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.
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Hi David! This is one BIG cheesecake! I’d have to make it when Gary’s family is around! 🙂 I made an Oreo cheesecake years ago for a friend’s birthday and got permission from the restaurant owner where we were going to celebrate to bring it for dessert.
Haha…awesome! I love cheesecake, Dorothy. It’s one of my all-time favorites when it comes to dessert. So when you add in some Oreos, too? Well that is pretty much my definition of the best dessert ever! Make one for you and Gary soon! 🙂
That is one impressive cheesecake – looks better than what you’d get at the Cheesecake Factory! (<–that's a big compliment in my book, since I love the Cheesecake Factory.) And I completely agree with your logic of needing something to help clear your brain after reading heaps and heaps of inflated academic prose – at least, that's what I tell myself when I turn to my favorite mindless TV shows!
No way could I ever go up against Cheesecake Factory and win…their cheesecakes are amazing! (And huge!) I’m with ya on that inflated academic prose. Holy cow. I think I read way too many articles that took 35 pages to say something that I could have said in 1. But that’s the name of the game, right? It’s also justification for another slice of cheesecake! 🙂
Hahaha! Oh dear – I chuckled so hard reading that you turned down your then GF AND her Oreo cheesecake to play video games with people online!!! David. you gave Mrs. Spiced ammunition for a lifetime with that move!
Did you know Cafe Intermezzo moved? A while back I was so bummed when I drove by and saw that they had closed their doors at their old location in Midtown – but then they suddenly sprouted up further North on Peachtree – and their new digs are super swanky! I’ve never had their cheesecake though am willing to bet yours is better! Look at that Oreo crust and Oreo hunks in the middle! Deeeelctable!!! And Deeeeelivarable (to Atlanta) – no? 🙂
Oh, she has reminded me many, many times about that move. All I can say is oops. But in my defense, I’ve more than made it for that mistake…so there! I didn’t know Cafe Intermezzo moved…their old location was so perfect! But I’m not surprised since they are so popular. I saw they had a little location in the airport when I flew through ATL this summer, but I didn’t stop. I probably should have! This cheesecake would absolutely be deliverable…if I hadn’t eaten it all. Haha!
Haha “The Oreo Cheesecake Incident” sounds too funny! Glad it led to this deliciousness- so yum!
Haha…I like that term, Medha! Perfect way to describe this blunder on my part. But it led to delicious cheesecake…so all’s well that ends well, right? 🙂
This looks to TO-DIE for David! And I get you! My husband is crazy about video games as well but poor guy is so busy these days that only time he gets to play is weekends! And yes he would love this as he is a cheesecake fanatic! I wish I had a slice right now with my tea 🙂
Yeah, I don’t play games near as much as I used to. I still love ’em, but I just don’t have time for them anymore. That’s probably a good thing though…some of those games are so darned addicting! I say you make this cheesecake for your husband this weekend and make him sit down and play video games for an afternoon. 🙂
Dear David, this cheesecake is outstanding! What a showstopper…my guests would love this if I made it for the holidays. What a funny back story…you remind me of my kids. Have a wonderful day my friend, Catherine
Haha…thanks, Catherine! I am in constant awe of all of the delicious creations you make, so it’s a real honor to have this cheesecake labeled as a showstopper! It’s perfect for the holidays. 🙂
Haha, I did enjoy these memories, David! And you see how do people change? Some time back you could not imagine you would be enjoying cooking and blogging that much! I mean, you event won’t notice how one day you end up baking lavender cheesecakes and actually making everything lavender #David’sNightmare. Look forwarded to that fantastic day! But if seriously, love this creamy dreamy dessert! It looks impeccable! There’s another fact from my experience – in Russia, even until recently it was impossible to find Oreos – the only places I saw them were Finland and Sweden. So I cannot say I’m get used to incorporating them in cooking, but I always enjoy photographies; somehow these cookies make desserts outstandingly looking.
You’re telling me, Ben! I would NEVER have imagined I would be doing this as a job. Crazy I say! You’re right…5 years from now, I’m going to look back and wonder why I didn’t bake nearly enough with lavender. Haha! I can’t believe you’ve only recently been introduced to the wonders of the Oreo. I mean, they’re store-bough cookies and all…but oh so good!
this is pretty much the cheesecake of my dreams! CRAVING a huge slice!!
Oh man, I had a huge slice the other night, Manali…and it was the perfect way to end the weekend! Now I need another one tomorrow as a way to kick off the next weekend! 🙂
Hahahaha! I’m sorry, but I could not help but laugh out loud at your video game addiction! I think we were all into something during our pre-marital days… it’s amazing how much life (and you) change once you settle down. Anyways, oreos are the bomb and cheesecake is well, like you said, delicious! The two combined together? WOWZA! Your cheesecake looks sensational, David! Gimme Gimme! Cheers, buddy!
Yeah, I made some pretty dumb mistakes back there in my bachelor days! Fortunately my (future) wife saw through my stupidity at the time! Cheesecake + Oreo = my dessert heaven. Hope you have an awesome day, Chey!! (And hope you are feeling better…)
This looks delicious, David! But your new challenge is to invent a game-day dessert that makes use of all of that discarded Oreo filling!
Oh no…no way! I love brainstorming ideas…but Oreo filling? You’re issuing a might difficult challenge there, Jeff!
Oreo cheesecake is one of my all time favorites! I’m pinning this now because I definitely will be trying it later. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Dara!! This is definitely one of my go-to cheesecakes when I really want a delicious dessert for company…or just for myself. 🙂
Wow! This looks amazing! I mean how could you go wrong with oreos and cheese cake? I love the story behind it…amaizng you could quite video games cold turkey like that!
Haha…I agree! It’s pretty difficult to go wrong whenever you combine Oreos and cheesecake. 🙂 And let’s not talk about the video games…I miss my games! (Just kidding…it was a small thing to give up in the big picture!)
I’m not even a huge oreo cookie fan, but this cheesecake has changed all of that! It looks delicious!!
My current favorite cheesecake is the banana cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. And a fan favorite of my family and friends is my famous sweet potato cheesecake with praline topping. 🙂
Ooo…Banana cheesecake. I don’t think I’ve ever had that one from Cheesecake Factory, but now I am totally intrigued. I need to go google a photo of it! And sweet potato praline cheesecake? Could you remind me any more of the South?? 🙂
MATE. Sorry for the caps but 100% legit oreo cheesecake was my all time favorite cheesecake/cake/dessert- Ever since mum brought a slice from an event when I was in high school, ohhh geebuz im forwarding this to Niki to eventually pass on to mum.
Oh video games. Not going to lie, I knew I had an issue when I got too emotionally invested in my Sims and nearly cried when one died. :/
Oh man, this is one legit cheesecake, too, Arman…it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts. Wait, can Niki get Oreos in the Outback? Maybe you can mail her some. You’ve gotta crumble ’em up finely for the crust, so the shipping halfway around the world will actually be helping her out. Haha! I never got into Sims, but I can appreciate your love and dedication to the game. It just means you have a big, caring heart, right? 🙂
Can this be made as mini cheesecake? I would like to make but in single serving sizes.
Hey Wendy, you could absolutely make these in smaller mini-cheesecake forms! (Assuming you have mini-cheesecake pans, of course.) The only thing that will change is you’ll just have to bake them for less time. Just keep an eye on them while in the oven and when the center ~1′ or so is set but still ‘jiggles’ a little bit when you shake the pan, then you’re done! I also do like the frozen trick (that I mentioned in recipe) for getting cheesecakes out of the pan. Good luck, and enjoy! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂