Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weekend Cooking..Happy 100th Birthday Oreo Cookie!

Did you know that the Oreo cookie is 100 years old this year?
"The first Oreo cookie was sold on March 6, 1912 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Now, the delectable cookie is available in more than 100 countries and is the world's top selling biscuit. In markets around the world, Oreo comes in surprising local flavors, like blueberry and green tea ice cream, and fun shapes and forms, like Oreo Minis and Triple Double Oreo. But no matter where in the world you find Oreo, one thing remains right at the heart of milk‟s favorite cookie: the iconic “twist, lick, dunk” ritual that brings people together like no other biscuit can!"
Yes, another first for my New Jersey!
Granted, yes, the actual date was in March, but I think that something this important needs a full year to celebrate. And so do the Oreo people, who set up a huge display in my supermarket recently and were giving out free sample when I was shopping last week. Chocolate filling with chocolate cookies, chocolate filling with vanilla cookies, double stuff, triple stuff, berry filling, mint filling, peanut butter, Heads and Tails...
Oh my, the variety made my brain spin!

And while these are all swell, I am a purist.
My favorite is the regular Oreo.
A lovely cookie. With a tall glass of cold milk.
Twist or don't twist, it's up to you.

But, I am not above using an Oreo or two...or make an easy, delicious and quick dessert.
Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • 26 Oreos- 16 left whole, and 10 coarsely chopped
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 275 F.
Line 12 muffin tins and 4 ramekins (or 16 muffin tins) with paper liners.
Place 1 whole Oreo in the bottom of each lined cup.
Beat the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium. Gradually beat in the sugar and then add lemon zest and vanilla. Pour in the beaten eggs, a little at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and salt.

Remove from mixer and stir in chopped cookies by hand.

Pour the batter into the prepared tins, filling each almost to the top.
Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, 22-25 minutes.
Cool in the pans for about 15 minutes, on a wire rack, then transfer to a plate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. 

I looked around the internet for a recipe for Oreo cheesecake and found many.
And every one of them is exactly the same. Except for the lemon zest which is not in most but I think is a fine little addition.
You can serve it in the cupcake liner, or remove it for a more classy look, or top it with a bit of whipped cream and a mini-Oreo for that over the top look.

This is my contribution this to this week's Weekend Cooking.
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Be sure to check out the other entries this week. As always, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. So, that's why they have Oreos with birthday cake flavored filling out. Those cupcakes look easy - I bet they'd be a big hit.

  2. Oreo cookies, one of my favourite cookies in the world :) I had no clue there were so many different varieties of it, I'm only familiar with the regular and the milk-covered one. Oreos + cupcake/muffin = to die for!

  3. Yay for New Jersey! Didn't realize Oreos were first sold there, or that there are now so many different varieties. Like you, I'm a purist and pretty much like the originals (the mini size is great for guilt-free snacking). The cupcakes look yummy. Love anything with cream cheese :)!

  4. I noticed the huge display yesterday at the grocery! I'm not a huge cookie fan, but Oreos are an exception. These cupcakes look awesome. I love that there's a cookie on the bottom.

  5. This post made me smile. Even though I have to walk away QUICKLY from the oreo section of the grocery. I love that little oreo at the bottom of the cupcake but other than in ice cream (or ice cream cake), my favorite way to eat is dunked in a little bit of milk until a tiny bit soggy. ;)

  6. I didn't know there were so many different Oreo varieties. Ah, too bad I do not live in the US just for the Oreos. Will definitely try out your recipe.

    1. They are sold in more than 100 countries remember!

  7. Would you believe we don't have these in New Zealand - just as well because I would be tempted by them.

    Have a great week.

  8. I too had no idea that they came in regional variations! Nor that they were not available in New Zealand! I learn so much from blogging! LOL

  9. Sheesh, now I'm craving oreos! I like the mint but TBG does not care for mint in any form (yeah, I know, he's weird!) so we buy the original. I had no idea NJ was such a hub for innovative products. Yesterday, the 18th, my mother would have been 102. It's funny to think that oreos were around when she was a kid. We had a beautiful black and white cat named Oreo.

  10. I'm sorry to say that I am not a big Oreo fan, although I do love looking in the grocery store to see what kind of flavors they have created.

  11. We can only get the original flavour here in Australia as far as I know! Some of those other flavours look really good though!

  12. just had some Oreo minis this past week....
    and I didn't even know they were celebrating.


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