Biscoff fans, you will love this cookie butter cheesecake. There’s cookie butter in the cheesecake mix itself plus cookie butter in the chocolate ganache topping. It is decadent and delicious!
For more cheesecake resources and recipes, please check out my Cheesecake Recipes page.
Making Cheesecake for Thomas
I love cheesecake so much that I may have to start a cheesecake day on Ye Olde Blogge (and please weigh in on that if you would in the comments: yea or nay). I don’t even have to make a cheesecake for myself to be in love with it.
Neighbor Thomas (I have written about my baking adventures for Neighbor Thomas a few times) texted me a few days ago to ask if I would make a cheesecake for him to take to work for a co-worker’s birthday. I texted back with what is the accepted response: sure! What flavor?
Thomas said I was the expert and to make whatever. Just “not the regular flavors.” I wasn’t sure what that meant, but since I’m a professional, I carried on like I knew exactly what he meant.
I asked the PCO community members over on facebook what I should make, and I was met with a very, very long list of excellent ideas–everything from key lime to turtle to white chocolate raspberry. It all sounded good to me. All of it. But when I went to the store to shop for ingredients, the Biscoff caught my eye.
Does Cookie Butter Belong in Cheesecake? Um, Yeah.
am not a huge fan of cookie butter, honestly. I find it odd that cookies should be spread on crackers or bread.
I think it’s kind of stodgy and too sweet and just a little…strange.
But for some reason, it sounded like a good idea to make a Biscoff cookie butter cheesecake. And with my spreadable cookies in my cart, I thought that Oreos would make a stellar crust. Cookies in cookies.
Let me just stop right now and say that if you are not a huge fan of Biscoff spread, you might actually like it in cheesecake form. I certainly did.
And if you are a fan of Biscoff, you will be in love.
Diluting the overly sweet (to me) spread in cream cheese, adding just enough brown sugar, eggs and a touch of half and half turn the Biscoff into a completely luscious batter.
It still had plenty of distinctive cookie butter flavor and color, but in a less concentrated form. Because dilution in extra fat makes everything better.
I don’t have photos of the interior of the cake since I thought it would be rude to deliver a cake to a paying customer with a hunk cut out of it, but Thomas has promised to take photos at work, so I will update this post so you can see the insides. Until then, enjoy the Exterior Shots. And do make this cake. Just based on the batter alone, I am completely certain that this Cookie Butter Cheesecake is a winner.
For the Crust
- 20 Oreo cookies, (the regular kind)
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
For the Filling
- 3 8 oz blocks cream cheese at room temperature
- 6 oz brown sugar, (about 3/4 cup, tightly packed)
- 10 oz (1 cup) Biscoff spread (or similar)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, (this is less salt than I would normally use because the Biscoff already contains salt)
- 2 oz (1/4 cup) half and half
For the Cookie Butter Ganache
- 4 oz 60% cocoa semisweet chocolate, (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1.5 oz (about 2 Tablespoons) Biscoff spread (or similar)
- 3 oz heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
For the Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, (or to taste)
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
For the Crust
- Whiz the cookies up in your food processor until they're very fine crumbs.
- With the processor on, drizzle in the melted butter and process until the butter is evenly distributed.
- Mist the sides of a 9" spring form pan with pan spray, and then press the crumb mixture on the bottom and about 3/4" up the sides.
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, or until you can smell Oreos in your kitchen.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
For the Filling
- On low speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the sugar and the Biscoff cookie butter spread and mix until smooth. Keep your mixer on low the whole time, because unlike with butter cakes, you don't want to beat air into the batter. Scrape the bowl as necessary.
- Beat the three eggs and then drizzle them into the batter, a bit at a time, until completely incorporated. Scrape the bowl as necessary.
- Mix in the extract, salt and half and half.
- Scrape the batter into the spring form pan and smooth out the top.
- Bake at 300F for about 40-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the cake is 150F in the center. If you don't have a thermometer, the center 3-4" of the cake should still be jiggly when you shake the pan.
- Turn off the oven and open the oven door to the first setting so it's open about 6" at the top.
- Let the cake cool in the oven for twenty minutes or so and then remove to a rack to cool completely.
- Glaze with the ganache, below.
For the ganache
- Chop the chocolate in small pieces and put them in a bowl with the cookie butter and vanilla.
- Bring the cream to a boil and pour over the top of the chocolate.
- Whisk until smooth. If there is not quite enough heat in the cream to melt all the chocolate, heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds on medium power and then whisk until smooth.
- Spread the ganache evenly over the top of the cake.
- Chill in the fridge until cold and then garnish with the whipped cream, below.
For the Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until you achieve stiff peaks. You can also do this in a stand mixer if you prefer.
- Pipe decoratively (or just spread it over the ganache. Either way, it will be delicious.
- Store the cake in the refrigerator. Let slices sit at room temperature for about thirty minutes before serving.
Hey, here’s a photo of the inside of the cake. Neighbor Thomas just texted it to me a few minutes ago.
He said it was a huge hit and that now everyone wants my business card so I can make them cheesecake.
I hope you give this cake a try. It is pretty magnificent!
Thanks for spending some time with me today. Have a lovely day.