Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake has long been my dessert infatuation of choice. Having never been a big fan of traditional cake with frosting (I know, right?!), I started turning to birthday alternatives around the time I was in middle school. I went through an ice cream cake phase, then it was tiramisu and finally, cheesecake. I’ve had some version of cheesecake for my birthday more years than I can count. Once I really got the baking bug, I started experimenting with baking my own. The very first birthday “cake” that I made myself was an Oreo Cheesecake, as that was my favorite flavor from The Cheesecake Factory at the time. I don’t make many cheesecake bars (instead opting for a cheesecake the size of my head), but after playing around with some cheesecake bars this summer, I decided I needed to make more of them. An Oreo version was the next logical step.

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars have a thick, substantial crust, which I love. Nothing is worse than cheesecake or cheesecake bars that sit upon a wimpy, thin, soggy crust. Thick and sturdy is the only way to go, and this crust fits the bill. On top is a smooth, creamy cheesecake that is absolutely packed with chopped Oreo cookies. One of the things I love about cheesecake bars is that I don’t feel nearly as guilty about eating two as I do when I eat two pieces of cheesecake (not that that’s ever stopped me!).

I haven’t used them in this recipe yet, but if you wanted to go the 100% from-scratch route, you could even use homemade Oreos! That cuts down on the guilt factor even more ;-) ¬†If you give them a try in the recipe, I’d love to hear how it goes!

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Oreos…¬†Cheesecake…

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

A bar version of the fabulous Oreo Cheesecake, complete with an Oreo crumb crust and a creamy cheesecake loaded with chopped Oreo cookies!

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
23 Oreo cookies (store-bought or homemade)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sour cream
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
12 Oreo cookies (store-bought or homemade), coarsely chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, allowing it to hang over two of the sides.

2. Make the Crust: Process the Oreo cookies in a food processor until they are turned into fine crumbs. Drizzle the melted butter over top and pulse a handful of times until the butter is evenly distributed and all of the crumbs are moist. Dump the crumbs into the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes (leave the oven on).

3. Make the Cheesecake: Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat until incorporated.

4. Slowly add the eggs, beating well after each addition, and mix until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sour cream and vanilla, beating until incorporated.

5. Gently fold in the chopped Oreos, then pour the batter over the prepared crust, smoothing it into an even layer. Bake until the edges are set but the middle still jiggles slightly, about 40 to 50 minutes.

6. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or up to 24 hours) before serving.

7. To serve, lift the cheesecake out of the pan using the parchment or foil handles. Slice into bars and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

(Recipe adapted from Table for Two)

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  1. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife on January 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Wow these looks so rich and delicious!

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  2. Lu on January 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Yummmmm! I’m hungry right now (it’s six a.m. in Italy!). So delicious! Have a good day, Lu

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  3. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on January 24, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I totally agree on the awesomeness of a nice sturdy crust. Nothing is worst than a soggy cheesecake crust! These look delicious!

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  4. Aikko @ Bake Happy on January 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Another great way to enjoy oreos! Yey! Thanks Michelle! :)

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  5. Miriam @ Overtime Cook on January 24, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Oh my god. I absolutely need to make this one! Totally drooling at my computer here!

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  6. Azzina on January 24, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Always i miss the perfect timing of your post. Simple awesome
    Cheese cake.

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  7. Elaine@mortgagefreeinthree.com on January 24, 2013 at 4:43 am

    This looks fabulous – I am off to have a look around our local shops to see if there is something I can substitute for your Oreo cookies (I am Scottish BTW).

    My son has been ill – and this could be a perfect pick-me-up for him this weekend.

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  8. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on January 24, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Those oreo cheesecake bars look so good! I could go with a few of them for breakfast right now! :)

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  9. megan @ whatmegansmaking on January 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

    These look amazing! I love oreo cheesecake – but I don’t think I’ve ever had it made from scratch – just those pudding cheesecake things. I’ve got to try this :)

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  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 24, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Oh man, I love oreos and cheesecake and together looks heavenly!!! What a beautiful recipe!

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  11. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) on January 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Ohhhh my goodness! These are amazing! I’m with you– no wimpy crust.

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  12. 5lita5 on January 24, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I SO love the newsletter every day, but you are SOOO killing me and my resolve to slow down on the sweets!! These look absolutely decadent and have set off my sweet tooth… not that it was really in hibernation. :) Thanks for bringing sweetness & joy & flavor & friendship (yes friendship! You write SO well, it’s hard to NOT relate to you as someone I really know in person) & FUN to my Inbox every morning. I look forward to them & to seeing what you & Einstein have been up to & what new delicious item is awaiting me.

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  13. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    These look great! I looovvee cheesecake. We go to the cheesecake factory fairly often and we always get a slice at the end. The oreo one used to be my go-to, but then I discovered the red velvet one. Ugh, SO GOOD.

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  14. bridget {bake at 350} on January 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I just fainted.

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  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on January 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

    These look like a big cookies and cream Hershey’s bar!! Yum!

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  16. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh my, these just look fantastic! I too am a sucker for cheesecake. But, add oreo’s to the mix, and I’m your girl! :D Yum!

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  17. Kristine on January 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Looks pretty damn awesome!!

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  18. Sues on January 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

    These look CRAZY awesome!! What could be better??

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  19. Julie @ Table for Two on January 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    These look so good I could just lick the screen! I need to make these again!

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  20. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’m such a sucker for an Oreo crust. Growing up, I never really liked cheesecake but lately I’ve been obsessing over it. I just love to tangy/sweet combo. So good!

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  21. Anne @ Have a Cookie! on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Y-U-M!

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  22. natalie on January 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    these look amazing! I’ve made mini oreo cheesecake “cupcake” style, but bars sound even better!

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  23. marie @ little kitchie on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    These look so good and decadent!

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  24. Veronica on January 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. Two of my favorites in ONE!?!?! I definitely will be trying this recipe over the weekend! I can’t wait!

    Pretty Girl Rock Blog

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  25. Holiday Baker Man on January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Deadly good.

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  26. Gayle on January 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Can’t get enough of your Blog! Just added another recipe on my must try list! Thanks Michelle

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  27. mary on January 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Question: Do you leave the creme center of the cookies when making the crust or do you scrape the cream out before processing?

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    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Mary, I use the whole cookie, I don’t scrape out the middle.

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  28. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction on January 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Can’t go wrong with stuffing cheesecake with Oreos!

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  29. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on January 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I have been craving Oreo’s lately, this isn’t helping :)

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  30. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on January 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oh, if these are as good as your Oreo cheesecake cookies then they will be amazing!!

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  31. rebecca on January 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Question: are you using just the cookie part or the cookie and cream filling?

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    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Rebecca, I use the entire cookie – cookie and cream, both.

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  32. Alicia on January 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    These look amazing. I have to make the ASAP!

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  33. Tasha Zee on January 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh my g… I need this in my life right now!

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  34. Musing Mar on January 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    These look so delicious, and I’m glad to see there’s no “wimpy” crust!!

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  35. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes on January 25, 2013 at 12:03 am

    These look bite into me now delicious ! Yum! Cheesecake is my weakness and I think you just made it my cryptonite by adding the Oreos.

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  36. Catherine on January 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Came over to seek a Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe and this recipe jumped out at me…so, of course, I had to gather all the ingredients in my kitchen and make it right away! It’s in the fridge right now and can’t wait to have it for breakfast…euh, I mean, lunch tomorrow!!

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  37. nikki on January 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    these look delicious. i’m going to have to make these for superbowl

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  38. Laura Dembowski on January 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    It’s so fun to put Oreos in dessert! These bars look so decadent and creamy!

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  39. Dawne on January 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Oops wondered why pan so full and accidently used 16oz cream cheese. In oven and praying for the best.

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  40. Madiha on January 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Question: hey these look divine! I’m gonna try them ASAP. Just a quick question, what cream cheese should I use or u would suggest me? Salted? Kiri, puck? Plz do let me know! It’s important coz I live in Pakistan and its not easy finding the best at times! Plus in case of the absence of sour cream, is there any substitute for it?
    Thank you and awaiting your response soon!
    Regards,
    Madiha

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    • Michelle on January 27th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Madiha, Here in the U.S. we really only have one type of cream cheese; it is the typical Philadelphia brand, and most grocery stores have their own generic brand that they sell as well. You could substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream.

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  41. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on January 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I also love a substantial crust on a cheesecake. It helps break up the cheesecake part a little and add a little crunch. Yum!

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  42. Shiloh Barkley on January 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Yummy! These look fantastic!

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  43. Ghazala on January 28, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Yum yum! I saw your all recipes are amazing…

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  44. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up on January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    It is so true that cheesecake bars seem less guilty than an actual slice of cheesecake. I love that I can cut semi-reasonable sizes with bars and still feel like I got to eat my whole portion.

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  45. Julie Cruz on February 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I made these today for a Superbowl dessert. They are all GONE! Easy and tasty – Thanks!!

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  46. Sheri on February 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I made these yesterday for a Super Bowl party and they were beyond amazing. I got so many compliments on them, and I thought they were incredibly delicious! I normally make Martha Stewart’s Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes- but these were even better- and I’ll be making them from now on.
    Thank you for a great recipe!

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  47. Soft Cut Saws on February 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Hello fabulous!

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  48. Cupcakesoul on February 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Do you think it is okay that I bake in a muffin tin with same recipe and same cooking time?

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    • Michelle on February 10th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I am honestly not sure, as I have never adapted a bar recipe to a muffin tin. You would certainly need a shorter bake time.

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    • Sarah on January 28th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I’m also planning to try these in a muffin tin!
      Did you find a good cooking time? I was thinking 15-20 minutes might do it.

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  49. Jennifer on February 13, 2013 at 7:02 am

    What size pan do you use for this recipe? And do you use a glass casserole, baking pan, or spring form…?

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    • Michelle on February 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Jennifer, Per the recipe above, an 8×8 square baking pan. Mine is metal.

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  50. Irina on February 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I made these for Valentine’s day to bring to class that I teach. They all loved it, I love it – was my breakfast, my kids loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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