Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites

two bites of happy

We have officially signed our new lease for our brand new apartment. I am beyond thrilled. On top of everything I’ve already told you about the new place, we finally got to meet with the landlord in person and he told us that he built the building himself less than two years ago. I can’t believe we were lucky enough to find such a new place in such a great location! I knew it was new, but not that new. I can’t remember the last time I was inside of a building that was less than 15 years old. No more creaky floors that feel like a fun house mirror when you walk on them, no more leaky sinks, no more windows that don’t open all the way, and no more doors that shake in the wind. Right now, we have an entrance to the roof through one of our rooms and the door just barely stays shut – it makes the most awful noise on even just semi-windy days and nights. Our current building is going through quite a time – it’s actually in foreclosure at the moment. Our landlords keep insisting that we are to pay rent to them, while the paperwork we’ve been given by a representative tells us to pay rent to a receiver, and that receiver keeps telling us that he cannot advise us at this time and to just do nothing. I feel really uncomfortable with the situation and I am so happy that we will be out of here soon. People have even started scrawling messages on the walls and windows in the front of the building near the mailboxes. They’ve been writing notes such as “Don’t pay rent!” or “Max (the building’s owner) is a liar!” It’s unsettling, knowing that you’re living in a place that isn’t completely secure. By the way, one of those notes was painted onto the wall with cigarette ashes – how lovely! My new building, on the other hand, only has ten apartments in the entire building and is very well kept and clean. Now, all we have to do is pack.

I made these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites as a quick dessert to bring to my sister-in-law’s apartment on Christmas Day. As I explained before, she hosted a little “Festivus” celebration for us, her boyfriend, and a neighbor of theirs. I brought Split Pea Soup, but she really went all out and made a ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pasta, cinnamon rolls and an amazing apple pie with a beautiful crust. I didn’t want to come over with just soup, so I whipped these up in about 30 minutes. They’re very simple and will please just about anyone, as all they are composed of is cream cheese, peanut butter and Oreos. They are essentially a 10-year-old’s dream come true (or in my case, my 23-year-old husband’s dream come true). I used crunchy peanut butter for some extra texture (be honest, the only good peanut butter is crunchy peanut butter) and mixed that with some regular cream cheese, placed a dollop of the mixture on top of some Oreos, baked the whole thing, and ta-da! I had a little bite-sized dessert ready to go. I don’t know a single soul who can turn his or her nose up at an Oreo, especially when they’re topped with peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Your ingredients. I couldn’t help opening up the package for a treat while baking!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Line your tins with muffin cups and place an Oreo inside of each.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Add in the peanut butter, beat until combined, then add in the egg and vanilla, and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Place dollops (about 2-3 tablespoons) of the cream cheese mixture on top of each Oreo.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Crush up the 7 Oreos you had set aside.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Sprinkle the tops of the peanut butter-cream cheese mixture with the Oreo crumbs, pressing down a bit to be sure that they stick. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until just barely turning golden.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
Allow to cool before removing.

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites
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Serves: 15 bites
  • 1 package Oreos (15 for the bites, 7 for crushing over the top)
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter (I used crunchy, but creamy is fine, too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 15 muffin cups with liners and place an Oreo in the bottom of each. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy, around 3 minutes. Add in the peanut butter, and beat until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla, and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly mixed.
  2. Place a dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top of each Oreo (2-3 tablespoons each). Crush the 7 Oreos that you set aside and sprinkle them over each muffin cup, pressing down into the cream cheese mixture a bit to ensure that they stick. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are just barely turning golden. Allow to cool completely before enjoying with a tall glass of milk.


42 Responses

  1. Mom says:

    How cute! I would have never thought to put the oreo on the bottom. Everyone Loves Oreos!

  2. Darcy says:

    These little bites look devilishly good! It’s the little treats that are so easy to make that are the most dangerous…I fear my new years food cleanse will never properly take off, haaa.

  3. I think you and I are destined to be BFF!

    • Sydney says:

      @Lauren: I think so, too!

      @Michelle: That is not too much – it’s genius! I hope you make them!

      @Meredith: Thank you so much for the advice! My father-in-law is a lawyer, so he’s been really helpful in dealing with this mess! I’m just trying to lay low and see what happens for January – they still haven’t cashed our December rent check! Good luck with your situation, too!

  4. Michelle says:

    As soon as I saw them, I started thinking about the peanut butter filled oreos. Think that’d be too much? They look awesome and congrats on signing your lease. :)

  5. Meredith says:

    I’m in a sticky slumlord/tenant situation myself (in MD), so I know what you’re going through. :( It might help to get free legal counsel from a legal aide or attorney. It sounds like the old place is unlivable (and sketchy), which means you might be able to withhold rent and plead constructive eviction – that is, if they even bother to take you to court! (Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and I’m only going on MD law, haha) Good luck and keep fighting the good fight!

    Oh, and the bites look awesome!! :)

  6. Jane M says:

    WOW those cupcakes look amazing! Sounds like your living situation at the moment isn’t too keen, but in the near future will be amazing! Hope your new apt. has a lovely kitchen to cook in as well! Happy New Year!

    • Sydney says:

      @Jane M: Thank you! I’m so excited for my new kitchen!

      @Jen: I’ve never baked with Splenda before, so I have no idea what that would do – it might taste funny, but if you like it, I say go for it!

  7. Jen says:

    These look so good! I’ve been following your blog religiously for quite awhile, but I’ve only made a few things so far… Time to add another to the list! Do you think that I’ll ruin them if I use reduced fat oreos/cream cheese and splenda?

  8. Allison says:

    Yeah Oreos FTW! I just made oreo cupcakes with an oreo baked on the bottom of each cake and it was the best think i’ve made so far this year. I wish everything had an oreo on the bottom of it.

  9. Aimee says:

    I feel like a Debbie-Downer saying this, but I’m not a fan of Oreos :/. That peanut butter cheesecake mixture looks scrumptious though! I’ll have to figure out a dessert I could make with it. I totally agree with the crunchy peanut butter!

  10. Kate says:

    These look adorable!

    I always like to see the following words in your recipe titles: Oreo, peanut butter, cheesecake… and today I got to see them all in one recipe. :) Thanks!

  11. These look absolutely delectable – have other Oreo desserts but none with peanut butter – crunchy, of course. Thanks for the recipe and congrats on your new place!

  12. Alex says:

    Three of my favourite things in one recipe? Genius. I’m going to have a go at making these tomorrow – thanks for the recipe! I’ll post again to tell you how they are :)

  13. Kim says:

    what neighborhood are you moving too? we’re looking to get out of the east village and find something in Carroll Gardens but its so hard trying to find an apartment right now because no one likes to move in the cold!

    • Sydney says:

      Kim: We’re moving to East Williamsburg, and we’re in Ridgewood (Queens) right now. It’s hard to find an apartment in the winter, but the rent is cheaper, so it’s worth it! Carol Gardens is absolutely beautiful – good luck with your search!

  14. Terri says:

    Wow! These look amazing!

    Congrats on the new apartment!

  15. Miss says:

    Crunchy PB, only way to go! These look like the best dessert ever. Your new neighbors will be so happy to meet someone that cooks like you do!

  16. marie says:

    I made these last night, and they are quite tasty. I didn’t get 15 from my batch; I doubled it and ended up with 27.

  17. KarenD says:

    I made ’em this weekend.
    BF has dairy issues so I subbed in tofu creamcheese from Fairway. They didn’t really thicken up, but I will keep at it. Let me know if you have any hints. He was psyched!!!!

  18. Katie says:

    Stumbled into your site on an empty stomach… no good! These little bites look amazing – as does the rest of the food I’ve spotted so far. Bound to be a new favorite go-to for recipes!

  19. Dante says:

    My friend Rachel made these for our group of friends yesterday! They were delicious!

  20. Jessica says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and this is the first recipe I’ve actually gotten the chance to try. These turned out sooo good, thanks so much Sydney!

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  23. Christie Chacon says:

    Making these for our White Elephant Christmas Party tomorrow. YUM!

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