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?
For the Oreo Crust
- 25 Oreo cookies separated and filling removed
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
For the Cheesecake
- 32 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 2½ Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
- 20 Oreo cookies chopped
- Whipped cream
- Oreos mini-Oreos work great as a garnish!
For the Crust
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Place the Oreo cookies in a food processor or mini-chopper. Pulse until finely ground. Transfer mixture into a large bowl and stir in melted butter.
- Press mixture into bottom and sides of 9” springform pan.
- Bake at 375°F crust for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside to cool.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
For the Cheesecake
- Using a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until completely smooth (about 3 minutes).
- Add the sugar and mix well. (Tip: Don’t forget to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl to fully incorporate the sugar.)
- Add flour and mix well.
- Whisk the eggs and egg yolks together and add to the bowl in 3 additions, mixing fully after each addition.
- Add the sour cream and vanilla. Mix until fully combined. (Tip: Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure the filling is fully mixed.)
- Fold the chopped Oreo cookies into the cheesecake mixture.
- Pour mixture into the cooled springform pan.
- Wrap the bottom of the pan with a piece of aluminum foil and place in a large baking pan. Fill pan with about 1/2”-3/4” of water. Bake at 325°F until center of cake is just barely set (about 75-80 minutes). (Tip: Pull the cheesecake out of the oven when there is about 1" ring of "looser" filling left in the center of the cake.)
- For an easy way to remove the cheesecake from the springform pan, let cheesecake cool for 10 minutes and then wrap entire pan in plastic wrap and freeze overnight. The next day, remove the cake from the freezer and release the springform pan. Transfer the frozen cake to a serving platter and defrost in a refrigerator for 4-5 hours.
- Garnish with whipped cream and additional Oreos before serving.