With Christmas just a few weeks away, I am baking up a storm getting ready for the upcoming holiday. And whether I’m making cookies, candy, squares or slices, my Baker’s Secret pans are a must in my kitchen. I recently received the Baker’s Secret 5 pc. Easy Store Bakeware set, and it’s been an absolute must-have in my kitchen for holiday baking. The 9×13 cake pan is my personal favourite in the set; not only is it a great size for all kinds of squares, it’s ideal for my very favourite Cookies and Cream Cheesecake.
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
- 2 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 3 packages 250g cream cheese softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 10 chocolate sandwich cookies broken into pieces
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into 9x13 inch cake pan.
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar until fully incorporated.
Beat in eggs one at a time just until combined.
Pour half of cream cheese mixture over crumb crust. Sprinkle with broken cookies and cover with remainder of cream cheese mixture.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, until almost set. Chill at least four hours.
Melt chocolate chips and whipping cream in small saucepan, stirring until smooth.
Spread chocolate over top of cheesecake until covered. Let chocolate harden, slice and serve.
Cake may be wrapped and stored in fridge for up to one week or in freezer for up to two months.
This cheesecake is great any time of year, but because it freezes so well, it’s a holiday must-have in our house. Since it makes such a big serving, it’s perfect for a potluck. And I also like cutting it into lots of little squares and adding them to holiday baking trays. I can pull the squares out of the freezer, add them to a tray of goodies and in just a few minutes, they’ve thawed to perfection and are ready to eat.
Best of all, with the Baker’s Secret premium non-stick finish, the cheesecake lifts out of the pan like a dream. I far prefer making a rectangular cheesecake to the more traditional round one in a springform pan because the portion size is so much easier to control. But getting it out without having the crust crumble and the pieces fall apart can be a challenge. The nonstick surface of the Baker’s Secret bakeware let me lift out perfectly sized squares with ease.
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This cheesecake has everything that I look for in a Christmas recipe. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious, keeps well in the freezer and is versatile. Instead of cookies, I’ve sometimes used mini peanut butter cups! And occasionally I’ll skip the chocolate topping and top the cake with cherry pie filling instead for a black forest style cheesecake. But no matter how I might tweak the original recipe, this cheesecake is always a foolproof addition to my holiday goodies. Especially with help from Baker’s Secret pans!