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Mick's Restaurants' Famous Oreo Cheesecake
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From the menu of . . . Mick's
Q: I like just about everything at Mick's, but what I really would like to make myself is the Oreo Cheesecake.
-- Leslie Blaine, Atlanta
A: We get so many requests for Mick's desserts, especially this Oreo Cheesecake, we decided to rerun this favorite.
Hands on time: 25 minutes Total time: 3 hours and 10 minutes Serves: 12
For the crust:
4 tablespoons butter (not margarine), melted
2 cups Oreo cookies, crushed fine (about 18 cookies)
For the filling:
3 pounds cream cheese
2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups Oreo cookies, in chunks (about 15 cookies)
For the garnish (optional):
12 ounces whipped cream
12 Oreo cookies
In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter and Oreo crumbs. Place in pan and press down firmly and evenly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside to cool.
To make the filling: Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until soft (6 to 8 minutes). Use a rubber spatula to scrape bowl often to ensure even distribution.
Add sugar and blend well, scraping bowl just until mixture is smooth (no lumps). Reduce mixing speed to low, then slowly add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Remove bowl from mixer. With a wooden spoon, stir Oreo chunks into batter. Pour batter into pan prepared with crumb crust; place cheesecake pan into large roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with water, leaving 1 inch of space from the top of the cheesecake pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until top of cheesecake is slightly golden. Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.
To make the garnish: If desired, top each slice of cheesecake with 1 ounce of real whipped cream and an Oreo cookie.
This recipe calls for 24 hours of refrigeration.