Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

Along with my snickerdoodle cupcakes (recipe below), I also made these delicious and easy cookies and cream cheesecakes for my friends birthday. The best thing about these is that they are super simple. Using a whole Oreo cookie for the bottom of the cheesecake cupcakes is a great base, and takes a lot of the hassle out of making a cookie-crumb crust.  I'm a huge fan of cookies and cream, so if you are too, this recipe if definitely for you. Thanks Martha!

Target was having a special on their spring edition of Oreo's. Hence the yellow Oreo filling and off-white color of the cheesecake. Still tastes delicious though!

42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.

Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.


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