A chocolatey, Oreo crust and creamy cheesecake filling makes a perfect combination for these Oreo cheesecake bars! And to top it all off, the cheesecake filling is full of more crushed Oreos! An easy, kid friendly dessert!
Sometimes we want that delicious cheesecake dessert without all the hassle of cheesecake. Don't get me wrong, cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts! But it can be a lot, mixing all that cream cheese and sour cream, adding the pan to a water bath, probably burning yourself on said hot water, and then waiting for it to bake. Most of the time it cracks or isn't cooked all the way. It's a lot. Cheesecake bars to the rescue!
Why These Bars Are Amazing!
- They are filled with Oreos!- Come on! Who doesn't love an Oreo? Super chocolatey and full of cream filling. And we use the whole Oreo, filling and all!
- They are great room temperature or chilled- I prefer them chilled, but they would be great on a buffet and hanging out while people graze.
- They travel well!- Make these bars ahead of time and place them in an air tight container. Then bring them to your destination and sit back as you become the one who "brought the best dessert!".
Ingredients You'll Need
You probably already have these ingredients in your house, so this is a great dessert to make in a pinch!
- Oreos- You'll need about 30 whole Oreos.
- Cream cheese- Full fat cream cheese is best. Low fat or fat free tends to be more watery, and you want the fat from the cream cheese to hold the bars shape.
- Butter- Melted butter holds the crust together
- Sugar- ⅓ cup is all you need. There's plenty of sugar in the cookies already.
- Egg- Only 1 egg. It acts as a binder in the cream cheese mixture.
- Mixing Bowls
- Mixing Spoons
- Food Processor
- Hand Mixer
- Parchment Paper
- 8x8 inch baking pan
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
Step By Step Photos
Let's Make These Oreo Cheesecake Bars!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a food processor, add 20 Oreos. Pulse them until they are crumbs. Then add the melted butter and pulse 5 more times until the mixture looks like wet sand.
- Add parchment paper to an 8x8 baking dish. Press the Oreo cookie crumbs into the baking dish until it forms a layer on the bottom. Bake for 8 minutes. Take out the baking dish and allow it to cool while you make the cream cheese filling.
- In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. With a hand mixer, beat the mixture until completely combined and there are no more lumps.
- Add 8 Oreos to a Ziploc bag and crush them into small pieces. You can do this with a meat mallet or a rolling pin.
- Add the crushed Oreos to the cream cheese mixture and mix until combined.
- Once the crust is slightly cooled, add the cream cheese filling to the pan. Spread it out so it is evenly distributed.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the bars are slightly browned and there is no wobble in the middle of the bars. Allow the bars to cool before cutting.
How To Tell When These Bars Are Done
It might be hard to tell when cheesecake is done because you don't want to stick a toothpick in the middle like you would a cake or muffins. Because it's all cream cheese, a toothpick will always come out looking like it's not done and then you will overbake it.
To tell when the bars are done, they should be just slightly browned and there should not be a wobble left in the middle. With a pot holder, gently shake the pan. If it doesn't look like liquid wobbling in the middle, they are done. Allow the bars to cool before cutting them.
Tips and Tricks
- Why room temperature cream cheese? If the cream cheese is not at room temperature, it will form lumps in the cheesecake mixture and not be completely smooth.
- A stand mixer will mix the cream cheese filling just as well as a hand mixer.
- Most grocery stores sell Oreo cookie crumbs to use instead of Oreos. You'll want 2 cups of the crumbs for the crust and ½ cup to mix into the cream cheese filling.
- Adding the parchment paper to the 8x8 baking dish prevents the bars from sticking. You can lift the parchment paper right up and place it on a cutting board so the bars are much easier to cut.
- Want to make these even more chocolatey? Add ½ cup of mini chocolate chips to the cream cheese filling. The chocoholic in me loves these!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! To freeze them, cool them completely and then wrap them in plastic wrap. Place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. To defrost, simply place them in the refrigerator until they are thawed.
These bars will last up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, though they probably won't make it that long with how delicious they are!
Totally! Golden Oreos, hazelnut Oreos, mint Oreos, or dark chocolate Oreos would all be delicious! Even double stuffed would be great!
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Oreo Cheesecake Bars
- 8x8 inch pan
- Food Processer
For the Crust
- 20 Oreos about 2 cups
- 6 tablespoon Butter Melted
For the Cream Cheese Mixture
- 2 Packages Cream Cheese Full Fat
- 1 Egg Large
- ⅓ Cup Sugar
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla
- 8 Oreos Crushed
To Make The Crust
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Prepare a 8x8 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, add 20 Oreos. Pulse until the Oreos are pulverized and the mixture looks like sand (about 1 minute). Add the melted butter and pulse 5 more times until the mixture is completely combined.
- Add the crumbs to the prepared 8x8 inch pan. Pat the crumbs down evenly and bake the crust for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, take out the pan and allow it to cool slightly.
To Make the Cheesecake Filling
- In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. With a hand mixer, mix well until fully combined.
- Add 8 Oreos to a Ziploc bag and with a rolling pin, crush the Oreos into crumbs. Add the crumbs to the cream cheese mixture and mix to combine.
- Add the cream cheese mixture to the Oreo crust and spread it out evenly. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the bars are just slightly browned and there is no wobble left in the bars. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.
- To make the crust, you could you already crushed Oreo crumbs that are found in the grocery store. Use 2 cups.
- Wait until the bars are cooled to cut them. The cream cheese mixture needs to set before it can be cut into otherwise it will not hold it's shape.
- You could eat these bars at room temperature, but they are best chilled.