Oreo Cheesecake

This cheesecake is such a show stopper! Creamy like you’ve never tasted before. Filled with Oreo cookies on an Oreo cookie base and the wonderful thing about this recipe is that it’s quite straight forward, for the crust you just crush the Oreo cookies with filling and all, add a little melted butter and done.
The filling is really simple too, so creamy and hands down my favourite cheesecake recipe. Unless you don’t want to bake in which case you’d probably be better off with something like this no-bake white chocolate cheesecake with Raspberry swirl , or if you just need a small cheesecake fix you can make these Berry Cheesecake crumble bars instead.
Either way, this cheesecake is thick, rich and dangerously decadent and a must try!

Prep time : 20 min

Baking time : 45-50 min


INGREDIENTS:

• 250 grs / 9 oz / about 22 cookies for crust
• 8 cookies for filling, quartered or roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp. melted butter
• 850 gr. / 3 ¾ cups cream cheese at room temperature
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
• 3 large eggs plus 1 yolk at room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350 F / 180 C. Place the cookies for the crust in a resealable plastic bag. Flatten bag to remove excess air, then seal bag. Finely crush cookies by rolling a rolling pin across the bag. Alternatively crush cookies in a food processor by pulsing until completely crumbled. Place in a bowl and add the melted butter, mix well. Press firmly onto bottom of 8 inch/ 20 cm. non-stick spring form pan. Place in the freezer while you make your filling.
2. Beat cream cheese, flour, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Quarter the remaining 8 cookies. Gently stir into cream cheese batter. Pour over prepared crust.
3. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake at 350 F/180 C for the first 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 320 F / 160 C. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn off the oven and open the door just a tiny bit (I put a large wooden spoon in the opening or a folded tea towel), leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. This will prevent the cheesecake from cracking*. Cool at room temperature until no longer warm to the touch. Then refrigerate for at least four hours but preferably overnight.
4. When ready to serve, decorate with whipped cream and tiny Oreo cookies if desired. I like to remove the cheesecake one hour before consuming so the cheesecake isn’t too cold.

*the trick to a perfect cheesecake is to NOT remove it from the oven straight after baking, and don’t open the oven door during baking either. This will make it crack. If that does happen any way, it’s not the end of the world, just sprinkle with crushed cookies, or decorate with fruit, Gananche or whipped cream.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Cream Cheese Cranberry Chocolate Chip stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Woo Hoo! I am so happy to share this recipe with you. I have been wanting to make these for a while but I was waiting for the perfect moment. So that was this past weekend. I had the whole recipe figured out in my head, ingredients, cooking times, the whole shebang, I just hadn’t actually made them yet because I wanted it to be closer to Christmas. And since today I was having my Christmas tree delivered  I had to stay home, and it seemed like the perfect moment had come.

Now about that christmas tree, does anyone else have their tree delivered? Because I had never heard of it. It felt very luxurious somehow. I live in an apartment and the thought of me struggling alone with a giant Christmas tree all the way from the parking lot to the building was more than I could bear so I researched and sure enough you can actually order them online and have them delivered to your living room.

No needles in my car, big hurray to that.

Anyway, I for one, am going to serve these on Christmas morning, among other things but they will have a place on the table. (…like, in front of me)

They are just so crazy delicious. Slightly crispy on the outside, and then a whole lot of oozing soft sweetened cream cheese, cranberry and chocolate chips all mingled together in perfect harmony.

I think I actually jumped a little when I tasted them, I was so excited. Normally I behave like an adult, but with all things Christmas going on I get a little excited and forget my poise.

What’s even better is that I made them with a can of croissant dough, that I had frozen in the can. Yes you can freeze a can of croissants!  I took out the  frozen can, wiggled off the wrapping  (you know, the ones you twist) and defrosted the dough in the microwave for two minute and I was ready to roll, literally.

You don’t have to have anything at room temperature either. So you can decide spur of the moment to bake them without planning.

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Serves 4

Ingredients;

1 can croissant dough

3/4 C.   Cream Cheese  mixed with 2 tablespoons of sugar of choice

1/2 C. cranberry jam / jelly / sauce or Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.

cinnamon sugar made with 1 tablespoon sugar of choice + 2 tsp. cinnamon

1 beaten egg

1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate

icing sugar for dusting

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Method;

Flour your work surface and pre heat the oven to  180° C / 350 ° F.

open the can of croissant dough and roll it out. You will have a long strip. I flattened it even more with a rolling pin so that it would seal the perforations in the dough.

Sprinkle over the entire length,  the cinnamon sugar leaving an inch from the seam free so that it will stick when closing.

With the help of a small spoon, place the cranberry  jelly on top, followed by the cream cheese.

Divide the chocolate chips over the entire length.

Brush the seam with the beaten egg. Carefully roll the strip over to close it.

Divide into four pieces with a knife, sealing the edges a little with your fingers. Carefully roll each one into a coil.

Put onto a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Brush the tops with the remaining egg.

Place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before dusting with icing sugar.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

No bake White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Swirl.

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Prep time: 20 min plus refrigeration

Makes 8 servings

I am very excited about this cheese cake, the only sugar it has is that of the 3 ounces of white chocolate. The base is healthy and the rest of the cheese cake too. But you really can’t tell, it is super smooth and silky. And no baking!

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Ingredients Crust;

  • 1 C. Oats
  • 1/3 C. nuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts with no skins
  • 10 medium medjool dates, stone removed
  • 2 tbsp. Agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1 oz. white chocolate

Ingredients Filling;

  • 7 oz. Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 C. Greek Yoghurt 2 % fat, at room temperature
  • 1/3 C. Xylitol or 2 tsp. Liquid stevia or sugar of choice
  • 4 oz. white chocolate
  • 6 Gelatine leafs (4.5″x3″) , (11.5 cm x 7.6 cm)

Ingredients Raspberry Swirl;

  • 1 C. frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp. Xylitol or 1/4 tsp. Liquid stevia or sugar of choice
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 gelatine leaf (4.5″x3″) , (11.5 cm x 7.6 cm)

Method;

Start by making the bottom. In a food processor blend together the oats, medjool dates and nuts. Add the agave syrup and coconut oil until crumbly consistency.

Line an 8″/ 20cm. spring form with baking paper. You need to line the sides of the ring too.

Cut a long strip of baking paper. Oil spray the ring of your tin so the paper will stick easier.

Place the crumbly bottom mix in the bottom of your tin. Press firmly to cover the entire bottom. Place in the freezer. Meanwhile put one ounce of white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt at 20 second intervals. White chocolate burns easily so be careful.

Remove the spring form from the freezer and spread with a thin layer of chocolate, this will act as a protection film to ensure that the crust does not get soggy. Place in the refrigerator.

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Method for raspberry swirl;

Soak one gelatin leaf in cold water for five minutes.

In a saucepan over medium heat, place the raspberries, the xylitol or sugar of choice and the tablespoon of water.

Bring to a slow simmer and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Squeeze out the gelatin and add it to the raspberries. Mix it through and let it cool slightly before pureeing it in a blender. Set aside.

Method for the Cheese cake filling;

Soak 6 leafs of gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals stirring each time.

Squeeze out the gelatine leafs and place them in a sauce pan over low heat with one or two tablespoons of water. Melt the gelatine.

In a bowl mix the cream cheese until smooth, add the yogurt a bit at a time. Mix well while adding the xylitol or sugar of choice. Add the gelatin, pouring it into the filling mix, stirring at the same time.

Mix the cheese cake filling into the melted white chocolate , one teaspoon at a time . This is a bit tricky so you have to mix fast and keep adding to form a smooth filling. Once you have about half a cup, add the rest of the cheese cake mix. Combine thoroughly.

Pour the half the cheese cake mix in the spring form on top of the crust. Pour half the raspberry sauce over the yogurt. Make swirls with a knife. Repeat with remaining filling and sauce.

Set in the refrigerator over night.

Enjoy

Myra Xo

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