Cheesecake is probably my most favorite dessert to make, and of course to eat. The only “problem” with cheesecake is that it is so rich and filling, even a small slice leaves me full. The best solution? Make cheesecake bites! By cutting the cheesecake into individual portions, it allows me to sample one or two bites, and still leave room to try other desserts.
I love anything with Oreos in it, so Oreo cheesecake was a natural choice for me. If you wanted to make it more festive for Christmas, you could use the Christmas Oreos, use red and green colored chocolate to drizzle on top, or douse them with sprinkles. Just have fun with it!
Oreo Cheesecake Bites
Yields: About 36 bites
36 Oreo Cookies, divided
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
4 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil, with ends extending over sides. Finely crush 24 Oreo cookies. Melt 1/4 cup butter; mix with crumbs. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each just until blended. Chop remaining cookies. Gently stir into batter; pour over crust.
Bake the cheesecake for about 35-40 minutes or until the sides are set and the center is almost set. Cool completely on a wire rack in the pan.
When the cheesecake is completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When chilled, remove the cheesecake using the foil overhang and cut the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces. Place the cheesecake bites on a wax or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Melt the semisweet chocolate (I use the microwave on 50% power, stirring frequently). Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake bites.
Chill the bars until ready to serve. Alternately, the drizzled bites can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month. Let them defrost in the refrigerator and serve chilled.