Saturday, February 20, 2010

Recipe: Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Shots

I had a completely different dessert shot in mind for this weekend's dessert post, but alas, it's still in its test phase (read: I screwed it up) so it'll have to wait. Fortunately, my mess-up turned into something else that was just as good and far less elaborate, so it all worked out. Now, I know that the past few dessert shots I've made have been of the cheesecake variety and this one is too, so if you're not into that sort of thing, I apologize. It's just that no bake cheesecake just lends itself beautifully to the dessert shot format, so I always end up falling back on it.

This time around I turned my screw up into a delicious cheesecake variation of many folks' favorite ice cream: cookies & cream. I had some Oreos still hangin' around from the last time my mom came to visit (I never buy cookies & sweets, but she always does when she's here; takes me forever to go through them but I think it's cute) and really needed the space in my cupboard, so I figured I'd make good use of them for this dessert. Because of these legendary cookies being a main ingredient in the recipe, I made sure to cut back on the sugar (in the form of condensed milk) to balance things out a bit both flavor and healthwise. This is a very simple recipe to make and, as all of my dessert shots do, they work beautifully for either entertaining friends or just keeping something small & sweet for yourself when you're having a night in. And since they're only about $0.80, they're just that much sweeter than regular restaurant or grocery store desserts. Let's check 'em out!

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Shots (makes 6-8 shots; total cost per serving: ~$0.80)

1 package of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 c condensed milk
25 Oreo (or similar) cookies

In a blender or small food processor, pulse the Oreos until you end up with a coarse powder. Set aside about 2 T in a small bowl and save the rest for the "crust". In a larger bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until light & fluffy. Add the condensed milk and the 2 tablespoons of ground Oreos and mix until completely combined.

Assemble your shots by adding about 1 teaspoon of Oreo cookie crust to the bottom of each shot glass, followed by about 1 tablespoon of cookies & cream cheesecake. Alternate the layers until you get to the top of each shot glass and top with a few cookie crumbles. Chill for at least an hour before serving, and enjoy!


  1. Those look great! My kids will love them and it's just the right size for them :)

  2. Awesome idea! I will most definitely have to try this.

  3. This is a great semi-guilt free dessert! Love the portion control. And it is also great for a dinner party...costs much less than making a whole cake!

  4. I just discovered your site. It's wonderful!

  5. Oh wow...I may need to make these with my nephew this week!

  6. Oh yum, just add the alcohol and it would be a great adult dessert!

  7. Kimberly, I'm job searching and saw this and thought of you...not sure of your current job situation but you're certainly qualified and it's work from home!

    (or search the SF Bay Area Craigslist job section for "food media company seeks online content editor"



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