28 August 2012

Snickers Cheesecake

The Pirate turned 20 on Sunday. He has never been a cake lover, he's more of a pie guy so when I asked what kind of birthday "cake" he wanted "cheesecake" was a normal response. He also mentioned Pecan Pie but that's what my Mama will make him this weekend. Later that day when I was playing on researching on Pinterest I saw where I had pinned a Snickers Cheesecake. Quick phone call.."do you like Snickers" "yea" "what do you think about a Snickers Cheesecake?" "ummm, maybe" " it has an Oreo crust and I have gluten free oreos so SweetGirl would be able to eat it" " oh, sure then, that'll be good"
I have never made a real cheesecake, not that I remember, I don't remember ever using a water bath before, I used those Jello boxed cheesecake mixes.  The recipe was simple enough after I read it twice but I'm not going to share that recipe, you can click on the link for it. 

After we cut into it I decided some modifications were needed and the Pirate requested it be sweeter next time. More Snickers was also a good suggestion, the Chosen One didn't get any in his slice. Don't get me wrong, it was a winner but I'm going to tweak it. Henry approved, I think he looks like he wants a slice, that or he is concerned about the flames coming from the cheesecake! 
Henry lives with the Pirate and his roommate Pirate John not with me. Henry was bought when the Pirate bought his sofa off Craigslist, the Pirate is not a hunter.

easy to make as gluten free

* the cream cheese and eggs need to be at room temperature so keep this in mind as you prep

  • Crust:
  • 36 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos), I used gluten free
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • large eggs, at room temperature 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices.  Reserve a half bar of slices for topping
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional ( I would have never suspected in but when I looked at the store brand they had wheat, I used Planter's which are gf)
  1. 1. Make crust: 
  2.         Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
  3.         Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. 
  4.         Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
  5.         Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed or put in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin). 
  6.         Add  butter and mix thoroughly
  7.         Press into an even layer in pan. 
  8.         Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  9.         Let cool.
  10. 2. Make filling: 
  11.        Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. 
  12.        Beat cream cheese until smooth. 
  13.        Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. 
  14.        Beat in eggs. 
  15.        Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.
  16.        Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
  17. 3. Layer:
  18.        Sprinkle 5 1/2 of the Snickers bar slices over crust. 
  19.         Pour batter into pan.
  20.         Place in water bath. 
  21.         Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 50-55 minutes.
  22. 4. Remove cake from roasting pan, remove foil. 
  23.         Place cake on a rack to cool. 
  24.         Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. 
  25.         When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts and Snickers slices, if desired.
You really don't want to know the calorie count on this, if you want to spoil your enjoyment go ahead and click on the recipe link at the beginning of the post but don't say I didn't warn you!


  1. Smiling st the not sweet enough comment. My first thought was wow that's sweet. Looks fab though. Happy birthday Pirate.

  2. Looks and sounds good....and....you're right.....I don't want to hear the calorie content!!
    Hope he had a great day.

    1. I saw the calorie count (accidentally) on the original recipe and I'm sure my modifications..more sugar and more snickers, bumped it up at least another 75 @@

  3. Wow that looks delicious! Happy Birthday Pirate!

  4. mmmh Yummy! That looks so good. Happy Birthday to the Pirate!

  5. Happy Birthday to your boy! I have a non-chocolate eater in my house, too. Crazy kid. ;) He does like Snickers, though...I'm saving the recipe. Thanks for posting!!

    1. What blows my mind, Tammy is the child doesn't like caramel and I ADORE caramel!

  6. This looks so yummy! Even though I overdosed on cookies yesterday, I could probably eat a pice of this!

    1. Isn't there a rule somewhere like "A new day, a new dessert?" :)

  7. Happy Birthday to the Pirate :o)
    Even looking at your photos has made me gain a couple of pounds!

  8. hope he had a great day...looks like a great cheesecake..I would want more than one slice!!
    Alison xx

  9. It looks amazing - though no good for me, cos of my nut allergy - perhaps that's a good thing, or I might be too tempted to make it?! Birthday greetings from us to The Pirate! x

    1. Mel, It was so easy enough that I feel more cheesecake making in my future, how do you feel about key lime?

  10. :o) That's awesome, Beverly. And a very happy birthday to your pirate boy.

    When I saw the deer head I thought, "Hey...she has a hunter in the mix?!?!" I remember you mentioning The Pirate purchasing him on craigslist. Too funny. I wish Doug would sell the three that are in his office! His giant elk is staying with his brother for a while because he won't fit in our current house. I do not miss Eddie at all. ;o)

    1. A giant elk?! now the Pirate would think that was very cool! The only reason I don't get the heebie jeebies from Henry is my grandfather had one over his bed ... that he shot. He wasn't much of a hunter either.

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  12. Who care what the calorie count is - just send me a slice (with a bit of Snickers, of course!). LOL


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