Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Oreo Crust (Basic New York Cheesecake Recipe)
The 350 Degree Oven
The 350 Degree Oven
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  • 1 1/2 c cookie/graham cracker crumbs + about 5 – 6 T melted butter + up to 1/4 c sugar if needed. (The ratio for oreo cookies is a bit different, as the oreo cookies are pulverized whole with the cream filling included – so you don’t need as much added fat to make the crumbs stick together.) You can use either vanilla extract from the bottle – or step it up a bit and use real vanilla bean pods (just split the bean in half along the length of the bean, and scrape the insides with the sharp tip of a knife to add to your batter). Vanilla bean pods can be somewhat expensive depending on where you buy them – but I have found them really cheap at Cost Plus World Market, or you can buy them in bulk online.
  • 1/4 cup of espresso or strong coffee. Add 3 T kahlua to the cheesecake batter in place of the vanilla extract.
  • 1 tsp lemon extract + the zest of two lemons in the batter in place of the vanilla extract. Garnish with whipped cream and thin sliced lemons.
  • 1 tsp vanilla + 1 c coarsely chopped candy bars (snicker’s, reese’s PB cups, etc.). Garnish with chopped candy bar bits.
  • 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs + about 1/3 c melted butter). Slightly warm 3/4 c strawberry jam and spread over the crust before filling with the cheesecake batter. Top with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream.
  • 3 T unsweetened cocoa powder to the cheesecake batter. Slightly warm 3/4 c raspberry jam and spread it over the crust before filling with the cheesecake batter. Top with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, or sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
  • 14 oreo cookies
  • 2 T canola oil or melted butter
  • 24 oz cream cheese (three 8 oz packages)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (or use 1-2 whole vanilla beans)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Sour Cream Topping
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



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