A delicious, decadent, and easy cheesecake recipe filled and covered with Oreo pieces and topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Cheesecake can be intimidating to make, but it doesn’t have to be! When you don’t overcomplicate it, cheesecake is a very easily-executed dessert that doesn’t have to involve hours of working away in the kitchen, water baths, and all sorts of unnecessary steps. Now, it might brown a bit or even crack, but none of that really matters. Nothing a drizzle of chocolate syrup or a generous dollop of Cool Whip won’t fix!
What is Oreo cheesecake?
Oreo cheesecake is a dessert that features the creaminess and richness of cheesecake and the crunchy goodness of Oreo cookies. Typically, the crust is made of crushed Oreos with a fat, like butter. The filling of the cheesecake is a cream cheese mixture with crushed Oreos. This particular Oreo cheesecake also features crushed Oreos on top. The cheesecake is usually baked and then cooled overnight for a delicious, rich, cool treat for the next day.
Oreos – Go for the name brand on this ingredient if you can. I’m sure off-brands will do, but I’ve often found the flavor and texture of the generic stuff to be a little different. This is just one of those situations where I abide by the rule: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Butter – You will need three tablespoons of butter that has been melted. I advise putting that butter in the microwave and melting it 5 seconds at a time until it’s nice and liquid.
Cream cheese – I always recommend the full-fat cream cheese for its richness, but if you are more nutritionally conscious, go for that lower fat or Neufchatel. You will need to soften four packages for your cheesecake filling. This can easily done by microwaving, leaving on the counter for 30 minutes, massaging back and forth between your hands, or submerging in warm water for 10 minutes.
Sugar – Make sure you have 1 1/4 cups of plain granulated sugar for this recipe.
Vanilla extract – Any kind will do, but make sure you have 2 teaspoons worth.
Eggs – You will need four large eggs to make this cheesecake. I always recommend you let them sit out for a little while and come to room temperature. Room temperature eggs combine more easily into baking mixtures.
How should you store cheesecake?
Cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. While it can be frozen as well, just keep in mind it can develop a soggy texture.
Here are two storage suggestions:
- Cover cheesecake with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Try to make it as airtight as possible to prevent drying out.
- Store cheesecake in an airtight container. This is the best method!
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Easiest Oreo Cheesecake
- 1 (14.3-ounce) package Oreos, divided
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch spring-form pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place about half of the Oreos (about 18) in a gallon size zip-top bag. Crush the cookies using a rolling pin. Pour the crushed Oreos into a small bowl and mix with the melted butter. Pour the mixture evenly into the bottom of the spring-form pan and press firmly to create a crust.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a bowl and hand mixer) combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Add the eggs and mix well. Roughly break up the remaining cookies and add them to the mixture, reserving some to sprinkle on top. Gently fold the cookies in and pour the batter onto the crust. Lightly tap the pan on the counter to get out any air bubbles. Sprinkle with the remaining Oreos.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the center in almost completely set. Cool and then refrigerate overnight to allow the cheesecake to firm up before serving (or at least 3 hours for those impatient folks). Drizzle with chocolate syrup and add a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.