Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

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These are sooooo good for breakfast!!!!


I literally told one of my co-workers that I wasn't a sweet-tooth last Friday, and then on Sunday I made these Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars.  It's like me saying that I wasn't a sweet tooth was a personal challenge for myself to not give up on the idea of one day choosing a chocolate bar over a bag of chips in the vending machine.  And wow, I was totally like "sorry, salty treats who?' when I started diving into the pan of these things for the first time.  Delicious! 

Even though I claim to not crave chocolate either, Cookies and Cream is one of my ultimate food pairings.  Since going gluten free in July it has been a little hard to get my hands on this flavour combo, and I especially miss a Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie blizzard every once in awhile.  For these bars, I used gluten free Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies by Glutino, and it literally tasted exactly like using Oreos would have.

Merveilleusement crémeux...ooh la la!
You can also obviously just use Oreos.  Or, better yet, do you have any Girl Guide cookies laying around uneaten?  Unlikely.  But, if so you could definitely use those or something like Fudgeos in these Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars.  

The crunch of the cookie base is so good in contrast to the soft cream cheese and cookie chunk layer.  The final product is almost closer to a real cheesecake than to that of a square, so it's a little messy, but the solid cookie crumb bottom acts like a little edible plate, if you will, and with a napkin on standby you are good to go.  It all blends to well together, and I just. want. to. eat. the. entire. pan.  

And, well, I almost did.

But...I used light cream cheese, which gets you pretty close to negative calories I think.  Good thing I was able to stop myself before going totally off the deep-end, and instead brought in a plateful of leftovers to my co-workers at work this week.  I'm officially back to being a salty-tooth now...until next time (I'd go to 'the other side' for these bars any day)!

Kudos to the Recipe Girl blog for introducing me to these cheesecake bars - yum!
After the picture was taken, this little guy was gone in about 2.2 
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

Serves: 24 bars


  • 1 pound Oreo cookies (or use something similar like Glutino Chocolate and Vanilla Creme gluten free cookies, or Chocolate Girl Guide Cookies), or Fudgeos, or, or, or!), divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

Preheat your oven to 325F.  Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides of the pan so that it will be easier to lift out later.  Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Place 28 cookies into a food processor and process until finely ground.  Pour the cookie grinds into a large bowl, add the melted butter, and stir until all of the crumbs are moistened.  Pour the cookie crumb mixture into the lined pan, and press down firmly with your fingers until it is evenly distributed all over the bottom and into the corners.  Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the pan to a wire cooling rack while you make the filling  Leave the oven on.  :)

Snap the remaining cookies in half, put them into the food processor, and pulse a few times until the cookies are just roughly chopped.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and the sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes.

My precious
Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat again until everything is mixed together.  Add the sour cream, vanilla, and salt, and beat together for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after adding each egg.  After adding the last egg, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and beat one more time, juuuuuust to make sure that everything is totally mixed.  Stir in the chopped cookies.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked cookie crust and smooth the top with a spatula.  Bake for 40 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but still a little wobbly in the centre when you gently shake the pan.  Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, for at least an hour.  When cool, cover it with foil and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Remove from the fridge.  Lift the cheesecake out of the pan using the foil overhang, and place onto a large cutting board.  Use a very sharp large knife, cut the cheesecake into bars.  You will need to rinse off the knife and wipe dry after each cut to get a nice clean edge on the bar.  Serve cold.

Recipe Source:  Recipe Girl


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  1. So do you chop up the cookies with the cream inside of them? Seems like it would get more like a paste if I threw them in the food processor.

    1. I predicted the same thing, but surprisingly it didn't turn into a paste at all. The result was a soft powdery mixture. Let me know how you like them if you do try them out! Thanks for commenting. :) - Megan

  2. You can do this with the no bake cheesecake also, just add your chopped cookies to the mix and refrigerate till firm. That means letting the crust cool after baking. A nice summertime alternative to having your oven on so long.

    1. Ohhhh that's a great idea!!! Now I have to make them again - haha! Thanks for commenting! :) - Megan

  3. I don't have a food processor. Will a blender work?

    1. It could work, but it may be a little frustrating because you would have to work in small batches. Nevertheless, I don't see why it wouldn't work. Another easy solution would be to put the cookies into a large Ziploc freezer bag, close it up, and bash away with a rolling pin or other heavy object until all of the cookies have turned into crumbs. Good luck! Let me know what you think if you do end up making these, and thanks for commenting!! :) - Megan

  4. Awesome Recipe! I have been missing The Cheesecake Factory more than anything since I went gluten-free several months ago. I can't wait to try several variations of this recipe including an attempt to re-create the white chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake that I have been missing so much! (You probably already know this but it is worth mentioning just in case... Make sure that your vanilla extract is gluten-free because some are not). ;)

    1. Please send over the recipe for that cheesecake - it sounds amazing!!!! Thanks for the tip...I was actually not aware of that but will check the label from now on! Have a great day! :) Megan

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