December 4, 2023

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:
(1) regular full-size package Oreo cookies, crushed into fine crumbs (36 sandwich cookies in total)
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
For the Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake Filling:
3 packages (24 ounces total) full-fat cream cheese, very soft
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs + 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
For the Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Ganache:
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Wrap the bottom and sides of a 9″ spingform pan in heavy duty aluminum foil. Lightly spray a 9″ springform pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl combine the crushed cookie crumbs and melted butter, mix well to combine.
Press the mixture into the bottom – and slightly up the sides – of the prepared pan.
Bake the crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack until needed.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees (F).
For the Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake Filling:
In the body of a high power blender, food processor, stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and sour cream until completely smooth.
Add in the sugar and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Add in the eggs and yolks and beat until smooth. Turn mixer off and fold in the espresso powder.
Finally, fold in the Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, mixing just until it’s incorporated in the batter.

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