Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

  • Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

    Trader Joe’s is one of my happy places. Be it cheese, wine, or a bouquet of flowers, TJ’s has what I need. But more importantly, TJ’s always has Speculoos Cookie Butter in stock.

    Cookie butter should really come with a warning label because it is DANGEROUS stuff. You start off by spreading a little on your morning toast. A few days later you’re eating tablespoons out of the jar at midnight.

    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

    While shopping at TJ’s, I try really hard to bypass the freeze aisle. I get too tempted by all the desserts and quick fix frozen dinners. A few weeks ago, I HAD to stop by the freeze section to stock up on some frozen fruits for my morning green smoothies and out of the corner of my eye I spotted it. Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites.

    I may have gulped a little when I read the label. I stood there shocked for a minute in awe of this genius dessert. Sure, I could have just bought a box, but where’s the fun in that? I quickly went home and told Alex about the unicorn I saw.

    Since my pantry is well stocked with cookie butter, I set to work on replicating this cookie butter cheesecake. Even if it may seem like a hassle, I’d rather make it myself. This way, in the end, if my efforts are successful I have no problem rewarding myself with a slice or two. (Actually, it’s not a reward. It’s a RIGHT.)

    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites
    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

    During baking, the cheesecake may puff up a bit. Don’t worry. It will settle back down. Also to note after baking, the swirl top may look dry and crackled. Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, let the cheesecake rest in the fridge overnight. The following morning, it will look like the photo below. The swirl top will regain it’s moisture and be absolutely PERFECT.

    The hardest part about this cookie butter cheesecake isn’t making it. It’s not even waiting for it to cool. The most difficult part is not devouring the entire tray in one sitting. That is why you must slice it into small bite sized pieces!

    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

    Yield: 8-inch square pan

    Ingredients:

    Cookie Crust:

    • 5 oz Speculoos Cookies (16 cookies), or Biscoff cookies
    • 2.2 oz graham crackers (4 full sheets)
    • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
    • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

    Cookie Butter Cheesecake Swirl:

    • 16 oz cream cheese, softened, room temperature
    • 3 Tbsp sour cream
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
    • 1/3 cup Speculoos Cookie Butter, or Biscoff European Cookie Spread

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or foil, allowing for an overhang on all four sides. Set aside.
    2. Cookie Crust: In a food processor, pulse together Speculoos Cookies, graham crackers, and salt until mixture resembles even coarse sand. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix until combined. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan to form the crust. Set aside.
    3. Cookie Butter Cheesecake Swirl: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream and mix until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add sugar. Mix on low speed until mixture is smooth.
    4. Add eggs one a time on low speed. Add vanilla and salt. Continue to mix on low speed until mixture is smooth. Pour cheesecake batter over cookie crust. Use a mini offset spatula to level cheesecake.
    5. Place cookie butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 10-15 seconds until cookie butter is fluid. Be careful not to burn cookie butter in the microwave. Drizzle fluid cookie butter over cheesecake batter. Using a knife or a chopstick, swirl together cheesecake batter and cookie butter.
    6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the center of the cheesecake no longer jiggles and the edges of the cheesecake has slightly pulled away from the pan. Cheesecake may puff slightly in the oven, but will flatten once cooled.
    7. Let cheesecake cool to room temperature in pan. Transfer to fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour, overnight is best. Once cheesecake is chilled throughout, remove from pan by lifting the parchment overhang. Slice cheesecake into bite-sized squares.*

    *Note: To achieve clean slices, freeze cheesecake for 30 minutes. Slice with a sharp knife. Be sure to wipe knife clean after each slice

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    Lindi

    this cheesecake slice sound really nice and I thought might give it a try but you have couple of ingredients I’m not familiar with.. Graham Crackers and Biscoff European Cookie Spread… We have a couple of biscuits here that might be similar and are used crushed to make a crust for cheesecakes Nice & Arrowroot one is sweeter and one plain semi sweet…
    Thankyou

    Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)

    i love how the swirl came out! the perfect amount of swirly without being too crazy (if that makes sense). and you have no idea how close i was to buying some at tj’s- i picked up the box and looked at it for a good 30 seconds before putting it back down. sigh.

    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I am so making these cheesecake bites! We can’t get Cookie Butter here in Australia but I do have speculoos butter which I think will be perfect for these. Xx

      Maryanne Cabrera

      I think Cookie Butter and speculoos butter are the same thing. Both super delicious! :)

    Kara | Sorghum and Starch

    OMG, I love cookie butter! I just introduced my fiance and his friends to it, so now I will definitely have to make these cheesecake bites!

    Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine

    OMG I’ve had the cookie butter cheesecake bites and they were AMAZING so I can only imagine how much better these homemade ones taste…

    mary

    hi! do these have to stay refrigerated or could I make them ahead and travel with them for someone’s birthday? thanks!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Mary! I suggest keeping them refrigerated because of the dairy in the cheesecake. However, they’re perfectly fine to travel with at room temperature for a few hours.

    Sarah

    Maryanne, I recently tried your Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bars recipe. The only thing I did differently was double the recipe for a 13×9 baking dish — the more, the merrier! The bars were definitely a big hit at work, especially with my co-worker who’s a huge cheesecake fan — he said it was perfect! In general for cheesecakes, I enjoy the crust even more than the filling part, so I really liked the thickness of the crusts for these bars. The filling was rich and delicious as well, and the swirls are a nice touch. Thanks for sharing!

    Melissa

    Can you tell me about how many pieces this recipe makes?

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Recipe is for one 8-inch square pan. You can slice them into whatever sized pieces you’d like. I sliced them into 16 pieces.

    Dani

    This is amazing! After seeing this recipe, I immediately went to TJ specifically to get the cookie butter & cookies. I made the cheesecake bites yesterday and it has received rave reviews. A coworker told me it tastes like it came from a famous restaurant, my son ate two pieces (thankfully they’re small) and everyone’s asked when I’ll be making it again. Thank you for a fabulous recipe!