Mint Oreo Cheesecake

Over Christmas my mom gifted me with a box of mint chocolate candy canes. They’re delicious, but after one or two, I was a little bored with eating them straight up. I also had a box of mint oreo cookies in the pantry (the best kind), so I decided to combine the two in my latest baking endeavor. I loosely based my creation on a Philly oreo cheesecake recipe. Overall I think it came out really well! The top of the cheesecake cracked (a common problem), so I bedazzled it with drizzled chocolate and crushed candy cane.

Mint Oreo Cheesecake (makes about 12 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 25 mint oreo cookies (15 crushed finely, 10 crushed roughly)
  • 3 Tbs butter, melted
  • 4 8oz. packages of cream cheese (I used 2 regular, 2 fat free)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 mint candy canes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees (300 degrees if using dark, non stick pan)
  • Combine crushed oreos and melted butter and then press in the bottom of a 9″ spring form cake pan.
  • Whip cream cheese and sugar until blended together, add vanilla, and then add in eggs, one at a time
  • Fold in roughly crushed oreos and 1/2 of the crushed candy cane pieces
  • Pour cheesecake batter into the springform cake pan and bake for about 55 minutes (until top is light golden brown)
  • Run a knife along the edges of the pan and allow to cool completely
  • Microwave chocolate chips until melted (30-40 second intervals) and then drizzle chocolate on cake with a spoon. Garnish with candy cane pieces.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and then dig in!

When I wasn’t eating cheesecake this week, I was trying to do a little running. My mileage has been low lately, so my focus has been on quality vs. quantity. I ran an easy 3 miler on Monday and followed it up with some strength training (who have I become?!). Tuesday was a jam packed day and I had to squeeze in a workout during my lunch break. Back in May, I wrote a post about how I manage lunch hour workouts, but basically it comes down to me being low maintenance. I don’t  wear make-up or dry my hair and my gym is only 3 blocks away. I suppose, for me, running is more important than looking cute. heh. Plus my lunch time workouts are usually on the quicker side – you can fit in more miles if you run them faster!  

Tuesday’s Workout –

.5 mile warm-up (8:30 pace)
6 x .5 mile @ HM pace (7:00)
w/ .25 mile recovery (8:30 pace)

5 miles in 38:08 (7:37 pace)

And this morning was a brisk 6-miler with Alma and Nicole. We negative-splitted the run by a minute and finished in about 47:30. ‘Twas a beautiful day to be running in the park and I’m so glad that 1) I had company and 2) I was OUTSIDE. It really does make a difference.

What’s your focus right now for workouts – quantity? quality? Or are you still trying to recover from your New Year’s hangover? I won’t judge.

Do you like cheesecake? I know some people have an aversion to cheese-based desserts….

  • I am coming back from a nagging injury, so right now I am focusing on getting in pain-free miles at an easy pace. Hopefully in the next couple weeks I can add some speed!

    I hate cheesecake. It is one of the only dessert foods I don’t like, and I am a dessert freak. Although I did try and like the Godiva chocolate one at Cheesecake Factory, but it pretty much tasted like a hunk of fudge 🙂

  • Way to recover from a baking mini-catastrophe to make a beautiful cheesecake! Do you know how to keep the top from cracking? I’ve heard cooking in a water bath is the way to go, but water bath + springform pan sounds like trouble to me…

    I’ve been in a cold weather/pregnancy exhaustion workout funk lately, so doing ANYTHING is a victory for me!

  • Cheesecake is just OK in my book, I prefer my mother & grandmother’s version which is gelatin based and not baked… yummmm!! However that masterpiece you crafted looks mighty tasty!

    Winter running, for me, is all about quantity. I started working on rebuilding my base in December and that work will continue through Jan-Feb and into March. Lots of easy running with some hill repeats and tempo stuff scattered about.

  • My focus is quality everything 🙂 Quality of workouts, food etc. Hope it sticks!!
    Sara

  • Definitely quality right now! I’m training for a marathon and dropped from running 5 days/week to 4 so I can fit in some yoga. Well worth it!

  • An aversion to cheese-based desserts?!?! No way. I can’t imagine having an aversion to cheese-based anything, unless I were vegan or lactose intolerant.

    I love the look of this bedazzled mint oreo cheesecake. I would not turn it down.

    My focus right now is to not injure myself further — it’s taking a lot of cross training and self-control….

    Thanks for the lunch hour workout post link!

  • I’m so jealous that you can workout at lunch! Neither my work location nor my stomach would allow for that. Right now my focus is gearing up for a marathon (but first getting my tailbone to feel okay) – and balancing running with strength training and a little cross training. I always tell myself I’ll do pushups and stuff after work but it never happens…I want to work on that!
    Not a big cheesecake person but yours looks great! I’m more likely to eat cheesecake if it’s chocolaty 🙂

  • @Corey – I ALWAYS tell myself that I’ll do ab work and strength training when I get home from work, but it never happens. It seems so easy, right? Just do some crunches during TV commercials…and yet, I don’t. Le sigh.

  • i am SO trying to recover from NYE. i seriously cannot drink the way i used to. soooooooooooooooooo sad. boo.

    that said, i’m trying to get into some type of training schedule because i’m jumping into a training plan in a few weeks. eep. but right now i’m just like…let me go nice and easyyyyyyyy. the past few winters i’ve been training for a spring marathon so it’s been about both quality. although i’m not going to lie that i want my miles to get back up there after those WR recovery days…

  • Kelly

    So I have always claimed to hate cheesecake. But this Christmas some friends made mini cheesecakes with a reeses peanut butter cup in the center of each one. Sold. I loved them!

  • Zoe

    Not a cheesecake fan. If it was the only sweet thing I’d eat it, but given a choice I’d prefer ice cream and cookies…or maybe tiramisu. When on vacation I go for quantity in my work outs, but the rest of the year I go for quality. Running fast makes you feel like you’ve done a lot!

    Good job on the strength training!

  • i kind of always wished running and hotness went together. like, couldn’t our race photos be GOOD and not hideous? i think if you’re running hard enough, or in general are serious enough about running, look cute on and off the road, if coming from said run, is damn near impossible. but on a saturday night, all glammed up? us (can i include myself in this group still?) runner folk clean up nice. super nice, i’d like to believe.

  • I’m just trying to get back on track! I kept up my workouts over the holidays, but definitely took a few days of rest (which I need, I’ll grant that) but didn’t eat very well and my body is feeling it. That cheesecake looks amazing- and dangerous! 🙂

  • I’m not a big fan of cheesecake either. I love cheese and I love cake, but somehow cheesecake I just can’t get down with.

    I could probably squeeze in a quick work out at lunch – my gym is literally across the street from my office. But I’ve just gotten so in the habit of eating at my desk because everyone else does that it seems weird to actually take a lunch break! But I agree- it would be easy to get a couple sets of weights or crunches in (things are are quick but yet never get done otherwise)

  • Yes please! I’ll have a piece.

  • I love cheesecake. All kinds. And that looks bananas amazing.

    I think right now I’m focusing on both quality and quantity. Trying to get in decent speedwork each week, but slowly upping the mileage as well. let’s hope that works…

    Hooray for a great run this morning! I promise not to call you at 5:40 a.m. tomorrow 🙂

  • Wow. That looks to die for. I’d definitely have to follow up with a run after eating a slice of that cheesecake.

  • I am getting on the next bus to New York to help myself to any leftovers you might have lying around…

  • Maren

    That looks amazing! I LOVE cheesecake. It’s my favorite dessert!! It’s sooo creamy 🙂

  • Hate cheesecake!! Love (almost) all things mint though (which is gonna be the topic of a future bloggy post of mine, hehe) I don’t really spend too much time in the cookie aisle at the supermarket (too tempting!) so I totally missed that there were mint oreos! I do love Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s though 🙂

  • That looks TO DIE FOR. I LOVE me some cheesecake 😉

  • I usually need chocolate in something to consider it dessert so I don’t order (or make) cheesecake. But, I do need to know how to make it for when I am old and retire to Florida a la The Golden Girls

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    I like to think its all about the quality not the quantity when looking cute too.
    Keep the lunch-hour workout look most days, but then dress up real nice one day and WHAMO! the compliments just keep coming! Don’t be surprised if your friends and co-workers don’t recognize you 🙂

  • Hope I wasn’t pushing the pace! So glad to get my run in in the morning…see ya next time!

  • Ohh that cheesecake looks yummy…love mint choc. combo. Lately I’ve just been focusing on doing SOMETHING when it comes to working out. The colder temps make it hard to stay motivated, so as long as I get out and run a few miles and do some pushups, etc. I feel pretty good. I’ll eventually need to pick up the intensity, but I’m not doing too bad during this tough post-holidays time. AND I’m running in my FIRST EVER race tomorrow! (5 miles 🙂

  • I cut out all steady-state cardio and have been following Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough, which I absolutely love. I haven’t really lost weight yet, but I can see HUGE gains in strength, so I assume the static weight is probably due to added muscle. Overall, I’m really happy with it – but can’t wait to add some cardio back in 🙂

    And I LOVE cheesecake – my favorite is a caramel pumpkin gingersnap one that I always make for the holidays.

  • Mmmmm that cheesecake looks great!! I love cheesecake, especially one from the Cheesecake factory!! Great run!

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  • at the risk of sounding ungrateful, i just want to say i am a little upset that a slice of that wasn’t in my care package from you and sofia.

    love youuuuu 🙂