Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oreo Cheesecake Bars and Alayna's 11th Birthday!


This latest dessert is compliments of Alayna's birthday treat!

When I asked her how she liked them, she said
"They were great, if you like cheesecake!"
And, apparently, she doesn't.

Oh well…
guess the next time she asks for Oreo Bars,
I'll have to figure out a way to make them without cream cheese.

You all know how birthdays are…

Alayna on her 6th birthday in 2010.

You just can't help but wonder where the time has gone!

Alayna on her 11th birthday, last week.

At her soccer game yesterday,
I literally didn't recognize her on the field.

I saw this tall young lady with such long blonde hair…
I was honestly wondering where my daughter was! 

After doing a double-take,
I came to the realization that, yes,
that was my not-so-little girl.
(Warm fuzzy/heart sinking moment!)

And while she makes me so proud to be her mom day after day,
it is still so bittersweet to realize that our babies are growing up before our eyes.

Enough nostalgia,
let's get on to the goodies.


Started with about 30 Oreos in a bag,
being pulverized manually
because my mini-chopper has seen better days. 

And, it's not the end of the world to have the kids put a little elbow grease into it
from time to time.


The crumbs were topped with 1/2 stick of melted butter
and combined.


Then pressed into sprayed 10x14 baking dish.

A pastry cutter was used to press the crumbs into the pan
for a good pressing and if some chunks were broken along the way,
even better.

The crust was baked at 325 F for 10 minutes.


While the crust was baking,
3-8 oz bricks of cream cheese were blended with 1/2 cup sugar, 
1/2 cup sour cream and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.


Three eggs were added and mixed well.


Before the batter was added to the pan,
another dozen crushed oreos were mixed in.


Spread out by the birthday girl, herself.


Topped with a few more crushed oreos
and baked for another 40 minutes.


When it was done, the edges were slightly browned
 and the middle was slightly firm.

The pan was covered with foil and cooled overnight
before cutting.


RECIPE:
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24-30

Ingredients:
1 large package of Oreos - divided (especially if there is going to be any tasting going on)
1/2 stick of melted butter
3-8 oz bricks of cream cheese 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3 eggs

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325 F. 
  • Crush about 30 oreos and combined with  melted butter. 
  • Press Oreo crumbs into sprayed baking pan. 
  • Combine cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla and eggs. 
  • Mix in about a dozen crushed oreos. 
  • Pour onto crust. 
  • Top with crushed oreos, bake for 40 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool before cutting.