As some of you may know, I married my love, Jake this past May. We had a very small, intimate wedding, about 50 guests, and have planned a “Ya’ll-Come” reception in August for those who were not in attendance.
Jake and I have decided on serving desserts at our reception and I of course have to try out all of the recipes prior to serving them to our guests ;). This recipe is the first of many to come in the next month. I just sure hope I can keep up with my P90x with all of the sweet-treats that will be in our house in the next few weeks.
I am warning you though… the recipe below may bring out some effort on your part to restrain yourself from temptation. This recipe contains photos and descriptions that will make your mouth drool and make you fight the urge to run to the grocery store to purchase what you need to make these bars.
Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Recipe taken from Recipegirl.com
What you need:
For the crust:
- 1 package Oreo cookies
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take two sleeves of Oreo’s and break in half. Place in blender or food processor to crush them until they are finely ground. Once ground to a very fine consistency, place in a bowl with melted butter. Be sure to mix well so that butter is spread throughout the crushed Oreo’s.
Taking 13×9 pan, place foil on the bottom and coat with pan spray. Press the crust into bottom of pan, being sure to spread evenly. Place pan in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.
For the filling:
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar I used Tanzania sugar
- 3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
In a large bowl add cream cheese and sugar and using an electric mixer, cream together. This will take 2-3 minutes to get the smooth consistency you are looking for. Once you have smooth batter, add sour cream and vanilla, being sure to mix well. Add one egg at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Using the remaining Oreos, (one sleeve, unless you gave into temptation and ate a couple like I did), place in blender or food processor and crumble. I personally prefer chunks of Oreos in the batter, so only hit the button a couple of times. Once the Oreos are to a consistency that you would like and the batter is smooth and blended well, add the Oreos to the smooth batter by folding them in.
In the cooled crust, pour the Oreo cheesecake batter into dish, being sure to smooth out the top.
Place dish into oven and bake for at least 35 to 40 minutes. You want the middle to jiggle a little, but the sides to be pulling away. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
Tick. Tock. Tick Tock. Oh the waiting is just painful.
Klaus was waiting patiently by having
sprawled out front row seating while the bars baked.
Once the bars are completely cooled, place them in the fridge to chill. The minimum is one hour, but the longer you wait, the better. Jake and I were not in the patient mood and dug in as soon as an hour was up.
To cut, you can pull the bars out by the foil and place on a cutting board to cut, or just cut straight out of the pan if not using them for anything other than your own personal enjoyment. 🙂
Can you guess which piece is mine?
OH MY GOD… these are phenomenal.
It’s been two days since I have made these, and I will tell you, they are even better when they have been hanging out in the fridge and completely cooled.
I am still looking for some ideas for easy desserts to make and serve to our guests… Be sure to let me know if you have a recipe you’d like to share!