No-bake Oreo cheesecake

No-bake Oreo cheesecake is all that is good in life. Who doesn’t love Oreos? I mean: cookies and cream cheesecake, enough said. Let this sweet thought sink in. Now the details. This Oreo cheesecake’s base is made with crushed Oreos and the cheesecake filling has both the lovely taste of the cookie filling, as well as some crunch. This is the perfect cheesecake to make when you have Oreo-loving guests, or just to treat yourself because why not. The perks, aside from the taste? You don’t even need an oven! This is what I love the most about no-bake cheesecakes! My Oreo cheesecake recipe is perfect for a smaller sized pan and I used a 14 cm springform pan to get it so nicely tall and chunky. 

no-bake oreo cheesecake

I first made this no-bake cheesecake when we were still living in our older apartment in the student house. I did have an oven, of course. Making a no-bake cheesecake was a choice. Still I was very limited in terms of other supplies and of course space. I am an avid Instagram follower of the tiny house movement, but the more I grow as a food blogger the more I realize I’m not a good fit. When you decide to become a food blogger you need to make a choice. Forget minimalism, at least when it comes to kitchen supplies and props. The whole thing that you only need the one mug you use to drink your coffee in the morning and no more mugs. No way. I have my very own favourite mug I use at breakfast, and then I have a whole army of mugs, bowls, glasses and whatnot that I keep for my food photo shoots.

I am of course not saying that food bloggers cannot have a minimalist lifestyle, or cannot live in a smaller space. But blogging and especially the photography part becomes a greater challenge – as if trying to cook the food, style it, shoot it, post-process it, get it on the blog and trying to get the world to notice it was not enough of a challenge. I started this blog in a very tiny apartment where the kitchen was part of the living room. I had very few props. Yet this did not discourage me. As my hobby grew I started buying more and more kitchen stuff to use in my photo shoots and filled all of my cupboards. Luckily not long afterwards we got to move out of the student house and into a larger apartment with a proper kitchen and more storage space for all my crockery.

This Oreo cheesecake recipe remained dear to my heart and I still make this cheesecake to this day. I actually still make many of the recipes I blogged about when I started. We had a low-budget student life but we ate good food. I am glad we’ve grown out of that phase, as at times we were really financially struggling. But I am proud to look back at those times. I am grateful for that time in my life when I was unemployed and clueless about the future. It pushed me to start this blog. It pushed me to do something creative every day. I eventually got a job, but I never stopped blogging. I never stopped making my recipes from the old days either.

No-bake Oreo cheesecake No-bake Oreo cheesecake

Easy and cheesy, as every no-bake cheesecake should be. This Oreo cheesecake is a mix of both cream cheese and mascarpone. Cream cheese is definitely a key ingredient to cheesecake, but here I was going for something sweeter. Mascarone is the perfect fit because it’s as creamy as cream cheese while lacking the sour hint. In fact, it tastes like whipped cream with a thicker texture. Combined with vanilla, mascarpone is perfect to recreate the flavour of the Oreo filling.

The first thing you need to do is crush the Oreo cookies to make the cheesecake base. Crush the cookies in a food processor and combine them with melted butter. Spread this mixture evenly on the bottom of a springform pan and chill it in the freezer for the time being. Then take care of the filling. Soak the gelatin in cold water for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, warm the milk. I like to use the same saucepan I had melted the butter in. You want to get the milk pretty hot, but remove it before it actually starts boiling. Squeeze the softened gelatin and add it to the hot milk. Stir well to melt the gelatin and let cool to room temperature.

Then it’s all about making the filling, so the delicious part is coming. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar at medium speed until combined, then add the vanilla extract and the mascarpone. Start the mixer again to combine, but don’t overbeat it. When the gelatin milk has cooled to room temperature, pour it into the cream cheese mixture and give one last spin with the electric mixer. Chop some cookies and fold them into the cream cheese mix. Take the cookie base out of the freezer and pour the cheesecake filling in. Lastly, roughly chop a few more biscuits and top the cheesecake with those for decoration. Refrigerate overnight or for no less than 5 hours.

Easy and delicious no-bake Oreo cheesecake recipe

 

No-bake Oreo cheesecake
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No-bake Oreo cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting time 5 hours
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 250 g Oreo cookies
  • 40 g butter
  • 2 gelatin sheets
  • 40 ml milk
  • 400 g cream cheese
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Crush 100 g Oreos in a food processor (that is about 10 cookies). Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Combine melted butter and crushed cookies. Spread mixture on the bottom of a springform pan and chill in the freezer.

  2. Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water. Warm the milk on the stove and remove just before it reaches boiling temperature. Squeeze the gelatin and add it to the hot milk. Stir to mel and let cool to room temperature.

  3. Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix at medium speed for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and mascarpone and mix to combine. Add the milk and gelatin mixture when it's at room temperature and stir to blend.

  4. Chop about 10 cookies with a knife and fold them into the cheese mixture. Take the cookie base out of the freezer and pour in the cheesecake mixture. Chop the remaining cookies into larger pieces and top the cheesecake with those cookies as decoration. Refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.

 

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17 Comments

  1. elliebleu February 14, 2017 at 21:54

    Nothing better than oreo cheesecake 🙂 Yours turned out lovely!

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    1. Eva February 16, 2017 at 23:53

      Aww thanks 🙂

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  2. dainarmb February 15, 2017 at 03:44

    this looks delicious and like a must try! I’m not the biggest fan of cheesecake, but I love everything oreos so this is definitely gonna happen soon!

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    1. Eva February 16, 2017 at 23:54

      Glad to be a source of inspiration. Oreos are amazing cookies, I agree with you!

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  3. Christina February 21, 2017 at 15:30

    I totally get your feeling about wanting hot chocolate and not being in the right mind-set for a no-bake cake! I’ve been wanting to try a no-bake cake in such a long time now but in no way was I gonna try it during winter 😀 your cake looks so so delicious so I will put it on my potential no-bake cake list 😉

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    1. Eva February 27, 2017 at 23:28

      You will not regret it, despite the freezing cold outside 😀

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  4. ayanaori February 21, 2017 at 22:39

    It looks so good! I’ll try it

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    1. Eva February 25, 2017 at 16:37

      Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  5. cakespy June 1, 2017 at 12:52

    This is such a thing of beauty. Like coca cola, the oreo cookie is not just mere sweet ingestable but cultural icon, and I love them both nostalgically and flavor-wise. This is a beautiful cheesecake! Love that it’s a no bake variety, too.

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    1. Eva June 1, 2017 at 13:25

      I agree with you, the oreo cookie is a cultural icon! Thanks for the comment, I hope this has inspired you to make yourself an oreo cheesecake soon!

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  6. Candi July 9, 2017 at 20:40

    It looks so yummy Eva! Can’t wait to try it!! 🙂 And the pictures turned out great!

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    1. Eva July 9, 2017 at 23:52

      Thank you! I’m really happy about the photos, I think that cow mug just found the perfect cake to go with!

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  7. Ivana Jelinkova July 9, 2017 at 21:56

    I just love this cheesecake, it´s perfect for summer. Oreo is wonderful with any combination, but it´s just mouthwatering with cheesecake. I guess we like same sweet stuff, Oreo and Nutella are ones of my obsessions too 😀

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    1. Eva July 9, 2017 at 23:51

      Oh yes! I’m a big Nutella person, too! 😀 Now I’m thinking Nutella cheesecake!!

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  8. Celeste January 14, 2019 at 22:54

    Anch’io a casa ho il forno ovviamente, ma le cheesecake mi piacciono senza cottura, le trovo di tutt’altro mondo. Questa agli Oreo ho provato a farla un paio di volte e DIOCOSANONÈ. Non ricordo esattamente la ricetta, ma sono sicura di non averci messo la gelatina, elemento che odio dal profondo del cuore.
    Ma sappi che mi hai fatto venire voglia di dolce in modo vergognoso, alle 11 di sera. Dopo che c’ho quasi lasciato le penne in palestra. Non si fa!!

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    1. Eva January 22, 2019 at 13:52

      Ah io la gelatina la metterei ovunque 😀 Comunque complimenti che vai in palestra! Io non ci provo nemmeno… sono vergognosa.Però almeno adesso scio! Non così spesso come potrei, ma ci provo!

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