Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Mini Oreo cheesecakes (aka Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes)

Let me see if I can post a recipe every single day of this week...or at least a picture post maybe??? Well this enthusiasm is nothing but some new prop stuff I picked up and I'm now figuring out ways to use it..talk about screwed up priorities huh? ..well that's me  folks:)

So I had some guests over for lunch last weekend and I spent whole of Saturday morning researching on easy-to-make, individual serving desserts. Came across a few mini cheese cake recipes and finally rounded it off to the Oreo cookie cheesecake because it meant I didn't have to crush the base with butter etc. and the mini versions meant lesser cleaning up since you could use muffin cases. 
They came out pretty well, except that the 1st batch I made on Saturday evening for the party, in between all that hungama and chaos (ya a husband who said he'd help around but just sat there strumming his guitar)  was a lil sharp with regard to taste, a lil salty too..which I think is because of the sour cream???? I actually don't know! But the 2nd batch, I made a day later (with much more calm and composure and without the annoying strumming of a Beatles song in the background) turned out great. I am posting both the versions here and personally my choice was the 1st set, but Ro preferred the second which was more like New York cheese cake on top, with and Oreo cookie crumb bottom. Take your pick. Either ways, its an excellent dessert, absolutely creamy and a great idea for fancy individual servings or even as a  bite size dessert.

Recipe 1, makes 7 muffin cups (adapted from here)
Oreo cookies for the base- 7 whole
Oreo cookies- 3, crushed or chopped into medium size pieces, both the cream and biscuit
Cream cheese- 227 gms (8 oz)
Granulated sugar- 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract- 1/4 tsp
Egg- 1 large, beaten
Sour cream- 1/4 cup
Salt- a pinch
Arrange the muffin liners in the muffin pan and place one whole cookie inside each muffin cup.
Using a hand held mixer or in a free standing mixer, using paddle attachment and on low speed beat the cream cheese till light and fluffy..about 2 minutes.
Add the sugar gradually, mix until smooth, and then the vanilla extract. All this on low speed.
Add the beaten egg, mixing well till combined.
Pour the sour cream and the salt and beat until everything becomes nice and creamy.
Using a spatula, fold in the chopped Oreos.
Spoon in the mixture into the cookie-laid muffin cups carefully. You can fill it up 3/4th or full.
Bake in an oven pre-heated at 135C for 20 minutes or till its just set.
Take it out and cool inside the muffin pan itself.
Once entirely cool, chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. I chilled it overnight.
Just before serving remove the muffin liner and then either invert it with the cookie on top, or  carefully lay it on serving plates, drizzle with some choco sauce if needed and serve with all ya love:)

Recipe 2, makes 6 muffin cups (loosely adapted from here)
(I fooled around with this one and it just sank like that)

Oreo cookies- 1/2 cup (about 6 to 7 cookies along with the cream, ground) .. I love my immersion blender for this:)
Butter- 20 gms (I used a lil less)
Cream cheese- 187 gms (approx. 6.5 oz)
Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
Egg- 1 large
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp

Pre- heat oven to 170C
Lay the muffin cases with muffin liners
Mix the ground oreo's and butter together till slightly coarse.
Divide them equally among all the muffin cases, pressing them down firmly.
Bake them for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool while you get the filling ready.
Using a hand held mixer or in a free standing mixer, using paddle attachment and on low speed beat the cream cheese till light and fluffy..about 2 minutes.
Add the sugar gradually, mix until smooth, and then the egg, mixing well till combined.
Pour in the vanilla extract and mix till well combined, it should be nice and creamy.
Pour the filling on top of the pre-baked oreo cookie base till partially full and bake for 20 minutes till just about set.
Switch off the oven and let it cool inside, and then chill in the refrigerator till you are ready to serve them.
Notes: The second method fetched me only 5 cookies and i presume it is because the cookie layer was a bit too thick. You can make it thinner and you'd end up with six I guess.
I would reduce the butter a wee bit the next time.
You can double the recipe and make as many as you require.


PS: All you Beatles fans, I don't have anything against them, but listening to the same song all day, kinda gets to you after a while, especially when you are sweating it out near the hob and the other half is relaxing with a beer. I definitely need to imbibe some Lady Gaga music into him ;)

37 comments:

Tamanna said...

okay seriously...that is one hell of a delicious looking cupcake and i want one now

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

annoying strumming of a Beatles song?? Hey hey.. What do you mean?? :-)
Anyway this looks SO good and what a great idea! I too am a firm believer of individual desserts n smaller servings and I guess this one is on my menu for the next party.
Thanks a ton for sharing!

Silence Sings said...

Sinfully delicious.....you are an awesome cook...and grt behind the lenses too....

Kairali sisters said...

I am not a big fan of oreo cookies but Nisha this sounds like an easy and simple party dessert..

sinfullyspicy said...

These look yummy...I somehow find oreo cookies overly sweet so guess will mellow down the sugar in cheese topping! wonderful job!

belesaaru said...

Looks very very yum!

Soumya said...

wow...very tempting & delicious ...

Satrupa said...

Cute lil Oreo cheese cakes ....... luv both the versions :)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

aipi said...

I know most everyone else will say this too but they are cute indeed!

US Masala

GB said...

I've made these before! maybe a couple of years back....hubby was celebrating something at work and I made these and sent them along for the party! Everyone loved them! They're great for parties and bake sales...I got my recipe off BHG.

:)

Sushma Mallya said...

It looks so divine,wish i could taste this one...very lovely cheese cakes...

Monet said...

When I saw these in my blog reader, I was so excited! This sounds like my ideal dessert...and your words and pictures lived up to my initial excitement. These look and sound so very good! Thank you for sharing. I will be making some very soon.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Nisha,

Amazing amazing...You rock gal!!

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! just craving for a bite now.

Jyothsna said...

Cheese cake is next on my list and I see your recipe! Coincidence? The oreo cookies bring nice contrasting colours.

LilaVanilla said...

I like both but love the contrast in the ones with the chips throughout the cheesecake. Nice recipe to have for Christmas party season :)

notyet100 said...

both the version look so yum...will try this after navratri,..;-)

Suja Sugathan said...

Awesome..super yum..lovely recipe sounds an easy dessert

PJ said...

wow, looks great! i have been waiting for the recipe every sicne you mentioned it on FB. personal portion sized desserts rule!

Gulmohar said...

They look cute and tempting :-)

Priya said...

Wowww cute looking cheesecakes, both versions sounds prefect for me, now i dont have any excuse to try them soon..i love oreo biscuits much..

divya said...

They look awesome. Wonderful pics.

aipi said...

Hey Nisha..thanks for pointing it out,it was an error on my part..I have corrected the post accordingly.

US Masala

Ananda Rajashekar said...

This will be a great party serve, loving the individual serve, would stick to 2nd version may be they looks sinfully cute..lovely pictures, cant wait to see more pic of you using props :)

Nitha said...

Nisha.. they looks so delicious..

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious
lovely pictures

Padhu said...

Looks creamy .It is so tempting

Sweet Artichoke said...

Both versions look very good, I like the first one, coz it looks like a "straciatella" cheese cake!!

vrinda said...

Yummy cuties...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I can almost feel the cream in my mouth !!!! Looks so delicious

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! Both the versions look heavenly..They look perfect and absolutely tempting..Yum!!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Both the recipes look delicious.

Parita said...

Looks divine!

Deeba PAB said...

Droolworthy ...love both the variants. YUM!!

Fathima said...

I think I like the first version over the second one... would be great to get a bite of the crunchy oreo in between...

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Nisha, both versions look really good to me :) ...suggestion for a third version - integrate the 2. Put in an oreo cookie as a base for the first Version... You will get a real Oreo fix!

indianspicemagic said...

Yummy...