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Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars

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These Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars are a delicious summer dessert perfect for BBQs or summer parties. They’re packed with fresh strawberries and have a Strawberry Shortcake Oreo crust and crumble on top.
OK, I will be the first to admit that Oreo is getting a little out of control with the amount of new flavors they’re dishing out lately. But I’ll also be the first to the admit that I’ve been buying every single one.

Because each sounds even more delicious than the last and I just cannot resist at least trying them. And when I realized Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies were a thing, I bought four packages. Yes, four. Because they’re based off those Good Humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bars, which are pretty much my favorite thing ever. And that’s coming from someone who would almost never choose ice cream with fruit over chocolate, peanut butter, etc. I’m happy to report back to my faithful readers that these Oreo Cookies taste exactly like the ice cream bars and I’m pretty sure they just made their way up to my #1 most favorite Oreo flavor ever. Cue the parades and celebration. These babies are freaking delicious. Since I had four packages of them just sitting in my cabinet, I knew I better make some sort of dessert with them and decided cheesecake bars would be just the thing.

I had to do a little testing with these bars, but landed on these delicious strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars that are packed with both strawberry and cookie flavor. I’m in love and about to start a petition urging Oreo to never discontinue this flavor. I can only stockpile so many packages in my house.

 

Ingredients

Cookie Crust
20 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Strawberry Cheesecake Filling
12 large strawberries
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
12 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies, divided

 

Instructions

Cookie Crust
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil so foil is overhanging on two sides. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
Put Oreo Cookies in a food processor and blend until they turn into crumbs. Pour in melted butter and pulse a few times until well blended.
Put cookie mixture into baking pan and press down into even layer on bottom of pan.
Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven. Keep oven heated at 325 degrees.
Strawberry Cheesecake Filling and Assembly
Place strawberries in a blender or food processor and process until strawberries are pureed. You should have about ¾ cup of strawberry puree (it’s OK if it’s a little bit less).
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed for about 1 minute, until fluffy.
Add sugar, flour, salt and vanilla and beat until mixture is smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in strawberry puree.
Pour batter over crust. Crumble about 8 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies and sprinkle them over the top of the cheesecake filling.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees, until edges are turning golden and filling is set, but still a little jiggly in the middle.
Remove pan from oven and let cool completely before placing in fridge for at least two hours.
Use foil overhang to take bars out of pan. Remove foil from bottom and set on cutting board. Crumble remaining four Oreo Cookies and top cheesecake with them before slicing into squares and serving.

Notes
Note that you will need two packages of Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies for this recipe.
If you can’t find Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies, you can use Golden Oreo Cookies and add in crushed freeze-dried strawberries for the strawberry flavor.

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