Today, March 6th, is not only National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day, it’s also National Oreo Cookie Day! How fun is that! So, to celebrate, we’re bringing you a fun recipe we found from chewoutloud.com – Drumroll please… it’s SALTED CARAMEL WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BITES WITH OREO COOKIE CRUMB! I mean, can it get any more delicious than that!

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1½ cups chocolate Oreo cookie crumbs (from 22-23 whole cookies, cream removed)
  • 6 TBs salted butter, melted

FOR THE CHEESECAKE:

  • Half bag (6 oz) pure white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1½ (12oz total) blocks whole cream cheese, softened to almost melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 TBs unsalted butter, sliced into pieces, and softened
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp flaky sea salt (or coarse kosher salt)
  • chopped macadamia nuts for sprinkling, optional
Directions
  1. Make Crust: In a large bowl, mix fine cookie crumbs with butter until well incorporated. Should resemble wet sand. Scoop 1 slightly rounded tsp crumb mixture evenly into you My Baker’s Dozen Silicone Baking Cups. Press down to form bottom crusts.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F, with rack on lower middle position.
  3. Make Cheesecake Filling: In heavy saucepan, melt white chocolate chips together with half and half on low heat, stirring often. Remove from heat. In large bowl, mix together nearly melted cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and the melted white chocolate mixture.
  4. Scoop 1 rounded TB batter evenly into your My Baker’s Dozen Silicone Baking Cups. Bake 20 minutes or until tops are puffy and no longer sticky upon light touch. Let cool to room temp and then cover and chill in fridge. Cheesecakes will sink in the center, which is perfect for this recipe.
  5. Make Salted Caramel: In a heavy saucepan, place sugar in even layer. Heat sugar over medium-high, whisking frequently. Once it starts melting, whisk continuously as it cooks, until all clumps are melted down. Turn heat down to medium, insert thermometer into the melted sugar, and continue stirring until melted sugar turns red-brown. The minute your thermometer reads 350F, add all the butter (caramel may bubble up; be careful!) Whisk until completely melted. Immediately remove pan from heat, carefully pour in the cream, and whisk until a smooth sauce forms. Whisk in the flaky salt. Let sauce cool to almost room temp before drizzling over dessert. Store leftover sauce in airtight container for future use. (Keeps very well.)
  6. Keep cheesecakes covered and chilled until ready to serve.

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