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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake

Just very slightly adapted from CopyKat Recipes

CopyCat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake ~ from Sumptuous Spoonfuls #oreo #cheesecake #recipe

I have a funny story to tell you … my friend has a lake house that she rented out last summer to a group of students from Turkey. She lovingly refers to them as “the Turks” and she just adored them. I wish my schedule had allowed me the opportunity to meet these interesting young people, but it didn’t.

In any case, after the Turks left, my friend opened the freezer and discovered a large “mystery” bag … she opened up the bag and found 25 lbs of oreo cookie crumbs. I laughed when she told me! Why would you have a 25 lb bag of Oreo cookie crumbs! Perhaps one of the Turks was working at the local Dairy Queen? I don’t know, but my friend was suddenly the “lucky” recipient of a very large quantity of cookie crumbs. She tried to hoist off some of those cookie crumbs to me last fall … but I managed to escape without taking any. I wasn’t so “lucky” at Christmas-time! She had a large bag of them all prepared and she MADE me take them along.

Honestly, I am not much of an Oreo cookie fan … I really prefer to make my own cookies, but I’m not one to let food go to waste. My son, on the other hand, really does love Oreo cookies … and he really really loves cheesecake. I’ve never been successful in the past in getting him to eat “my” cheesecakes, but I thought I’d give it another shot, since hey, I’ve got this huge bag of Oreo cookie crumbs to use up!

He liked the cheesecake! So much so that I had to ask him to save me a piece so I could photograph it. I only got to eat one tiny sliver of this baby (my “birthday” cheesecake). The rest was devoured by the teenage boy.

I did lighten the recipe up a bit … I used Neufchatel cheese instead of the full-fat version and nonfat Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. It’s still a pretty rich, decadent dessert.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 24 hours

Yield: About 16 slices

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 23 Oreo cookies finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • For the filling
  • 1 1/2 pounds light cream cheese (three 8 ounce packages)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 - 8 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt (or light sour cream, if you prefer ... my container only had 6 oz. in it so I went with that)
  • 5 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped (I used 1/2 cup of the cookie crumbs)
  • For the top: About 10 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies (or just more oreo cookie crumbs)

Instructions

  1. First get out all the ingredients and let them warm to room temp as much as possible. (Honestly I skipped this step and my cheesecake turned out fine, but that's what the recipe said to do so I thought I'd pass it on ...)
  2. Now make the crust: If you are using chocolate chips, melt the butter, then stir the chocolate chips into the hot butter right away and stir. The heat from the butter should melt the chocolate chips. Mix the oreo crumbs with the melted butter/chocolate mixture and press into the bottom of a 10-inch springform cheesecake pan.
  3. Put the cream cheese in a large bowl and beat on low speed with your mixer until it's light and fluffy. Begin adding the sugar, little by little, beating until it's all mixed in. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper as you go to make sure it is all getting mixed in well.
  4. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating each egg fully into the batter and scraping down the sides of the bowl again before adding the next egg. Add the salt, vanilla, flour and Greek yogurt and beat some more until everything is mixed in and smooth.
  5. Gently fold a few coarsely chopped oreo cookies (or 1/2 cup crumbs) into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Sprinkle the top with more Oreo cookie crumbs.
  7. Set the top and bottom racks of the oven far enough apart so that you can set a pan of water on the lower rack and the cheesecake on the top rack. Set 2 circular cake pans (or one larger cake pan) filled 2/3 of the way with water on the lower rack. (This will act as your "water bath" without having to go to all the trouble of actually putting the cheesecake in the water.) Preheat the oven to 325.
  8. Place the cheesecake on the top rack of the oven and bake for about an hour. Test it ... it should be just slightly jiggly in the middle when you shake the pan gently. If it's really jiggly, cook for another 15 minutes. When the time is up, turn the oven off, prop the door of the oven open and let it sit for an hour. Then, remove it from the oven, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. I didn't think my son would actually wait long enough to let the cheesecake "season", but he did!
  9. Now you know what to do. Slice it into pieces and enjoy. I recommend small slices because it is a rather rich cheesecake.

Notes

Make this cheesecake the day before you want to eat it to give it time to "season".

http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/copycat-cheesecake-factory-oreo-cheesecake/

CopyCat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake ~ from Sumptuous Spoonfuls #oreo #cheesecake #recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie FridayFoodie Friends FridayStrut your Stuff SaturdayScrumptious Sunday, Tuesday Talent Show, Show & Share WednesdayTasty ThursdaysFoodie Friends Friday Copycat Recipes and Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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59 Responses

  1. What a wonderful story to go along with a wonderful recipe. I am not much of an oreo fan, but this cheesecake could change that!

    Thank you for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    January 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  2. Ann

    Thank you Cynthia! I am not an oreo fan either, but this cheesecake is really luscious.

    January 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    • charlie

      I DON’T USE OREO COOKIES EITHER ESPECIALLY SINCE NABISCO IS LAYING OFF HUNGREDS OF AMERICANS SO THEY CAN BE MADE IN MEXICO,,,FOR THOSE THAT LIKE OREO COOKIES, THEIR ARE OTHER BRANDS THAT ARE REALLY GOOD OR FOR A REGUAL CHEESE CAKE I USE SUGAR COOKIE OR BAKE MY OWN,,,,,

      April 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

  3. This is such a funny story – I have to say, I am a huge fan of Oreos and would probably have eaten that entire bag. I love what you did with this recipe – chocolate and cheesecake can never go wrong!

    January 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    • Ann

      Jessica I am so glad you enjoyed it! My son is really the same way, except he wants his oreos whole. Except in cheesecake. 🙂

      January 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  4. Oh my goodness, Ann. This looks amazing!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. This post will be featured this week. The party will be live tonight. Thanks, Nichi

    January 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much! I’m honored 🙂

      January 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  5. Lauren

    The only problem I had with this was that you included vanilla and flour in your ingredients but didnt say when to put them in during the recipe, so I freaked out a bit. But I’m baking it now, hope it turns out!!

    February 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    • Ann

      Lauren thank you SO MUCH for mentioning that … I will recheck my recipe and update it accordingly!

      February 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

  6. sarah

    Hi! I’m excited to try this, but there’s no measurement for size of the pan! I was thinking of making several mini cheesecakes instead but i have no idea how much this makes! Any help?
    Thanks!

    February 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

  7. Ann

    Oh dear … I’m sorry! Use a 10-inch springform pan.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • jessie

      My 10-inch spring pan broke so i ended up using a 9-inch and it worked out wonderfully!!! LOVED HOW IT TURNED OUT!!

      March 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      • Ann

        I am so happy, Jessie! Thanks for letting me know a 9-inch works well too 🙂

        March 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  8. Ashley t

    Yeah… I wasn’t sure when to put in the flour or vanilla extract so I just threw them in after everything else was mixed. It’s in the oven now!! Smells and looks awesome!

    February 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

    • Ann

      Oh thank you so much for pointing that out, Ashley! I edited the recipe to tell you where to add them. I am so glad you figured it out!

      February 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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  10. You probably already know this, but http://www.facebook.com/pages/Incredible-Recipes/117925708371194?fref=ts

    stole your picture. I’m sorry. I posted your page on their FB page. 🙁

    Stop the stealers!

    March 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    • Ann

      Julie thank you so much … I didn’t know … and I am so glad you stood up for me and posted my post on their page. It angers me how they cropped off my name from the photo, and copied/pasted the recipe to their page. Grrrr.

      March 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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  13. Sarabelle

    I am currently baking this cheesecake for the fourth time and it is DIVINE! My husband, who is a cheesecake snob, loves it. He even likes its better than Cheesecake Factory! Thank you so much for sharing… Can’t wait to have a slice and a nice cuppa coffee for dessert tomorrow night! 🙂

    July 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    • Ann

      Sarabelle you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind comment … it really makes my day to know that my recipe brought joy to you and your hubby. (My son is a cheesecake snob too, btw, and he loves it too! Finally, I got it right 🙂

      July 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      • jessica

        when crushing the oreos, do i need to remove the creme in the middle or leave it? thanks so much!

        August 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        • Ann

          You can leave the cream in the middle, Jessica. Thanks for asking 🙂

          August 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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  15. This is MY kind of cheesecake for sure!
    I hope you don’t mind if I use it in the food fight feature tomorrow (photo and link back only!)

    August 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • Ann

      I would love it if you featured my cheesecake! Thanks for asking 🙂

      September 1, 2013 at 8:24 am

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  17. tiffany

    Hi I just made this cheesecake yesterday and I wanted to know how do you transfer it out of the springfoam pan and to a cake dish? By the way it is simply delicious. Thanks

    October 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

    • Ann

      I’m so glad you like the recipe! You should be able to remove the side of the springform pan and then it would just be sitting on the bottom round part of the pan. You can easily set it in/on any serving dish you choose then. Personally, I like to keep it in the springform pan until serving time.

      October 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  18. Briana

    I just made this for my Thanksgiving party, and it was a HUGE HIT!! It came out awesome, thank you so much for sharing!!! 🙂

    November 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    • Ann

      Oh I am so glad, Briana! Thanks for your comment … you made my day 🙂

      November 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

  19. Sadesia

    Could I make this using a pre-made crust?

    December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    • Ann

      Yes, I think you could use a pre-made chocolate graham cracker crust. I wouldn’t recommend a regular pie crust or regular graham cracker crust.

      December 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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  21. Jeanni Kistler

    I’ve become rather famous among my circle of friends for my cheesecakes. I do make an oreo cheesecake which is very much like this recipe. I use the sour cream instead of the yogurt and four eggs instead of five, four 8 oz packages of cream cheese rather than 1½, but the biggest difference with ALL of my cheesecakes is the finish. I always use a hot water bath for my cheesecakes and after baking 1 hour, I turn off the oven and don’t open the door for AT LEAST 3 hours!

    January 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks for sharing your tips, Jeanni!

      January 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

  22. Ray

    Well, I sure hope this turns out, it’s sitting in the oven right now cooling. Here’s the problem: You say to use 1 1/2 cups Oreo crumbs for the crust, or 23 cookies. So which is it, because that amount is actually around 13-14 cookies, which is what I used. Let me tell you, with that amount it was TOUGH to spread it around the entire bottom of the springform pan. And BTW, you still don’t have a place where the salt is added in the directions, so I almost forgot that.

    February 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    • Ann

      Hello Ray,
      Thanks for the comments. I have to tell you I didn’t actually crush the oreos for my recipe … they were given to me pre-crushed, but I did measure out 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. For the number of oreos that makes 1 1/2 cups, I relied on Copykat Recipes who I adapted this recipe from. I imagine the number of cups you get from your Oreos depends on how finely you crush them. I found that 1 1/2 cups of oreos worked perfectly for my 10-inch springform pan–what size was your pan? If you’re using a larger pan, yes, it might not be enough for a good crust.

      Thanks so much for letting me know about the salt! I am fixing that problem right now.

      February 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  23. Sarah

    Hi! Actually going to be making this later today! How should I go about freezing it? I need it for thanksgiving which is about 4 days away! Thanks

    November 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

    • Ann

      I haven’t tried freezing it, so I’m not sure, but I know from experience you can keep it in the fridge for 4 days and it’ll be fine. Let me know if you do freeze it how it works out!

      November 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

  24. Tiffany

    Has anyone made this by taking the creams out and just using the cookie part? I decided to leave the cream out thinking it would make the cheesecake too sweet, but then after I had already finished it and put it in the oven, I realized there’s only 2/3 cups of sugar. I’m worried it won’t come out right. Fingers crossed!

    January 26, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    • Ann

      Tiffany, I’m a little confused what you mean by leaving out the creams? You don’t mean the cream cheese, do you? No, I wouldn’t recommend that!

      January 27, 2015 at 7:47 am

  25. vicky

    I found the batter really runny. Is t supposed to be like that?

    February 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    • Ann

      No, it shouldn’t be runny. It should be more of a thick liquid.

      February 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

  26. Beth

    I followed every step. And this cheesecake taste like chocolate eggs. I can’t even eat it. I was very disappointed. It’s expensive to make cheesecake and for it to come out crappy is very disappointing .

    May 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    • Ann

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, Beth! Perhaps you measured something incorrectly or left something out? I’ve always had good results with this recipe and several others have reported good results too, so I’m pretty sure it’s right.

      May 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

  27. I love love this recipe is so gooooodd,!! The only thing Im having problems with is taking the bottom of the springform off.. Any tips.? I usually serve it with the bottom still there but I dont like it

    November 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Maria! I am sooo happy you like the recipe. I don’t usually take it off the springform to serve–I just set the springform bottom right on the serving plate. However, you could cover it with parchment paper before making the cheesecake and then you would be able to remove it.

      Take care and happy baking!

      ~ Ann

      November 25, 2015 at 6:52 am

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  31. Rachel

    This looks awesome!!! Going to try to make it for Valentine’s Day. Question though- do you know how I could modify it to fit a 6″ pan? My poor boyfriend can’t eat that much cheesecake, even with me to help him.

    February 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  32. Ann

    Hi Rachel,

    You could surely make a 6 inch cheesecake and then another smaller one and perhaps freeze it? I haven’t tried cutting down the recipe. It’s possible if you make 1/2 the recipe it would fit a 6 inch. I’m just not sure.

    Or … you could make a 10 inch and share the leftovers with friends! My friends love it when I give away my leftover treats.

    Thanks for asking,

    Ann

    February 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    • Rachel

      i ended up cutting it in half and it fit my 6″ pan perfectly! I used 3 eggs, since 5 is hard to divide evenly. “Seasoning” it right now. So now we know!!

      February 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      • Ann

        That is awesome news! Thanks for reporting back, Rachel. I’m so glad it worked for you.

        February 11, 2017 at 7:44 pm

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  34. Good evening Ann,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks amazing . I’m baking this cake for my son’s birthday now, since he enjoys oreo so much and loves cheesecake.

    I followed the whole recipe except, for the water bath. Should it bake in the oven longer then 1hr at the same temperature.

    Found this recipe on pinterest. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try this cake tomorrow

    I await ur reply, thanks!

    March 15, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Zalina,

      I highly recommend the water bath. It keeps the cheesecake moist. You don’t have to actually set the cheesecake in the water … just put it on the bottom or a separate shelf of the oven.

      I hope it turns out well for your son’s birthday!

      Thank you,

      Ann

      March 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm