Cookie Monster Cheesecake
“C” is for cookie! Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street character by far. Maybe it’s our love for the color blue, or the addiction to chocolate chip cookies, but we were destined to be best friends. I couldn’t tell you how many Cookie Monster stuffed animals I had as a kid. To honor one of my beloved childhood friends, I am dedicating this Cookie Monster Cheesecake to him. And who wouldn’t want a cold slice of Cookie Monster Cheesecake on a hot summer day?
Like Cookie Monster, the cheesecake is blue. His (our) love for chocolate chip cookies is found at the crust. The idea spun out from a red velvet cheesecake. After making the cake, I thought, “Why does this have to be red? And why can’t I use something other than Oreos?” Boom – it hit me – color it blue and crush up Chips Ahoy cookies to use as the crust.
The end result, a delicious blue Cookie Monster Cheesecake with a chocolate chip cookie crust. The crust turned out better than I thought. Last time we made a cheesecake, we never used a water bath – never knew such a thing existed. So when you make this delectable dessert, use a water bath, it will keep the cake moist as it bakes.
- 1½ cups crushed Chips Ahoy cookies
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup whole buttermilk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1oz bottle of blue food coloring
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Open the springform pan and lay down a sheet of tin foil on the bottom of the pan so that the foil hangs out from the pan. Lock the bottom into the pan and curl the foil up towards the sides of the pan.
- Crush up your cookies and stir them with the melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of the 9-inch springform pan.
- Beat cream cheese and 1½ cups granulated sugar for about a minute in a large bowl.
- Crack open eggs into a small bowl and lightly whisk them together.
- With the eggs, add the rest of the ingredients into the large bowl and mix them together until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared crust. Fill another large dish (big enough to sit the springform pan in with about a ¼-1/2 inches of water). Set the springform pan in the dish of water and place in the oven.
- Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes then reduce heat to 300 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm.
- Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake - this is to release the cake from the edges of the pan.
- Turn the oven off, but let the cheesecake stand in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove the Cookie Monster Cheesecake from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.
- Cover and set in the fridge overnight (8-10 hrs).