Thursday, October 21, 2010

Snickers Cheesecake (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Just by looking at the photo, you're assuming that this is a pumpkin cheesecake, aren't you. I would think the same thing because of the pumpkin color. Well here's where you're going to get a little Mags lesson in "do as I say, not as I did." You see, I wanted this white chocolate cheesecake to be orange in color (for Halloween,) but I thought I'd add in a bit of semi-sweet chocolate to get a deep, rich orange color instead of a neon orange. It took an entire tube of neon orange gel food coloring to get this cheesecake even remotely orange, so I'd suggest that if you do indeed make this rich, yet fluffy light cheesecake, you skip the food coloring all together and you'll most likely end up with a lovely light brown filling. Or use all white chocolate and it will be a dreamy cream color. In the end, the taste will remain the same and no one will have to guess if there's pumpkin in that thar cheesecake.

Snickers Cheesecake

24 whole Oreo cookies (makes about 2 cups of crumbs)
6 TBSP butter, melted
4 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
8 oz white chocolate
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
16 bite size Snickers bars (8 ounces) coarsely chopped, plus more for garnishing, if desired

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 10" springform pan with cooking spray and place it on a baking sheet.

Process the Oreos in a food processor until you have uniformly small crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the melted butter in a small bowl. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about a half inch up the sides of the prepared springform pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cool.

In double boiler, melt and stir the white and semi-sweet chocolate until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the heavy cream until combined well. Add the eggs, one at a time until each is incorporated. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and continue to mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Fold in the Snickers pieces by hand with a spatula.

Pour filling onto cooled crust (still on baking sheet.) Bake for 65-75 minutes or until filling is set. It will still be a little jiggly in the middle. Cool cheesecake on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin knife between the pan and the cheesecake. Let cheesecake cool completely then cover the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

For the ganache:

1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

In a small heavy sauce pan heat the cream to boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate pieces. Whisk until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth. Cool slightly before pouring over the top of the cheesecake. Garnish with diced Snickers, if desired. Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving so the ganache has time to set. Alternately, you could do as I did in the above photo and spoon ganache over individual slices of cheesecake and top with diced Snickers.

38 comments:

Co Irker said...

Okay.
It's official.
I love you.
And I can't wait for tomorrow.

Moogie said...

Lovely!!!! Your photo is sheer perfection.

Debbie said...

I just love candy bar cakes. It looks delicious. My husband's favorite flavor for ice cream is Snicker's Cheesecake which he gets when we visit Chincoteague Island at a little ice cream parlor!!!

Aggie said...

oh goodness...I'm going to pretend I didn't just see this at 9:30 pm. I will try not to go sneak into the halloween candy either.

Amazing!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

snickers is my favorite candy!!! drool!!!

Julie said...

Love snickers! This looks delicious! Your photos are fantastic!

Arnold said...

Wow, terrific. That photo alone deserves a prize. The recipe seems pretty straightforward and it has gone into my bookmarks. Thanks.

Mary said...

This looks dreamy and wonderfully divine. I wish I was a Co Irker ;)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

meettheswans.com said...

I like it! It looks delicious... and I'm a sucker for cheesecake!

Angie said...

If I made this I would just eat the whole thing, why did you have to go and combine my 2 fav things?

P.S. my word to verify is dirty, I think the computer programmers are pervs, LOL

Nanan said...

I LOVE IT - I think it is perfect - whatever you did!!! Much better than the normal cream color! Gorgeous and festive!!!!! It just looks rich and delicious!

stephchows said...

so why not just use pumpkin to get the orange then? :D mmmm pumpkin... although snickers are also wicked good... is it snack time yet?

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

That photo is is is DIVINE. Looks divine and I bet tastes great as well. So glad to stumble upon your blog!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I really wish you would just share the name of your employer so we could send in our job applications. You spoil your co-irkers something rotten, and I definitely want to be one. As always, a big YUM on this sensational dessert!

JehanP said...

Wow...I love snickers and cheesecake, and you combined them!! I would devour this in a second!

June said...

Wowza, that's one heck of a cheesecake. I love the stuff and would have a very difficult time sharing this! Beautiful photo Mags.

Winnie said...

OMG...saw this on foodgawker and it looks SO good. MY daughter is a huge snickers fan and would LOVE this :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

This is the perfect post for all that candy (Snickers Bars) we're going to have in the house soon - after the kids are done trick or treating!

After seeing this I may just have to give out snickers myself!

Another BEAUTY!!!

Andrew's Mom said...

This made me think of Betty White - snickers - for her commercial and cheesecake - for the Golden Girls - looks yummy.

Valerie said...

Amazing! This looks deadly delicious. :~)

Barbara said...

What a decadent delight, Mags! And you've got Oreos as a crust? Double yum.

Frankly, after all the recent experimenting with food coloring for my fortune cookies, I learned some big lessons.

Megan said...

But it's such a gorgeous, warm orange color. I can't believe it took that much food coloring. It looks beautiful!

Megan said...

That is one magnificent looking cheesecake!

Co Irker said...

It. Was. So. Worth. The. Wait.

This cheesecake may be the most decadent dessert with which you have graced us. It could easily serve 12 to 16 because a little bit goes a long way.

I can testify that it makes a perfect breakfast and I hear it makes a great afternoon snack.
Make no mistake it's a light creamy cheesecake; it just packs a powerful richness in each mind blowing bite.

Thank you so much our sweet, snazzy snickerdoodle.

TGIF

The Urban Baker said...

mags, this looks deviney-delicious! why is cheesecake so seductive? can't wait to try this!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

You are too funny adding all that orange food coloring. You are right, no coloring is needed - a light brown would work fine for me. Delish!

Cookin' Canuck said...

I think a light brown color would be beautiful for this cheesecake. You have the luckiest co-workers around!

Amanda said...

OMG what are you trying to do to me?? That's it. I'm moving in.

Amanda said...

OMG i love that the first commenter's name is Co Irker! BAHAAH! I'm jealous!

Bakeolicious said...

This cheesecake looks positively heavenly!

I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new food photo gallery showcasing beautiful baking.

Beth said...

Food coloring or not, your cheesecake sounds great!

georgina Bell said...

unfortunatly mine did not turn out anything like the picture. it was my first ever cheesecake though. did you use, or do you suggest using a water bath? thanks. cant wait to try it, its still in the fridge. :)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Georgina: Sorry that you were disappointed in how your cheesecake turned out. Were you unhappy with the color? (Remember, I used an entire tube of neon orange food coloring to get that color and regretted doing so, so I left it out of the ingredients. Did you use a 10" pan? Did yours crack? I rarely use a water bath and mine usually have some cracking on top, but that's why I almost always top them with a ganache the next day. Let me know how you think it tastes when you try it, OK?

Georgina Bell said...

it tastes amazing!
i keep picking at it :)
i think i had it on the wrong oven settings.
ill just have to keep making it, till its perfect! ahah
thanks for the recipe, Georgina

Natalie said...

this sounds so irresistible! I love snickers!

Maria said...

Oh my! What a decadent dessert!

Matt said...

I just found your site on stumbleupon and I love the recipe! I'm gonna combine it with a cheesecake recipe of my own and see how it comes out. Thanks!

matmedmera said...

Amazing cheese cake and beautiful photo!