Happy Birthday to my sister Maggie! I made these Oreo cheesecakes for her birthday because she loves anything and everything with Oreos. (p.s. there will be a post about Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies coming soon!).
I made these cheesecakes in my favorite mini cheesecake pan. The pan has removable bottoms that make popping the completed cheesecakes out of the pan very easy. I originally found a recipe for no-bake Oreo cheesecakes, but since they would be sitting out at a party for several hours, I decided to go with a more traditional baked cheesecake recipe.
The topping was my own creation and it was fabulous! I wanted to use whipping cream, but did not want it to melt/run when sitting out for several hours. The trick was using cornstarch, instant pudding mix, and unflavored gelatin to help stabilize the whipping cream!
MINI OREO CHEESECAKES
16 ounces cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream
15.5 oz package regular size Oreo cookies (3 dozen cookies)
8 oz. package mini Oreo cookies (36 for garnish, 1 cup chopped to put in batter)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Place one full size Oreo cookie in the bottom of every mini cheesecake cup. This will serve as the "crust" of the cookie. I find that using the entire Oreo cookie (as opposed to just half) makes it easier to remove the cheesecakes from the pan after baking.
Beat the cream cheese for several minutes until it is smooth and creamy.
Add the sugar and salt. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Fold in the sour cream and chopped Oreo cookies and mix until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared cups (2/3 full) and bake for 25 minutes (the tops should spring back slightly when touched).
WHIPPING CREAM TOPPING
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
3 tsp. corn starch
3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
Combine all ingredients and beat for several minutes until the cream thickens and soft peaks form. Pipe onto tops of cheesecakes and garnish with a mini Oreo.
Yields 3 dozen mini cheesecakes.
If you do not have a mini cheesecake pan, substitute using a muffin pan or mini muffin pan. This is a picture of the mini cheesecake pan that I have. It is the Nonpro 3919 Mini Cheesecake Pan and can be purchased on Amazon for under $20 - totally worth it!