As you read this, I will have just returned home from a quick jaunt to Santa Barbara, CA. for a blogging retreat.
And I can guarantee you, I’m sad about it.
I’ve been longing for a beach day for awhile now. The beach is one of those places that is so strange to me since it offers both great relaxation and also hefty stress. Why? Because while the sound of the waves crashing, the water ebbing and flowing, the seagulls chirping, and the wind softly blowing, there are granules of sand stuck EVERYWHERE in places that sand should never see, there’s likely a frick-ton of wind blowing debris, sand and seagull feathers into my face, and there’s the teensy fact that I’m stuck wearing a swimsuit. Those poor other beach patrons.
In January when I went to the Caribbean, I wore a dress cover-up on the beach and everyone was puzzled as to why I wasn’t in a bikini. Um, because I’m about as pale as computer paper and my body looks like a giant lumpy thumb. Okay, not really, but it isn’t any Victoria’s Secret stunt-double either.
My point is. While I’m totally relaxed at the beach most of the time, there’s still that part of me that’s like OMG SAND NOOOOO and dreading removing my cover-up and revealing my paleness to the sun.
What I’m not afraid of? Facing these Oreo Cheesecake Bars. They’re seriously the easiest, foolproof cheesecake bars and they are the best in the flavor department. Rich, creamy, chocolaty and laced with crushed Oreo cookies and cream bits. SO AMAZING.
So whether or not you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a pale thumb like myself, you’re guaranteed to love these bars!
Don’t like Oreos? Feel free to substitute Golden Oreos, Taffy Cookies, or Nutter Butters for this insanely simple recipe!
But now… get some!
Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars
- FOR CRUST:
- 24 Oreo Cookies crushed into very fine crumbs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- FOR CHEESECAKE:
- 2 (8 ounce each) pkgs cream cheese at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- About 10 Oreo Cookies coarsely chopped/crushed
- Hot Fudge Sauce for drizzling on top, optional but recommended
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the finely crushed Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until combined and moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even, single layer and bake for approx. 12 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
- While crust bakes, prepare your filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar with the paddle attachment and beat on medium for about 2 minutes or until combined and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream for about 1 minute or until the cheesecake is very light and smooth. Beat in the remaining coarsely crushed Oreo Cookies.
- Spread the mixture into the baking dish and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the edges are set, the top is very light golden brown and the center is just about set and only a little bit jiggly. Cool completely at room temperature and then once cool, refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into bars. Drizzle the room temperature hot fudge on top of the bars just before serving.
These cheesecake bars are OMG-worthy. Seriously delicious, so creamy, thick and just packed with rich chocolate and yummy cream flavor. I love the swirl of hot fudge on top, too – just drives that rich chocolate flavor home even more 🙂 You’ll LOVE these bars!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
I can’t say no to cheesecake especially in bar form. These look amazing. I hope you had a blast on your mini-vacation! I enjoy the beach, but like you, I’m pretty pale. It usually takes me a few awful sunburns before my body adjusts to the heat and sunshine.
Erin, totally agree! I’m so translucent it isn’t even funny, so I have to slather on the SPF like a mad woman or else I turn into a crustacean.
All that chocolate glaze is calling my name! I like easy and I like cheesecake! And I know what you mean, I’m not ready for pool weather!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
it looks like you had such a good time (based on my instagram stalking)!!!
and whoa! these cheesecake bars are INSANE
Thanks Kayle! I had a fabulous time AND ate way too much, ha! 🙂
Oh mylanta…is this real life? 😉
Heck yes it is, girl! Thanks SaraLily!
Annie @ Annie's Noms says
These just came up first on my Instagram and I actually nearly licked the screen. They seriously need to create technology, so that we can reach through screens because I need these cheesecake bars in my face, like now!
I couldn’t agree more, Annie! If that were the case I’d be reaching through and grabbing your latest salted caramel concoction! 😀
OMG these bars look amazing!!! I could eat a million of these beauties! 😀
Thanks so much, Holly!! xoxo!
ashley - baker by nature says
Girl! These look dangerously addicting!!! Pinned and loved.
Thanks so much, Ashley! xoxo!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
So glad someone else feels the same way about the beach as me! We should probably vaca together next time 🙂 In the meantime I’ll stuff my face in these treats because that’s totally smart and not at all counterproductive!
I love that idea, Julie!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
haha, I have the same love hate relationship with the beach! But oh my, I’m 100% in love with these cheesecake bars, plus they’re made with my hubby’s favorite cookie!
Angie – you and I should go on a beach-free date together sometime! 😉 I’ll bring the cheesecake bars!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I was seriously going to make Oreo Cheesecake Bars today. HAHA!! Love them, obvi. And I loved hanging out with YOU!
Yay! They’re so good, so I hope you do (and share!) 😉
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
Haha, my Victoria’s Secret debut will just have to wait — I need these!
Lol, you totally made me laugh Ashley!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I’d rather spend the day with these bars than at the beach any day! They look so addictive and amazing! Love the hot fudge drizzle!
Thanks Kelly! I adore that hot fudge on top; makes these so rich and just sends it over the top!
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
I saw these on instagram first and just knew I needed to come over and get the recipe! These bars need to happen in my kitchen, stat!
Thanks Jen! They’re a real winner! 🙂
Toni Miller says
First off, I’m gonna need like half a pan in my life STAT. I think these just might cure the crazy few weeks I’m having…and if not I can try the other half right?? 😉 Second…can I just say how much I am enjoying watching you “develop” as a blogger! I’ve been drooling over your blog for quiet some time and I can really see you “progressing” and transfroming it’s pretty cool! Love ya!
Awh, thanks Toni! You’re too sweet! xoxo 🙂
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
The drizzle on top of these cheesecake bars is INSANE!
Thanks Julianne! xo!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
I’m always torn between turtle cheesecake and oreo cheesecake. If all oreo cheesecakes had a hot fudge drizzle as luscious as yours do, I would never choose turtle cheesecake!
Ooh, turtle cheesecake sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks Jessica!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
Love that thick swirl of hot fudge sauce! Forget the beach, I want these cheesecake bars!
Thanks so much, Jessica! If you don’t mind, I’d love to join ya in eating these bars away from the beach!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Gawd Hayley these look amazing! Saw your retreat photos — so fun! You guys have all the fun over there on the west coast. Have a cheesecake bar for me!!!
Come to the West Coast, girlfriend! xoxo!
Seriously – why isn’t there one of these in front of me right now?? I need!
Eek, thanks Deborah! I totally wish I had some in front of me right now, too!
Renee @ Awesome on $20 says
I have a similar love/hate with the beach. I live in Honolulu, so people expect you to go to the beach every five minutes. I hate my body in a bikini, and nothing feels grosser on your face than salt water. Can we just sit up here in the shade wearing a cute dress and drink wine from a Starbucks cup?
Amen sista! And I totally want to go to Honolulu. To, ya know, look at the beach from a dock or something 🙂
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
I am totally needing some beach days right now…my legs are pale as ghosts again! I was following along on everyone’s pictures of your retreat and wishing my schedule would have let me come! Next time for sure!!!! Now why aren’t these cheesecake bars in front of me? They look so creamy and full of cookie goodness!!!
Thanks so much, J! Wish you could have been there!
These look delicious. But can you use a hand mixer when mixing?
Sue, you totally can, it’ll just take longer.
Is this the whole cookie or just the cookies without the cream middle? Just curious as many recipes only use the cookie outside. Would love to make these for a friend who is craving them. (and me) lol
Hi Curiousbaker! This recipe uses the entire cookie, filling included!
how do you make the fudge? looks like a great recipe!
Hi Ilana, I just used sundae fudge!
Ellen Manalo says
Hello! I’m a new fan from the Philippines. If I am using ready-made Oreo cookie crumbs, how many cups is 24-piece Oreo cookies? Thanks for replying…
Hi Ellen! Lucky you – I can’t find prepared Oreo crumbs here in the States! I would use about 1 & 1/2 – 2 cups. Start with 1.5 cups and increase if too little.