Snickers Cheesecake

Snickers Cheesecake | #recipe

It’s become a bit of a tradition of mine over the last few years to bake something special to commemorate my dad’s birthday. I can’t believe that it’s been an incredible 15 years now since he has passed away; time definitely stops for no one. My dad would have turned 61 this coming Saturday, and I decided to mark the occasion with yet another Snickers dessert. As I mentioned last year when I made the Snickers Cake, it was his absolute favorite candy bar and my sister and I would rat him out on numerous occasions when we found the wrappers.

He and I shared very similar food tastes, including a dislike for most vegetables, a fondness for doctoring up a bowl of plain vanilla ice cream, and snacking on pretzels in the evening. It’s no surprise that we also shared a common love for the peanut, caramel, nougat and chocolate candy bars.

Snickers Cheesecake | #recipe

I don’t remember my dad being as head over heels for cheesecake as I am, but he certainly ate his fair share. I always have such a hard time deciding which dessert to choose when I go to The Cheesecake Factory. All of the options are pretty much paralyzing to someone who might possibly be the most indecisive person on the face of the planet. Seriously. I have a problem.

For some time now, though, I’ve been completely enamored with the Snickers cheesecake that they have. An Oreo crust will usually get me every time, but add in the chopped Snickers bars that are inside and on top of the cheesecake? Sold. I’ve been wanting to recreate it for awhile, and my dad’s upcoming birthday seemed like the perfect occasion.

Snickers Cheesecake | #recipe

I am 100% positive that my dad would be thrilled to have another Snickers dessert sitting in front of him to celebrate his birthday this year.

Although I can’t actually serve this to him, I’m certain that he’s enjoying it all the same.

Snickers Cheesecake | #recipe

One year ago: Snickers Cake
Two years ago: My Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Birthday Cake
Four years ago: Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake

Snickers Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 12 t 14 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 to 65 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

A Snickers cheesecake reminiscent of my favorite flavor from
The Cheesecake Factory.


For the Crust:
24 Oreo cookies (whole)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:
32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1¼ cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
20 fun size Snickers bars, coarsely chopped

For the Garnish:
Whipped cream
Chopped Snickers bars
Hot fudge sauce
Caramel sauce


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Make the Crust: Process the cookies in a food processor until ground into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture is evenly moistened. (If you do not have a food processor, you can place the cookies in a zip-top bag and crush into crumbs with a rolling pin, then transfer to a bowl and stir in the melted butter.) Press the crumb mixture evenly and firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

3. Make the Cheesecake: Beat together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well until fully incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped Snickers bars. Pour the batter on top of the crust and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the middle still jiggles a little.

4. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Once completely cool, refrigerate for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight).

5. Garnish the cheesecake with fresh whipped cream, more chopped Snickers bars and drizzles of hot fudge and caramel sauces. Leftover cheesecake can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


43 Responses to “Snickers Cheesecake”

  1. amanda @ fake ginger on April 10, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Beautiful cheesecake! I’m sure your dad would have loved it! <3


  2. Ala'a on April 10, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Your dad must be very proud to have such an amazing daughter who enlightens us with her amazing recipes! He’ll always be with you <3 Thank you for all your recipes, I adore your cheesecakes and can't wait to make this one! 🙂 THANK YOU <3


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 10, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Now THIS is a cheesecake and I know your dad would have loved every last bite! pinned


  4. Mir on April 10, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I’m sorry you lost your dad so young. What a lovely tribute to him! This is beautiful, and he must be so proud of you.


  5. Helen @ the crispy crouton on April 10, 2014 at 6:19 am

    This looks fabulous and a fitting tribute.


  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on April 10, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Your Dad would have loved this cheesecake! It looks amazing!! I think it is so sweet that every year you bake him him something for his birthday! He is looking down on you and is so very proud of you!


  7. Leia on April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Your Dad is always in your heart guiding you through life. Baking for him is another way to memorialize him. Good job.

    And as for the end of the recipe where it says the cheesecake can be refrigerated for up to 4 days….it never lasts long enough. We usually “gift” at least half of it to friends.

    Thanks for another recipe!!


  8. lori on April 10, 2014 at 7:13 am

    What a wonderful way to honor your father’s birthday. Thanks for sharing. It looks fantastic.


  9. Jenna on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 am

    You’re amazing.. there’s no way I could handle celebrating someone’s birthday who’s not around. Remembering them is one thing, but celebrating without them is too sad
    I love your snickers cheesecake recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂


  10. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom on April 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    oh my goodness. . LOVE!!!! The fat kid in me is squealing right now!


  11. Susan on April 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    What a great recipe and a great way memorializing your Dad! I’m sure you can picture him smiling and enjoying it to the last delicious bite! He’ll be with you always! I love all your recipes and look forward to receiving them daily–THANK YOU–you are an amazing baker! One question though, do you use a 9 or 10″ pan?


    • Michelle on April 10th, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Hi Susan, Thank you for the sweet words! I used a 9″ springform pan; I will update the recipe to reflect that.


  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on April 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This cake is craaaazy awesome!! So pretty and decadent!


  13. Moss on April 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    This recipe looks amazing! Bet your dad is smiling about somewhere now. Can’t wait to try. I too shared a fondness for many foodie things with my dad. One such treat: he always kept a snickers bar in the freezer. We shared them often over late night talks or after a long day of gardening or fishing. 🙂 Cheers to you and memories of your Dad!


  14. Belinda@themoonblushbaker on April 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    My dad passed away last month, so I can see the important of following a rituals in baking. My dad was my biggest pusher for taking baking to a career level; and I can not thank him enough.
    I am in ,love with your cheese cake, I made a cookie butter cheese cake this week too in memory of my dad. I am sure your dad would be proud to call you his daughter if you cook this.


  15. Rebecca on April 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love how food can connect us instantly to family despite years and separation.

    Btw, what size springform pan did you use? And do you prepare yours before putting in the crust?


    • Michelle on April 10th, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Hi Rebecca, I used a 9″ springform pan. I did not do anything to prepare it because it’s non-stick. You could butter it or spray with non-stick spray if you find things usually stick to it.


  16. AndreaL on April 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I cannot wait to try this – looks delicious!
    I love the fact that you are celebrating your dad in this way. Your dad has to be extremely proud of you for sharing yourself with so many people and getting us all to try your creations and spread the food love.


  17. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker on April 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

    It’s funny how food always connects us…even when they are not here in person. Every year on my dad’s birthday, I make a passionfruit inspired dessert as a way to remember him since he passed three years ago. I’m sure your dad is looking over you so proud of you!! And happy that you are remembering him fondly over delicious treats like this cake.


  18. Kelly on April 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    The Snickers Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory is my absolute favorite! This looks delicious!! It sounds like your dad would have really enjoyed this!


  19. Laurene on April 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your dad! This looks delicious. By any chance, did you have any issues with it cracking? I’m wondering if I could do this in a water bath for the same amount of time.


    • Michelle on April 11th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Laurene, It cracked a bit, but yes, you could certainly use a water bath.


  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on April 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    This is cheesecake heaven!


  21. Lisa on April 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    This looks amazing!!
    L x


  22. Martha in KS on April 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    What a wonderful daughter you are – I’m sure your Dad would love this cheesecake. My favorite sis has been gone 16 yrs. & would be 59 – time sure flies. Hold on to those great memories. Sending you a hug from Kansas.


  23. Linda C. on April 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I like the idea of making your dad a special dessert to commemorate his birthday! So sorry you lost him so young!!! My dad’s favorite candy was Snickers too, so maybe I’ll make this on June 17 for what would have been his 83rd birthday.


  24. ami@naivecookcooks on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I love cheesecakes from cheesecake factory! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂


  25. Mary Burlett on April 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Dad with us. I remember him each year.


  26. My Linh on April 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Gosh, this look like a cake I could devour in one sitting hahaha.. (Better not though).


  27. Jaclyn on April 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Oh my gorgeous! This has got to be like thee best cheesecake EVER!


  28. Emilia on April 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Bravo to you for celebrating your father’s life! He may not be sitting down with you to eat this amazing cake but he was in your heart (and who knows may have inspired you from above) when you ate it. I actually purchased those new Oreos with the peanut butter filling to use to make this cake but they accidentally fell into our mouths before I had a chance to make the cake. Next week…2 packages. Happy Easter!


  29. Chrissy on April 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Made this for one of our Easter desserts and it did not disappoint!


  30. Ala'a on April 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I made this twice so far! Incredibly awesome! Thank you Michelle <3 I just look forward to try every new cheesecake recipe you post, they are really amazing!


  31. Jeaan on July 29, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Made this the other day & I just had to come back to leave a rave review!
    This was the BEST tasting cheesecake I’ve ever had (or my guests) . Never again am I paying $7 for a slice of cheesecake at a restaurant. Yes, the ingredients might be a slight pricey but no more than $20 for a HUGE cake!
    The recipe is so easy to follow as well, no more effort than an out of box cake!
    My only problem was the cracking of the cheesecake, which I fixed wonderfully!
    You let it sit over night in fridge and when you’re about to garnish it, you try and squeeze the cake with your palms gently as far as it can go. Then dip your fingers or flat spatula in hot water and smooth out the cracks. Don’t worry you can hide any further uneveness with chocolate fudge sauce & tons of snickers 😉


  32. plasterer bristol on November 4, 2014 at 7:36 am

    These look amazing, thanks for posting this up, gonna give them a go.



  33. Sarah Aquilina on December 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Hi first of all very nice works. And ur cakes looks relish just one question the Oreo cookies is it with the cream filling too or do I have to remove it plz?


    • Michelle on December 14th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Sarah, You should leave the cream filling in.


  34. Katie on September 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Beb,
    I love your snickers recipes and this looks like another winner! I have a question though, I am short on time and only have about 6 hours (from now) until we will be meeting for dinner. What are the repercussions of the cheesecake not being able to set for the full 6 hours? I am estimating it will be able to sit for about 4 hours, and then sit in the fridge at the restaurant for maybe another 1-1.5 hours before we eat it.
    Thank you 🙂


    • Katie on September 10th, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      PS I have just realised this is an older post and you probably won’t get the chance to respond to me anytime soon. I am going to attempt to make it and see how I go! Wish me luck 🙂


    • Michelle on September 15th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Katie, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you in enough, but I’d love to hear how it turned out! Keeping the cheesecake chilled for that length of time helps it to set and to achieve that firm, creamy texture.


  35. Miriam ibrahim on November 25, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Hi Michelle
    Im gonna do your snickers cheesecake but just wondering if I could use brownies for the crust and how if I need to bake the cheesecake ? Thanks


    • Michelle on November 25th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Miriam, Brownies as a crust sounds delicious! I’m not sure how the baking time would need to be adjusted, though – haven’t tried it!


    • Kahlil on May 14th, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      You can definitely use brownies, i would highly recommend using butter instead of oil for the brownies. A normal 13×9 box of brownie mix makes too much for a crust, you want to use around half the brownie batter in your 9″ springform. Bake the brownies until they’re done, it should take about half the time on the box. Pour the cheesecake batter over your crust and bake as usual.


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