Valentine’s Oreo Cheesecake

DSC_0114

For a very long time I kept calling Valentine’s day “S.Valentine’ s day” until one day my bf pointed out that in English there is no Saint Valentine…

well

bear with me! I come from Italy where every day is a Saint name and in Italy we actually call Valentine’s day, S. Valentine’s day.

Said that, let’s talk food.

I was looking around for some original recipes for this occasion, I was watching foodnetwork the other night and Martha Sweart was showing how to make heart-shaped pancakes, they were cute, and I fell in love with the idea, but I realized they were still pancakes, with all respect for pancakes I was looking for something a bit more original. So I stop thinking of what kind of food my bf really likes and, after chicken soup – which would not really make a Valentine’s dish – I could only think of oreos, I mean who doesn’t love oreos?, and I decided to make an oreo cheesecake!

Make this for your Valentine.

Ingredients:

for the crust

  • 2 packages of oreo (150 g/pck)
  • 1/3 cup butter

for the filling

  • 250 g cheesecake
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • chocolate syrup (to decorate)

Start from the crust

Grab 1-1/2 package of oreos

divide the cookies from the cream

throw the cream away or … eat it!

and place all the cookies in a zip lock bag, seal it well

and using a rolling pin finelly cruh them. Of course, if you have a food processor you could easily process them…

Melt 1/3 cup butter and pour it onto the cookie crumble and stir well

Heavily grease a 9 inch spring form pan

and press firmly the crushed cookies onto the bottom. Leave out about 2/3 cup of the crumbled cookies

Grab a baking paper and a heart-shaped cookie cutter

Place some crushed cookie inside the cookie cutter and using the edge of your rolling pin firmly press the crumble inside the cutter

gently remove the cookie cutter. Here you go! You’ll have a nice heart-shaped oreos. Make 3 more using the remaining crumble, we are going to decorate our cheesecake with those hearts

Put in the refrigerator crust and hearts to chill.

Meantime, make the filling.

Cream creamcheese and 2/3 cup of sugar

add 1 egg at a time and mix well inbetween additions keep beating until you get a very creamy and smooth batter

Add heavy cream and vanilla extract

Grab the remaining half package of oreos and chop them up

Gently stir in chopped oreos

Spread the batter onto prepared crust and bake at 160 for about 50 min. (If necessary to prevent top from overbrowning, tent with foil during last 15 to 20 minutes of baking time.)

When you think your cheesecake just need 10 more minutes in the oven, go grab the oreo hearts and place them on top of the cake.  Keep cooking

Refrigerate at least 4 hours then,

right before serving, decorare with some chocolate syrup drizzled on top of the hearts

Enjoy and Happy Valentine to you all!

Love

-LittleDani

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.