Playing off the recent resurgence of red velvet comes an Oreo cookie-crusted red velvet cheesecake topped with clouds of whipped cream. The white, black, and red layers are visually striking, and the flavor mixes that familiar Oreo taste with cool, creamy chocolate. This Say It With Cake dessert speaks volumes.
Tips & Tweaks: Opening up and scraping out two packages' worth of Oreos is a hassle, but a far better bet than buying a prepackaged crust. Chilling the cookies beforehand makes it easier to twist the cookies cleanly off the cream. And once you have that much filling on hand, it's a snap to roll it into a giant ball and take bites out of it. Don't worry. We won't judge.
Reprinted with permission by Edd Kimber. Copyright © 2013. Published by Kyle Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.
- Yield:serves 8
- Active time: 40 minutes
- Total time:2 hours 40 minutes
- Cookie Crust
- 7 ounces Oreo cookies with the filling scraped off (about 2 packages)
- About 5 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Pinch of sea salt
- Chocolate cheesecake
- 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
- 1 cup full-fat cream cheese
- 5 tbsp superfine sugar
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1–2 tsp red gel food coloring
- 1 cup heavy cream
Put the cookies in a medium bowl and, using the end of a rolling pin, crush them until fine. Add the butter and sea salt and mix well. Squeeze some of the mixture in your hand; it should stick together. If not, add a little extra butter. Pour the mixture into a 9in pie dish and press firmly over the bottom and sides. Put the pie dish in the fridge until needed.
To make the cheesecake, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. In a medium bowl whisk together the cream and food coloring until the cream holds soft peaks. Pour in the melted chocolate and gently mix together. Add the cream mixture to the cream cheese mixture and fold together until evenly combined. Pour the mixture onto the prepared cookie crust and smooth out.
Chill for 2 hours or until set. Before serving, pour the heavy cream for the topping in a medium bowl and whisk until it holds soft peaks. Spread the cream over the top of the cheesecake.