Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Mmm cheesecake.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet without being cloying, and it’s delicious.  Always.  So when a friend came to work lamenting the “oreo cheesecake” she had gotten at Mike’s, saying that it was merely chocolate cake with some wierd creamcheese filling, I started plotting these little delights.  She lamented the Mike’s cheesecake in August or so and I made her these in November; enough time for her to totally forget about that disappointment :)

Ingredients

My first challenge for these was to determine just what exactly I was going to do for the cupcakes and as Twitter was alive with Joanne Chang’s Flour cookbook and it seemed to be THE cookbook everyone was using. I determined that I needed to make her oreos.  So I found the recipe on Boston.com thanks to Joanne Chang herself directing me to it (super thanks!).  And started plotting.  I had a vision of cheesecake with a full oreo base, until I realized that making all those oreos was just way more work than I was willing to put in ;P
So I just made the cookies, sans filling, and put them in my mini-cheesecake pan as crust.  They were delicious, and will definately be made this way again!

The cheesecake was a breeze, after a quick phone call to my mom (the bible of all cooking questions and head-full of random and mostly useful information), I had a cheesecake recipe that worked with what I had in my pantry/fridge.  I was giddy.  I started cooking on Sunday around 1pm.  I finished cooking around 8pm.  I was exhausted, but it was worth it.  Homemade Oreos, dark chocolate cheesecake, vanilla cheesecake, dark chocolate cheesecake.  Delicious.  And perfect.  My coworkers certainly thought so!

Oreo Cheesecake
Note: I’ve made a lot of cheesecake.  This one is very simple.  Try it.  If you want to make a full-sized cheesecake follow all of the directions below but replace the oreo cookie with a cookie crumb crust and  bake the cakes for an additional 10-15 minutes.  Also, I used the Flour recipe for my oreo cookies in the bottom of the cheesecake.  I baked the cookies according to the recipe, did not fill them, then cut them to size and dropped them into my mini spring-form pan.

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1-8oz pkg cream cheese, full-fat, softened to room temp
1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream, separated
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 Fahrenheit.  Melt the chocolate chips over low heat.  Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until creamy.  Add 1/2 cup of the Greek yogurt or sour cream and the eggs to the cream cheese-sugar mixture.  Beat this until smooth.  Pour 1/3 of the cheesecake batter into another bowl and add the vanilla to this bowl.  Mix well.  Add the melted chocolate to the larger quantity of cheesecake batter (roughly 2/3 of the whole batter).  Mix well.  In a mini-spring-form pan (or a cupcake tin lined with paper cups) drop the cheesecake batter over the homemade oreo cookies, alternating chocolate-vanilla-chocolate for an oreo look. Pouring your batter gently over the back of a spoon (to disperse it, like making a layered cocktail) will keep the layers from blending together.  Put the cheesecakes in the oven.  While the cheesecakes cook, combine the rest of the yogurt/sour cream (1 cup) and the 2 tbs of brown sugar to make a glaze. Remove the cheesecake from the oven (about 10 minutes into baking) and glaze them with the yogurt/brown sugar mixture.  Return the cheesecakes to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, until they are light golden brown.  Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely; overnight or at least 6 hrs is ideal.  Serve them to someone who loves sweets, they’ll be over the moon about them.  I swear it.

3 thoughts on “Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

  1. This looks so good! Sometimes baking can take a lot of time but it is definitely worth the effort!

  2. Ooooh I love oreos and I love cheesecake! I've actually been on the hunt for a good oreo cheesecake and this might just be it :)

  3. Hi Kathy,
    I just found your blog through "Boston Food Bloggers." You have so many great recipes and pics! I'm also from MA.

    I just went to Joanne Chang's book signing for "Flour" last night at the Natick Mall! She was awesome! She made the Poptarts from her book. They were flaky and delicious. Can't wait to try some of her recipes.

    Stop by my blog when you have a minute. Have a great weekend!

    http://www.makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.com

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