Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Oreo Cheesecake Bars
5 from 1 vote
Discover the joy of baking with our Oreo Cheesecake Bars recipe. Perfect for beginners, this delightful dessert combines the crunch of Oreos with the smoothness of cheesecake. It's a simple, yet satisfying treat that's sure to impress.
Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Oreo Cheesecake Bars bring together two beloved treats: the classic cookie and the rich, creamy cheesecake. This recipe is a modern twist on traditional cheesecake, tracing its roots back to ancient Greece, where cheesecake was a popular dish.

Through the years, it evolved, particularly in America, where cream cheese became a key ingredient. Making these bars isn’t too tricky, which is great news for beginners or anyone after a fuss-free baking experience.  

The process involves creating a buttery Oreo base topped with a smooth cream cheese blend, punctuated with chunks of Oreo for that extra crunch. The result is a rich, creamy bar with a satisfying texture contrast. 

Variations of this recipe can cater to different tastes. For instance, some might prefer a hint of chocolate or espresso in the cream cheese mix, or perhaps a drizzle of caramel on top. The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility; it can be adapted easily to suit your preferences or whatever’s in the cupboard. 

The key to the perfect Oreo Cheesecake Bar is in the balance of flavours and textures. The Oreo base provides a firm, crunchy foundation, contrasting beautifully with the smooth, velvety cream cheese filling. The addition of sour cream adds a slight tang, complementing the sweetness of the Oreos and sugar. 

This dessert is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a casual get-together or a more formal gathering. It’s also a great way to introduce children to baking, as the recipe involves simple, straightforward steps that can be followed easily. 

So, let’s get into the details of what makes this recipe special. The first layer, the Oreo crust, is made from crushed Oreos mixed with melted butter, creating a base that’s both crunchy and buttery. This layer sets the stage for the rich, creamy cheesecake filling. 

The filling, a blend of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract, is where the magic happens.  

When these ingredients are beaten together, they create a mixture that’s both light and rich, with a smooth texture that’s irresistible.  

The addition of sour cream enhances the creaminess and adds a slight tang, balancing the sweetness. Finally, the coarsely chopped Oreos folded into the filling add a delightful crunch and intensify the chocolate flavour. 

This Oreo Cheesecake Bars recipe offers a delightful fusion of textures and flavours. It’s a testament to the timeless appeal of cheesecake and the universal love for Oreos. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to bring joy and deliciousness to your kitchen. 

Expert Tip: For the best texture, ensure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you start. This makes it easier to blend smoothly, preventing lumps in your cheesecake layer. 

What Ingredients to Use & Why

In my Oreo Cheesecake Bars recipe, each ingredient plays a unique role, contributing to the overall taste and texture. Let’s explore why these specific ingredients are chosen and what alternatives can be used. 

Oreos, Crushed: The Oreos create a delightful crust and bring a familiar chocolatey flavour that’s essential for this dessert. If you’re after a different twist, try using ginger snaps or chocolate chip cookies for a unique base flavour.  

Oreos also contribute significantly to the overall taste, providing a deep, rich chocolate note that pairs perfectly with the creamy cheesecake. 

Butter, Unsalted and Melted: Butter binds the crushed Oreos together, forming a solid base. It also adds a subtle richness. If you need an alternative, margarine or coconut oil can be used, though they may slightly alter the flavour profile. Butter enhances the taste by adding a creamy, slightly salty contrast to the sweet Oreos. 

Cream Cheese, Softened: Cream cheese is the core of any cheesecake recipe, offering a creamy, tangy flavour that’s irreplaceable. For a lighter version, low-fat cream cheese can be used, though it might slightly change the texture. The cream cheese brings a smooth, rich taste that balances the chocolatey Oreos. 

Granulated Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness and helps to balance the tanginess of the cream cheese. If you’re looking to reduce refined sugar, alternatives like honey or maple syrup can be experimented with, though they will alter the flavour slightly.  

Sugar plays a crucial role in enhancing the creamy sweetness of the cheesecake layer. 

Eggs: Eggs help to bind the filling, giving it a stable structure. They also contribute to the cheesecake’s creamy texture. If you’re avoiding eggs, some bakers use silken tofu or a commercial egg replacer, but this will change the texture.  

Eggs are important in achieving the characteristic smooth and firm texture of the cheesecake. 

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds a subtle, sweet flavour, enhancing the overall taste profile without overpowering the other ingredients. If unavailable, almond extract can be a good alternative, offering a different but equally delightful flavour.  

Vanilla subtly enhances the creamy flavour, tying together the tastes of cream cheese and Oreos. 

Sour Cream: Sour cream introduces a slight tanginess and contributes to the creamy texture. Greek yogurt can be a good substitute, offering a similar tang and creaminess. Sour cream is essential for balancing the sweetness of the cheesecake with its light sour notes. 

Oreos, Coarsely Chopped: These add an extra crunch and intensify the Oreo flavour throughout the cheesecake. As an alternative, chocolate chips or nuts can be sprinkled in for a different texture and flavour. The chopped Oreos add a delightful texture contrast and reinforce the chocolate theme. 

Expert Tip: When pressing the Oreo crust into your baking dish, use the bottom of a glass for an even, firm layer. This helps create a solid base that won’t crumble when slicing the bars. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Oreo Cheesecake Bars in Advance? 

Yes, you certainly can! These bars are perfect for making ahead of time. Once cooled and set in the fridge, they can be stored for up to 5 days. Just keep them in an airtight container to maintain their freshness. This makes them ideal for parties or as a make-ahead dessert for a busy week. 

How Do I Know When the Cheesecake Bars are Done? 

The key to perfect Oreo Cheesecake Bars is the baking time. You’ll know they’re done when the edges are set, but the centre still has a slight wobble to it. It’s important not to overbake as the bars will continue to set as they cool. 

Can I Freeze Oreo Cheesecake Bars? 

Absolutely! These cheesecake bars freeze well. Once they’ve cooled and set, cut them into bars and wrap each bar individually in cling film. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, just thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 

Is It Possible to Make a Gluten-Free Version? 

Yes, you can make a gluten-free version of Oreo Cheesecake Bars. Simply use gluten-free Oreos or a similar gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookie for the crust. The rest of the ingredients are naturally gluten-free. 

Can I Use Low-Fat Cream Cheese? 

You can use low-fat cream cheese, but it will affect the texture and richness of the cheesecake. Full-fat cream cheese is recommended for the creamiest, richest texture and flavour. 

What Can I Use Instead of Sour Cream? 

If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute it with an equal amount of Greek yogurt. It will give a similar tanginess and creamy texture to the cheesecake layer. 

Expert Tip: After baking, allow the cheesecake bars to cool at room temperature before refrigerating. This gradual cooling helps prevent cracks and ensures a smooth top layer. 

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

by Nabeela Kauser
Discover the joy of baking with our Oreo Cheesecake Bars recipe. Perfect for beginners, this delightful dessert combines the crunch of Oreos with the smoothness of cheesecake. It’s a simple, yet satisfying treat that’s sure to impress.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 12
Calories 389 kcal

Ingredients

  • 200 g Oreos Crushed
  • 60 g Butter Unsalted and melted
  • 500 g Cream Cheese Softened
  • 150 g Sugar Granulated
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 200 ml Sour Cream
  • 100 g Oreos Coarsely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 160°C (325°F) and line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine the crushed Oreo cookies and melted butter. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish to create the crust.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Gently fold in the sour cream and coarsely chopped Oreo cookies.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the Oreo crust in the baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are set, and the centre is slightly jiggly.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.
  • Once chilled, cut into bars and serve. Enjoy your delicious Oreo Cheesecake Bars!

Notes

Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 276mgPotassium: 146mgFibre: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 826IUVitamin C: 0.1mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 68mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Baked, Cheesecakes, Chocolate, Food, Oreo, Oreo Cheesecake, Recipe
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