Oreo cheesecake is smooth, creamy, and loaded with chunks of Oreos. Make this recipe for a special occasion or as an indulgent treat!
This is seriously THE BEST cookies and cream cheesecake you will ever eat! It bakes up super rich and creamy, and it has minimal cracking without using a water bath.
Plus, the Oreo crust has the perfect balance between being substantial and firm, yet soft enough for a fork to easily glide through it.
You can use this same Oreo cheesecake recipe to try other flavor combinations – just replace the Oreo crust with a graham cracker crust and replace the cookies in the filling with whatever else you can come up with!
This cheesecake only requires a handful of ingredients and, good news, they’re almost all fridge and pantry staples.
Crust: chocolate sandwich cookies and melted butter
Dairy section: cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs (plus an extra yolk)
Pantry staples: granulated sugar, flour, vanilla extract, salt
The most important note about the ingredients is to make sure you use full-fat, block-style cream cheese (not the spreadable kind in a tub that you put on bagels) for the best flavor and texture.
How to make Oreo cheesecake
The process of putting this dessert together is fairly simple, but there are several things to pay close attention to.
Before you begin, here are a few tips for making the perfect cheesecake:
Plan ahead – Between baking, resting, cooling, and refrigerating, making this oreo cheesecake requires a lot of time. It would be best to make this at least a day before you plan on serving it.
Room temperature ingredients – All of the chilled ingredients should be brought to room temperature before making the cheesecake batter. This allows everything to blend better, resulting in a smooth cheesecake.
Measure out ingredients – This tip applies to any recipe, but especially ones like this, where everything comes together quickly. Having everything measured out in prep bowls will also help warm up the cold ingredients faster.
Don’t over mix – Mixers can incorporate a lot of air into the batter, and too much air means the cheesecake will crack when baked. Keep it on medium-low speed and use the paddle attachment if you’ll be using a stand mixer.
Step by step instructions
Prepare the Oreo crust
Place the cookies into a food processor, filling and all. Pulse until there are no more large chunks. Add in the melted butter and pulse a few times to combine everything.
Transfer the cookie mixture to a greased springform pan. Gently press into the bottom and halfway up the sides, then refrigerate until it’s set.
Make the Oreo cheesecake filling
Cut up the remaining Oreos and bring the cold ingredients to room temperature. Next, use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, flour, sugar, and salt. Mix until everything is smooth and creamy.
Then, mix in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Add in the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, mixing briefly between each addition.
Gently mix a few more times by hand before folding in the cookie pieces.
Assemble and bake
Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour in the filling. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out the top.
Bake the outside is set but the middle is still jiggly.
NOTE: Don’t use a cake tester in the middle – it won’t help you in this case. Plus, you’ll just be making a hole in the cheesecake.
Turn off the oven, but leave the oreo cheesecake inside, with the oven door cracked, for an hour. This allows it to finish baking and helps prevent cracks.
Cool and serve
Next, transfer the cheesecake to a wire rack and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but the longer the better.
30 minutes or so before serving, remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator. This will loosen the ring mold so it can be easily removed without damaging the cheesecake.
Gluten-Free – It’s possible to make this Oreo cheesecake recipe gluten-free by substituting a few ingredients. Use a gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookie in place of the Oreos, and then substitute a 1:1 gluten-free flour for the all-purpose used in the filling.
Oreo Cookies – You’ll need a full standard-size package for this recipe to have enough cookies for the crust and the filling.
Cream Cheese – Use full-fat block-style cream cheese for the best texture and flavor.
Storage – Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Freezing Instructions – This cheesecake freezes exceptionally well! To freeze the whole cheesecake, cool and chill as directed in the recipe, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then again in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To freeze individual slices, wrap each in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer-safe zip-top bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
Make the Crust: In a medium bowl, stir together the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter with a fork until evenly moistened. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the prepared springform pan. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
Make the Cheesecake: Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt until the mixture is creamy and no lumps of cream cheese remain, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the heavy cream and vanilla and beat to combine. Beat in the eggs and yolk one at a time, beating for about 15 seconds before adding the next. Using a rubber spatula, mix a few times by hand to ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Fold in the quartered Oreo cookies.
Pour the filling into the chilled crust and spread into an even layer. Bake until the outer couple inches of cheesecake looks puffed and set, but the center still jiggles when you move the pan, about 40 to 55 minutes. Turn off the oven, crack open the door and leave the cheesecake inside for 1 hour.
After an hour, remove the cheesecake from the oven, place on a wire cooling rack and run a thin knife around the edge of the cake. Allow to cool completely to room temperature. Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving, unmold the cheesecake and place it on a serving platter. Leftover cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.