oreo cheesecake bars

Most great recipes are born out of necessity. For example, sometimes your boyfriend wants cheesecake and yet, somehow, you don’t own a springform pan (wtf). So you make bars, obviously. Nearly any dessert can be made into a bar. I’m pretty sure that ‘the bar’ is gods very own gift to us. Aside from alcohol and illicit drugs.

Enter the oreo cheesecake bar. Now, if you’re like me a lot of great oreos lost their life during the making of this blog post, but that’s okay. They were so brave, and very tasty.

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I think it pretty much goes without saying that these are good. Really good. Minus all the freaking oreos I ate at 10am on a Sunday. That was bad, all bad. Don’t get me wrong, they were delicious but the headache? Awful. So if you have some time, I suggest you make these and everyone will be happy.

OREO CHEESECAKE BARS

for the crust:
20 oreos
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

for the cheesecake:

16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
10 oreos

Step 1: preheat oven to 325ΒΊ. line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment or tinfoil. if this sticks, it will end your life.

Step 2: make the crust. Put cookies in food process and process well, until they’re all crumby, yo. Add melted Β butter and pulse until combined. add crust to pan and make sure it’s evenly distributed and packed in tightly. bake for 10 minutes.

Step 3: make the cheesecake. cream the cream cheese in a mixer for, eh…3 minutes until it’s not lumpy. slowly add sugar and make sure its combined well. add eggs one at a time until mixed. throw in the sour cream and vanilla and mix to combine.

Step 4: coarsely chop cookies. i cut mine into quarters, which is obviously the proper way to do this, but it’s your funeral. fold into batter.

Step 5: pour batter onto cooled crust and bake 45-50 minutes. you want it to be set with a little jiggle.

Step 6: let cool on a cooling rack, duh, for about an hour or however long it takes it to get it to room temp. this will vary depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

Step 7: once cooled, throw that pan into the fridge for a few hours because who wants to eat warm cheesecake? no one.