Pumpkin-Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin.  Oreos.  Cheesecake.

The three are kinda made for each other. 
 
Don’t ya think? 
 

It rained this week, and then it snowed (SNOW! Really?)  And then it rained some more.  It was dark and gloomy and cold for three days straight.  I think I wore the same pair of sweats three days in a row.

Me, my sweat pants, and these Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake bars were best of friends.  I did share some with friends over the weekend.  By Sunday though, I polished off any remains.  They might just be my new favorite pumpkin treat of the season. I found the recipe over at Recipe Girl and seriously could not wait to try them! 

  

If you need me this morning, you can find me at the gym running my tush off, sweating beads of Oreos.  

Pumpkin-Oreo Cheesecake Bars
 
Ingredients
1 lb package Oreo cookies
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3-8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
Instructions
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Spray with cooking spray.
For the crust:
Place 28 Oreos in a food processor and process until finely ground. Pour into a large bowl, add the melted butter, and stir with a flexible spatula until all crumbs are moistened. Place the cookie-crumb mixture in the lined pan and, using your fingers, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom. 
Bake 10 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack (leave the oven on) while you make the filling. Snap the remaining Oreos in half, put them in the food processor, and turn on and off quickly a few times, just until the cookies are roughly chopped.
For the Filling:
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a flexible spatula and beat again until uniform. Beat in pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. After beating in the last egg, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat one more time, to make sure the mixture is fully combined. Stir in chopped Oreos with the same spatula.
Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked cookie crust, smooth the top with the spatula, and bake for 40 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center when you gently shake the pan. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. When cool, cover it with foil and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.
To cut, use the foil overhang to lift the cheesecake out of the pan and place on a large cutting board. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the cheesecake into bars, rinsing off the knife with hot water and wiping it dry between each cut. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
 

Comments

  1. Wonderful idea to turn them into pumpkin!!

  2. It never would have occurred to me to combine pumpkin and Oreos, but how can you go wrong with anything Oreo?!

  3. YUM! What a great combo, never would have thought of it. I’ll need to add this to my “to-do” list.

  4. Um… Hello miss Martha! Love the new blog so professional you go girl! Also… wow! I’m druling to make these Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh wow…three of my favorites as well!

  6. Wow, these sound intense! You know that I love pumpkin so it’s going on my “must try” list.

  7. These look absolutely AMAZING!! I am making these asap :)

    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

  8. Yes…pumpkin, oreos, and cheesecake were made for each other!! And these definitely look worth the extra time at the gym :)

  9. These look SO great. Pumpkin oreo shakes are my favorite, I can only imagine these are amazing.

  10. These look absolutely scrumptious! And the orange and black is just perfect for Halloween!

  11. Such a great idea! I would definitely not be allowed to be alone with a pan of these ;)

  12. Holy cow these look amazing! What a perfect combo!

    Thanks for your comment on Yummy Mummy so I could
    find your blog. Following now!

  13. These look so good! I really want to make them soon. I’ve been so hooked on pumpkin desserts but have yet to try one of the many desserts that combines pumpkin and cream cheese! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m stalking over from Foodgawker and these look amazing :)

    I want to make these tonight to take to work tomorrow so I’m not sure if you will see my question in time…do you think I could make these in mini muffin cups to make sharing easier?? It seems like it could work but I’m not too familiar with cheesecake so I thought I’d ask…

  15. @anonymous, you could absolutely do these in mini muffin tins! Great idea for easier sharing!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thanks for the quick reply! I’ll try it and let you know how they turn out…I’m sure they will be a hit :)

  17. I wonder what this would taste, I’ll be sure to try it over the weekend. Thanks.

  18. Thank you for sharing this, I bought some in the office and they all liked it.

  19. That cheesecake looks so scrumptious! I can’t wait to make this at home and have a bite! My only worry is that my brother would surely eat too much of this and he’d end up having toothaches. Good thing we have a trusted dentist in Jackson that could assist us anytime.

  20. We made these for Thanksgiving. They taste like pumpkin pie. :)

  21. What a great idea, I will try and bake these :)

  22. As I type this, I realized I forgot to add salt! The bar has been in the oven for 20 minutes already, any ideas for what I can do? Do you think it’ll be fine without it?

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