Friday, September 15, 2006

The Most Evil Cheesecake Ever

I truly love cheesecake. It's probably one of the worst things anyone could eat, but how can you say no to cream cheese? I especially love this OREO® Cheesecake. I think the macadamia nut cheesecake is probably the second evilest (is that even a word?). Anyhoo, I was tempted to buy the Oreo Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory but it was $23.95 for a 7" cake!!! So, after some calculation (and I was lazy to go buy it) I figured out that it's actually cheaper to buy the stuff and bake the darn cheesecake yourself.

INGREDIENTS (about 16 slices)

  • 1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 eggs

PREHEAT oven to 350°F if using a 9-inch silver springform pan (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick 9-inch springform pan). Finely crush 30 of the cookies. Mix crushed cookies with butter. Press firmly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of pan; set aside.

Coarsely chop remaining 15 cookies; set aside.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Gently stir in chopped cookies. Spread into prepared crust.

BAKE 55 minutes to 1 hour or until set. (If necessary to prevent top from overbrowning, tent with foil during last 15 to 20 minutes of baking time.) Cool completely on wire rack.

REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or overnight. Run knife or metal spatula around side of pan to loosen cake; remove side of pan before serving. Decorate with additional Oreo cookies or whipped cream. Incredibly yummy!

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