see why this is one of my favorite desserts!
What’s your favorite video game?
What’s your favorite flavor of cheesecake?