Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

I’m not a huge fan of Oreos or, really, any kind of store-bought cookie. I have spoiled myself with the homemade variety. That being said, I am not the least bit hesitant to use store-bought cookies as an ingredient, like with these cheesecakes.

The crust of these little treats is actually a whole Oreo, not crumbs. Leaving the cookie intact makes for a thick crust that gets nice and soft after they’ve baked and chilled. Topping off those Oreos is one of my favorite things – cheesecake. Of course, it wouldn’t meet the legal definition of a cookies and cream cheesecake without even more Oreos mixed into the cheesecake. I especially like the addition of sour cream to the cheesecake filling. It offsets all that sweet with just a little bit of tartness.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes are sweet little desserts made with everyone's favorite - Oreos! - Bake or Break

Quinn proclaimed these as one of the best things I’ve ever made. I have to say that even not being an Oreo fan, I might have to agree with him.

These cheesecakes are great for a crowd. I like to make individual treats for larger groups because they are so much easier to transport and serve. I made them for a baby shower and can imagine they’d be great for all of your backyard gatherings this summer.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes are cool, creamy cheesecakes with an Oreo for the crust. Delicious! - Bake or Break

Recipe from the new and beautiful cookbook Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 30 cheesecakes

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes


  • 42 Oreos, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds (32 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 275°. Line standard muffin pans with liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.

Beat cream cheese at medium speed using an electric mixer. Gradually sugar, beating until combined. Beat in vanilla.

Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies.

Divide batter among pans. Bake for about 22 minutes or until filling is set.

Cool completely on wire racks. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Remove from pans just before serving.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes.

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  1. These look divine! I love the idea of using the whole cookie in the crust. But how do you get them to stick together? Do they melt during baking?

  2. I do sort of have a thing for Oreos. True, the store bought pastry is generally to be skipped, but I don’t know, Oreos do something for me. So does cheesecake. Guess that means I’ll have to make this…

  3. Tianne June 25, 2009 Reply

    I think I saw those in the Martha Cupcakes book… Is that where they’re from? They look sooo good.

  4. Tianne June 25, 2009 Reply

    oops, i just saw your recipe which answers my question.
    Another Q: WHat do you think of the book? Would you recommend Cupcakes the book? :)

  5. Amy June 25, 2009 Reply

    Wow. Yes please!

    I LOVE the idea of using the whole cookie as a crust. I’m getting all kinds of ideas that include the golden oreo cookies (I dont enjoy oreo cookies out of the bag, but the golden oreos? oh jeez. I can’t be trusted them) as a cookie crust and doing other things with the filling.


  6. Shelly June 25, 2009 Reply

    WOW! That’s a great idea for cheesecake! I have tried oreos and other cookies at the bottom of cupcakes, but that’s a great idea!!

  7. Cousin Tim June 25, 2009 Reply

    Your Aunt Fay would be so proud of you. She loved her som OREOS. Looks delish…I’ll give it a try thinking of you and her.

  8. The Duo Dishes June 25, 2009 Reply

    Well we love Oreos, so this is perfect. What a great bite!

  9. The Food Hunter June 25, 2009 Reply

    I love Oreo’s. This is awesome. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  10. Ashley June 25, 2009 Reply

    OMG that looks amazing…i’m drooling :) I am totally going to try this!!

  11. quinn June 25, 2009 Reply

    Tianne, you’re exactly right that these (incredibly awesome, cool, creamy, cookie-y, did I already say awesome?) lovely cheesecakes are from Martha’s new cookbook. I just added the link to the bottom of the post since Jennifer has her nose pressed against her paying grindstone right now.

  12. Morta Di Fame June 25, 2009 Reply

    So wrong, yet so right!

  13. Oh, my love for this one knows no bounds. Oreo Cheesecake is among the first things I remember baking myself–we have an oldish family recipe that called it a “Teenager’s Dream Cake”. It’s a classic in our family–and I love the idea of using whole Oreos for the crust! Makes it that much easier.

  14. howtoeatacupcake June 25, 2009 Reply

    I love oreos and I LOVE cheesecake.. Yummmmm 😀

  15. The Blushing Hostess June 25, 2009 Reply

    Have I told you how very glad I am you are here regularly again?

    Anyway, sure, if it keeps you baking and taking pictures, I will makes cheesecake with cookies twice tomorrow!

    Be well,
    The Hostess

  16. Monica H June 25, 2009 Reply

    Total and utter deliciousness! I may make this for my birthday cake this weekend!

  17. Baking and Mistaking June 25, 2009 Reply

    The cookie as crust thing is adorable – though one of the best things about making a cookie crust is the enjoyment of smashing them!

  18. sweetie June 26, 2009 Reply

    i bet putting these in mini muffin tins with mini oreos would be really cute.

    have you ever tried to make the homemade oreos? there are a bunch of recipes floating around and they’re pretty good. you should definitely try the oreo truffles next though (oreo/cream cheese dipped in chocolate bark)

  19. Niki June 26, 2009 Reply

    Yum!!! I LOVE Oreo cheesecake! This looks like a great way to cheat making a crust too!!! Yum!

  20. I love how you made this into minis, with one oreo as the base! I love Oreos, I love cheesecake, so this one is perfecttt for me!

  21. Brandy June 26, 2009 Reply

    My husband is already putting in a request for this one.

  22. Heidi June 27, 2009 Reply

    I have this Martha Stewart book…how come I didn’t notice this recipe?!!! This looks sooooo delicious and it looks fairly easy to make. My boys love Oreos and they love cheesecake so this recipe looks perfect. And the idea of making them into individual desserts is a wonderful idea.

    Great job with the photos too. I strive to do so well in food photography.


  23. Kim June 28, 2009 Reply

    I love the idea of using the whole cookie. Like you I am not a fan of oreos, but don’t see why I couldn’t use Hydrox cookies instead.

  24. Ashley June 28, 2009 Reply

    Ooo wow does this ever look good!

  25. Desiree@foodista June 28, 2009 Reply

    You’re absolutely right! I made these one time and it was a definite crowd pleaser. I didn’t expect them to taste so well balanced but they were. I would love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. If that’s ok with you, please add your choice of widget to this post and you’re all set!

  26. Debbie June 28, 2009 Reply

    What a cute idea for a cheesecake!

  27. Barbara June 28, 2009 Reply

    What a great idea! An inspired combination really…chocolate, creme filling and cheesecake. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Martha June 28, 2009 Reply

    What a great combination for oreo lovers and cheesecake lovers everywhere. These look absolutely luscious!

  29. Abby June 28, 2009 Reply

    If my husband wasn’t already married to me he’d totally propose if I served him this. Awesome.

  30. Jana Banana June 28, 2009 Reply

    I made these late last night and couldn’t wait to have a decent breakfast this morning before trying one. They are oh-so-yummy! This recipe’s a keeper for sure!

  31. Shauna June 29, 2009 Reply

    Oh, well, good God, I wish I’d had a bit of a “may expand love handles just by looking” warning before checking in on your blog. Great recipe and photo, too!

  32. Nan June 29, 2009 Reply

    I love an Oreo!! You know Jim may catch wind of this recipe and request it for his birthday this year. It looks great, and I know it was a hit at the shower!

  33. Jelli Bean June 29, 2009 Reply

    These look tasty! I love the time saved by not crushing the cookies. I always have such a mess on the floor no matter what means I use to crush them. I may try this recipe, but usually my individual cheesecakes wind up looking bad, as they seem to tighten and suck in the paper liners as they cool.

  34. Stacey June 29, 2009 Reply

    Holy moly… this looks so delicious! I LOVE oreos! And this looks so easy to make!

  35. jennifer June 29, 2009 Reply

    Susan, all that cream cheese filling just adheres to that Oreo and holds it all together.

    Tianne, I do like this cookbook. There are many recipes that have been tagged for future baking. This is the first thing I made from it but I’ve already made something so amazingly delicious I can hardly believe it. I hope to post it soon!

  36. Juliana June 29, 2009 Reply

    Oreo…cheesecake? Cannot go wrong! Looks delicious…yummie!

  37. ingrid June 30, 2009 Reply

    Oh, yeah, I’m printing this one out. Thanks for sharing!

    My family and I agree with you on the homemade cookies. The only reason I buy prepackaged cookies is to use them in desserts such as this one.

  38. Christy June 30, 2009 Reply

    Whoa. Oreos and cheesecake. What’s not to love?

  39. kate July 1, 2009 Reply

    INSANELY amazing! I ran home and made these on Monday night and freaked out with deliciousness :) Wonder if there’s a trick to get them NOT to sweat after being refridgerated…? I find a little moisture (browish from the cookie) on the top of a few…

  40. Eliana July 1, 2009 Reply

    This an awesome looking cheesecake. And that photo of the oreo – wonderful!

  41. Dang! That looks ridiculously delicious!

  42. CakeSpy July 2, 2009 Reply

    Holy effing delicious. I can’t believe how densely, decadently, devilishly delicious this looks!

  43. kat July 3, 2009 Reply

    The first pic made me drool all over my keyboard. Whole oreo as base! I think I will leave out the sour cream, I like them sweet =]

    Thanks for sharing!

  44. Talita July 4, 2009 Reply

    Wow! This looks delicious! I think is a good combination Oreo in a cheesecake.

  45. Sheesha July 6, 2009 Reply

    I made these for a 4th of July BBQ this weekend and they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe.

    Except I made it as a large cheesecake with all the whole Oreos along the bottom of the pan. Same effect – DELICIOUS!

  46. Mixing Bowl Mama July 6, 2009 Reply

    Oh my, this looks so good….too good actually!

  47. la petite chef July 8, 2009 Reply

    YUM! I like the sound of this!! Thanks for the recipe! Great site! :)

  48. Queenmls July 9, 2009 Reply

    Was a big hit at the neighborhood burger and brat party!!! Easy and yummy- my kind of recipe!!! Thanks for the great pictures that force me to try these great recipes!!!

  49. Caleb July 9, 2009 Reply

    I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog community was so big. I love your posts!

    I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.


  50. Maddi July 10, 2009 Reply

    I’m in the process of making these right now and the just the batter is going to KILL ME!! It is DELICIOUS!! But I have a question about baking time, I’ve been baking the first batch at 275 for about 45 mins. and I can’t get them to set has anyone else had this problem?

  51. Laura July 11, 2009 Reply

    Hey, what I would like to know is, do you have a recipe for those homemade oreo cookies of yours?

  52. jennifer July 12, 2009 Reply

    Laura, I’ve actually never attempted homemade Oreos, although Deb’s look wonderful! Check them out.

  53. jennifer July 12, 2009 Reply

    Maddi, I didn’t have a problem. Have you checked your oven temperature? I keep an oven thermometer inside my oven to keep a check on my oven’s accuracy.

  54. Lauren July 12, 2009 Reply

    I made these and they turned out AWESOME! They all were eaten the same day. Thanks so much for the recipe. I love your site, your pictures make my mouth water!

  55. Alejandra July 13, 2009 Reply

    You know, I’m also not an oreo fan, which gets weird looks from people, but i like the idea of baking with them.

  56. Jen July 15, 2009 Reply

    I made these for my family in MI and my sister made them in MA and we both loved them. So easy to whip up! I like the idea by Amy made earlier about trying the recipe with the vanilla oreos and maybe some sort of cherry or strawberry filling with the cheesecake part?

  57. Emily July 22, 2009 Reply

    Oh my goodness- we’re making a list of recipes for our vacation in a couple weeks- I think that this one has made the “for sure” list. Looks amazing.

  58. StuffCooksWant July 23, 2009 Reply

    First time here and it looks good enough to eat. Can’t wait to try that oreo cheesecake, although I think I’d better hit the gym first. Thanks for the great idea! Will be back for more.

  59. wow… I love Oreo cookies but THESE look amazing!

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  61. Bill Medifast July 28, 2009 Reply

    Delicious. I’ve always wanted to know how to make this. My kids love Oreos so this would be perfect for a tasty treat, if they are good.

  62. treehouse Chef July 29, 2009 Reply

    Wow! This looks so decadent!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  63. Christine August 3, 2009 Reply

    Oreo cookies made into a cookies and cream cheesecake, could never go wrong!

  64. Rachael West August 3, 2009 Reply

    This is quite delicious. I’ve made similar cheesecakes and it is something I’ll always love. Thanks for this recipe.

  65. Cassy August 4, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting this! I haven’t gotten Martha’s cupcake book yet (I’m still working through cookies, lol) but this was the -perfect- idea for my bf’s mom’s birthday. I made them last night and they are cooling in the fridge as I type. I really hope she loves them.

  66. Justin August 9, 2009 Reply

    Incredible! Have to try this recipe.

  67. Marc August 12, 2009 Reply

    Today is the hottest day we’ve had all year and this looks cold and amazing!

  68. Jennifer August 23, 2009 Reply

    I made these last week for the birthday of a co-worker. They were a hit! Not only did I have to give out the recipe numerous times, but the birthday girl was hoarding at least 6 of them. The batter did make more than the quantity listed, so I just added more crushed Oreos to it, and kept on bakin!

  69. Nicole September 1, 2009 Reply

    This looks great.
    I would have trouble having just one… luckily they are small!!

  70. Lianne September 15, 2009 Reply

    OMG! these looks awesome (: love how u use the whole oreo cookie as the base! YUMMOS!

  71. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 18, 2009 Reply

    OMG my mouth is watering looking at these! I like your blog, hope you will post more recipes! :)

  72. Adelina September 28, 2009 Reply

    I do admit I like Oreo cookies and the thought of using them, as whole cookies as a base for this cheesecake is very interesting, to say the least! I was scanning through the recipe’s instruction and was surprised that it didn’t ask to bake this in a water bath. Last time I baked a cheesecake without a water bath, it came out all right but I didn’t like it very much.

    Thanks for posting and for sharing!

  73. jennifer September 28, 2009 Reply

    Adelina, because these are mini-cheesecakes, a water bath really isn’t necessary. Actually, I rarely use a water bath for full-sized cheesecakes. It’s all about preference, I suppose.

  74. leni September 30, 2009 Reply

    these look amazing!

  75. gizelle marie October 7, 2009 Reply

    Wow, I definitely do have a thing for Oreos and I cannot wait to make these!

  76. Nicole November 3, 2009 Reply

    This is the most amazing site I’ve ever visited. I love it all, the introductions, the recipes, the photographs, everything! It is simply amazing, I am so greatful for finding it on the web, I asure you it will be my homepage. Baking is my passion and this is an extraordinary discovery for me. Thank you for this, and now I will shut up and appreciate it all.


  77. Debbie November 9, 2009 Reply

    These look amazing and seem to be a really easy recipe to make. I can’t wait to give them a try. I don’t think my friends would mind if I showed up with a treat like this!


  78. Frannie November 19, 2009 Reply

    I made these mini cookies & cream cheesecakes for our office’s thanksgiving potluck lunch and they received one of my co-worker’s highest accolades…”stupid good”.

  79. la petite chef December 7, 2009 Reply

    HELLO YUMM!!! Sounds sooo delicious!
    Great site and photos! wow!

  80. Bonnie Rue February 1, 2010 Reply

    I will dream about these tonight.

  81. Veronica February 19, 2010 Reply

    My mother used to make these, starting back in the 1970s … except she used vanilla wafers in the bottom of the cup, no chocolate, and topped off the cheesecake portion with a spoonful of cherry pie filling. They too, were “stupid good.” 😀

  82. Gen Mendoza February 22, 2010 Reply

    AWESOME! Easy to make. Not to sweet because of the sour cream which I like. To make it extra fatty I added a chocolate ganche over the top! LOVE IT!

  83. Demetria February 24, 2010 Reply

    This is sooo nice… I have a question though.

    Did you use standard cupcake liners in a standard size 6 cupcake pan????

  84. jennifer February 24, 2010 Reply

    Yes, I used a standard cupcake pan with liners.

  85. Dara April 21, 2010 Reply

    This looks delicious! My sister is coming home from college for the summer and I am planning on making them for her! I hope to go to culinary school next fall so need to practice my skills.

  86. Dara May 7, 2010 Reply

    I made these last night for a friends birthday. They are really easy. I actually used two kinds of Oreos-a limited edition Blizzard Oreo and original. The Blizzard Oreos have a sweeter cream which I liked more for this recipe. I also tried making mini cups. I liked the big cup version more because the oreo is whole. However I think it would be even better with mini oreos for a small cup-Bite sized!!

  87. sprinkles July 29, 2010 Reply

    I love cheesecake, these look soo good! I have included them in our summer cupcake feature! Feel free to check it out

  88. Claire August 14, 2010 Reply

    I was very disappointed with these. The pictures looked so good, and most of the comments were positive, I just wanted to say that I was not pleased. They were way too sour and not sweet enough.

  89. Sandra August 20, 2010 Reply

    Can’t tell you how many times I’ve just clicked on this picture and drooled. This is mouthwatering and I can’t wait to make it. It also generates tons of other possibilities. Thanks for the great pics and the inspiration.

  90. Bob March 9, 2011 Reply

    I made these last night and I had to get up first thing this morning and wolf down one of the cupcakes after I refrigerated them overnight. Wow it was like eating a piece of heaven. I halved the recipe because frankly, I don’t need this many cupcakes around the house. I’m hoping I can keep out of them until I meet some friends for dinner on Friday. Two whole days of staying away from these cupcakes is going to take all of my willpower. Thank you for a great recipe, which by the way, is one of the easiest I’ve made lately. :)

  91. Anna Stepanian March 28, 2011 Reply

    Hi there! Can I please have the recipe for this?

    • jennifer March 29, 2011 Reply

      Anna, the recipe link is right above the first picture. Enjoy!

  92. Reem May 18, 2011 Reply

    I’m making this tomorrow for our family gathering at grandma’s. Can’t wait! I’ve been regularly baking your hummingbird recipe for my family & colleagues, it’s a tastebuds-meet-heaven reaction all the time! Thank you

  93. Chandana July 13, 2012 Reply

    Turned out great! If I wanted to bake this as one big cheesecake, what do you suggest the temperature of baking should be and for how long?

  94. jennifer July 14, 2012 Reply

    Chandana, I’m not sure I can give you a definitive answer. I would likely try 325° for about an hour or until set.

  95. Christy October 28, 2013 Reply

    Made these yesterday for a treat during the Saints game. They were gone before halftime!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  96. Kendall Stark July 18, 2014 Reply

    Hi, Jennifer! I’ve decided to make these for my students next week, for their last day of class. I was just wondering if these could be eaten with your hands, or should I bring plates and forks? Either way, these will be the perfect treat for 95ºF weather! Thanks a million!

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      Jennifer McHenry July 19, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Kendall! I’d probably go with forks. They can be a bit messy, especially if they get warm. Enjoy!

      • Kendall Stark August 1, 2014 Reply

        Greetings! The cheesecakes were a bona fide hit! Three of my students asked for the recipe, and I gave them your blog address. Thanks for another fabulous recipe. That dulce de leche cheesecake with brownie crust is really calling to me. Oh, took your advice and brought plates and forks and it all worked out beautifully. To die for!

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