Our Gluten-Free Oreo Cheesecake recipe is a DREAM dessert for cookies & cream lovers! It’s packed with Oreo cookie flavor in every layer!
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It’s the perfect chocolate-vanilla dessert to add to your next party, holiday, or celebration! And while cheesecake isn’t fast (you’ll need to plan ahead!), it IS remarkably simple to put together. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler…
Our Gluten-Free Oreo Cheesecake Recipe, At A Glance:
Gluten-Free Oreos. Start with gluten-free Oreo cookies for both the crust and the filling. You can choose one of these 8 brands of gluten-free Oreo-type cookies! I recommend 2 full packages so you’ll have plenty for the crust, the filling and the decoration!
Butter. A little melted butter helps the Oreo crumbs stick together to make the crust. Unsalted butter or salted butter works here!
Full-Fat Cream Cheese. Then, you’ll need 4 blocks of full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature. It’s crucial that the cream cheese is softened to room temperature, or it won’t blend properly.
Sour Cream. Full-fat sour cream is a great addition to a good cheesecake recipe. Bring this to room temperature, too!
Sugar. Some granulated sugar helps sweeten the filling without impacting the color.
A Quick Chocolate Ganache. For a show-stopping finish, I love to top this gluten-free Oreo cheesecake with a layer of chocolate ganache. You’ll just need heavy whipping cream and chocolate or chocolate chips to make it!
Whipped Cream & Oreos, For Topping. Then, for a final flourish, I pipe swirls of whipped cream around the border and garnish with more gluten-free Oreos!
Ingredient Check: Keep It Gluten-Free!
If you’re gluten-free or baking for someone with Celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, you MUST use gluten-free Oreo cookies for this cheesecake. Regular Oreos are NOT gluten-free. You can choose from Oreo’s gluten-free Oreos (white package), or check out one of these 7 other brands of gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies, which will all work for this recipe.
Tricks For The Best Oreo Cheesecake
Our gluten-free Oreo cheesecake recipe isn’t super difficult, but it does take TIME. You’ll need to plan ahead to have it ready in advance. Allow 8-10+ hours to have it fully ready, since you need the ingredients to come to room temperature + it’ll need to bake for an hour + cool in the oven for an hour + chill at least 4-6 hours before you decorate it. I recommend baking & cooling it the day BEFORE you need it so it has plenty of time to chill & you can decorate it without needing to rush.
Start With Room Temperature Ingredients For the Filling
A crucial step to making cheesecake is using room temperature ingredients for the filling! This helps everything blend smoothly and helps prevent over-mixing, which leads to air bubbles and cracks! So, for best results, make sure to set those ingredients out in advance!
Do NOT microwave cream cheese or sour cream to help it get to room temperature. It will ruin the structure of your cheesecake! Instead, if you want to warm things up faster, fill a bowl with warm (not hot!) water and place eggs, closed container of sour cream and sealed packages of cream cheese in the bowl. Or, you can cut the cream cheese into cubes to help it soften faster on a plate!
Use Stabilized Whipped Cream
To help the whipped cream swirls hold their shape, we’re using stabilized whipped cream. Stabilized whipped cream simply has something added to it that helps prevent melting, weeping, or warping. It’s more resilient and holds its shape better. In this case, we’re using a little bit of powdered sugar. Works like a charm! If you’re in a pinch, you can use store-bought whipped cream like Cool Whip, but homemade whipped cream like ours sure tastes amazing!
Do I Need A Water Bath?
For most cheesecake recipes, a hot water bath is used to help prevent cracks and browning. Technically speaking, it’s not strictly essential for this Oreo cheesecake, since you’ll top it with ganache and whipped cream. The toppings can easily cover up any cracks!
That said, I do recommend a hot water bath for Oreo cheesecake if you can. It’ll give you a really tender cheesecake texture, help you avoid browning on the top, and provide a smooth surface for the toppings.
You can use either a traditional hot water bath OR a modified hot water bath. I’ve got instructions for both in the recipe card!
For Traditional Water Bath:
Bring a small pot of water to a boil while you make your cheesecake.
Wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan with foil.
To fully waterproof the pan (*highly recommended*), place the springform pan into a slow cooker liner bag or an oven bag. Pull the bag up the sides of the springform pan, then gather the excess to one side and knot tightly to keep the bag secure to the sides.
Carefully pour 3/4 to 1-inch of boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Carefully lower the prepared & wrapped springform pan into the water so the water comes about 1-inch up the sides of the springform pan & bake as directed.
For Modified Hot Water Bath:
Bring a small pot of water to a boil while you make your cheesecake.
If you don’t have a pan large enough to fit a 9-inch springform pan, you can place a 9×13 pan on a rack below the center rack in the oven.
Fill 9×13 pan with boiling water before placing the springform pan on a sheet pan on the center rack in the oven above the 9×13. The steam coming from below will help you prevent cracks and help control browning. You can see a visual of this method in my Pumpkin Cheesecake post!
Can I Use Another Size Pan? Maybe? You won’t be able to use a smaller pan without it overflowing. If you have a 10-inch pan, you can try using it, though you’ll need to play with the bake time, as a thinner cheesecake will cook faster. I love this post for tips on converting pan sizes.
How Many Packages of Oreos Will I Need For Oreo Cheesecake? I recommend buying two full packages of gluten-free Oreos so you have plenty for the Oreo cookie crust, Oreo cheesecake filling, and all the decorations at the end. There are about 30 cookies in a package, so keep that in mind if you use another brand of gluten-free Oreo cookies.
Do You Need To Remove The Oreo Filling For Oreo Cheesecake Crust? No! I leave the filling in the Oreos. It’ll blend right in and help the crust stick together.
How Long Does Oreo Cheesecake Last? It’ll be at its best in the first 2-3 days, but will last 3-5 days.
Can I Freeze This Cheesecake? Yes! Oreo Cheesecake freezes best BEFORE you add the toppings (especially the whipped cream). Bake and cool the cheesecake as directed (including 4-6 hour chill time!). Then, freeze the whole cheesecake on a baking sheet until no longer sticky. Wrap securely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then tuck into a large freezer bag and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator & decorate before serving. Or, freeze individual slices (without the whipped cream!).
15 Gluten-Free Oreo Cookies, cut into quarters (ONLY add larger Oreo pieces to cheesecake. Save any fine crumbs to decorate with at the end.)
6 oz. chopped dark Chocolate or 1 cup semisweet or dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
6–8 Gluten-Free Oreos, chopped
12–15 Gluten-Free Oreo cookies (whole cookies!)
For The Gluten-Free Oreo Cheesecake Crust:
Preheat & Prep. Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. (I love to use pre-cut parchment rounds)
Crush Oreos. Add gluten-free Oreo cookies to a food processor. Pulse until you’ve crushed the cookies to fine crumbs with no big lumps. (Don’t have a food processor? You can do this in a large zip-loc bag with a rolling pin.)
Add Butter. Next, add melted butter to cookie crumbs and pulse or stir to combine, until all crumbs are coated with butter.
Pat Out Crust. Pour the crust mixture out into your prepared springform pan and use your fingers or the back of a measuring cup or drinking glass to pat the crumbs out into an even layer along the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Note: the crust will not go all the way up the sides of the pan. Just about 1 inch up the sides!
Bake & Cool. Place the crust in the preheated oven and bake 10-12 minutes or until fragrant. Set the crust to the side to cool while you make the filling.
Prep Pan For A Hot Water Bath. If Using A Hot Water Bath (Recommended), wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan with foil. To fully waterproof the pan (*highly recommended*), place the springform pan into a slow cooker liner bag or an oven bag/turkey bag. Pull the bag up the sides of the springform pan, then gather the excess to one side and knot tightly to keep the bag secure to the sides.
For The Oreo Cheesecake Filling:
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: Make sure the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs are all brought to room temperature or the filling will not mix correctly. Do not skip this step!
Maintain Oven Temperature of 325 degrees F. Make sure you have a rack arranged in the center of the oven.
Prepare For Water Bath. Start bringing a small pot of water to a boil while you make the cheesecake. Set out a large roasting pan for a traditional water bath or a 9×13 pan for a modified hot water bath (SEE NOTES)
Combine Cream Cheese & Sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl with a handheld electric mixer. Beat the softened cream cheese and sugar together on medium-low speed 2-3 minutes, or until smooth and well blended.
Add Sour Cream, Cornstarch & Vanilla to the cream cheese mixture and mix on LOW speed until just barely combined. (Keep in mind that you don’t want to add any extra air to the cheesecake, so mixing by hand or on low speed at this point is very helpful!)
Add Eggs One At A Time on LOW Speed, until just barely mixed.
Add 15 Chopped Oreos, adding JUST the larger pieces and saving any fine crumbs to decorate with at the end. Adding fine crumbs here will make your cheesecake look muddy. Gently stir to distribute the cookies evenly throughout the cheesecake batter. Gently tap the bowl against the counter to help remove any air bubbles.
Pour Filling Over The Crust and smooth the surface with a spatula.
Create Hot Water Bath. Carefully pour 3/4 to 1-inch of boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Carefully lower the prepared & wrapped springform pan into the water so the water comes about 1-inch up the sides of the springform pan. (See notes for modified hot water bath instructions)
Bake. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake cheesecake 60-70 minutes or until the edges are just set and the center gently wobbles (like Jell-o or gelatin). If the center still seems sloshy and liquid, add 3-5 minutes to the bake time and check again. (Err on the side of under-baking rather than over-baking)
Cool 1-Hour In The Oven. When the cheesecake is finished baking, turn OFF the oven heat and crack the oven door open 2-3 inches. Let the cheesecake cool IN the oven for 1 full hour. (To help prevent cracks, you can run a thin knife around the edges of the springform pan before letting it cool.) Remove the springform pan from the hot water bath and the slow cooker liner/oven bag.
Chill Cheesecake Uncovered in The Fridge AT LEAST 4-6 Hours (up to overnight) before decorating.
To Decorate Oreo Cheesecake:
Prepare Ganache. Add chocolate/chocolate chips to a heat-proof bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan or in a microwave-safe bowl until steaming and almost simmering. Pour hot cream over the chocolate and use a spatula to tuck the chocolate under the hot cream. Let the mixture sit for 4-5 minutes, then whisk until the chocolate is fully melted. You can add corn syrup to the ganache to make it extra glossy and to make it softer (which helps when cutting into the cheesecake).
Decorate With Ganache & Add Oreos. Spread ganache over the top of the cheesecake into an even layer. (If desired, you can set aside 1-2 Tablespoons or so for drizzling on at the end.) Sprinkle the chopped Oreos in a circle in the center of the cheesecake, stopping about 1-inch before the edge of the cheesecake. Drizzle any leftover ganache over the Oreo cookies.
Prepare Stabilized Whipped Cream. In a glass or metal bowl or a stand mixer, beat heavy cream on medium speed until it starts to get fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and whip on high heat until stiff peaks form. (The whipped cream should hold its shape on your spatula even when you rotate it around.)
Pipe Whipped Cream Swirls. Add whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip (I used an Ateco 849 closed star tip) and pipe small swirls of whipped cream around the border.
Decorate With Oreos. If desired, tuck whole Oreo cookies upright in between the whipped cream swirls. Sprinkle whipped cream with any leftover fine crumbs you have.
Serve & Store:
Serve. Enjoy right away or store uncovered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Before cutting, let the cheesecake sit out 10-15 minutes so the ganache can soften slightly. Use a long, thin knife to cut cheesecake into thin slices. Wipe the knife off with a damp cloth between slices for the neatest cuts.
Store leftover cheesecake covered in the refrigerator 3-4 days.
Freeze. To make this cheesecake in advance, you can bake and cool it, including the 4-6 hour chill time. For best results, freeze WITHOUT decorating. Freeze uncovered on a baking sheet till firm, then wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap and then tuck into a freezer bag. Store in the freezer up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge, then decorate as desired before serving.
Ingredients + Tips:
OREOS. Regular Oreos (blue package) are NOT gluten-free. To keep this gluten-free, you must buy the Gluten-Free Oreos (white package). Or, you can choose another brand of gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies, like Goodie Girl, Glutino, Kinnikinnick, etc. I recommend 2 full packages so you’ll have plenty for the crust, the filling and the decoration! (Gluten-Free Oreos come in packs of 30)
CREAM CHEESE. We only recommend blocks of full-fat cream cheese for cheesecake. Do not use cream cheese spreads. Our go-to brand is Philadelphia for taste and texture.
SOFTEN INGREDIENTS FASTER. Do NOT microwave any of the ingredients to soften them! Instead, fill a bowl with warm (not hot!) water and place eggs, closed container of sour cream and sealed packages of cream cheese in the bowl.
Hot Water Bath Instructions:
For Traditional Water Bath: Follow instructions above in recipe card.
For Modified Hot Water Bath: If you don’t have a pan large enough to fit a 9-inch springform pan, you can place a 9×13 pan on a rack below the center rack in the oven. Fill 9×13 pan with boiling water before placing the springform pan on a sheet pan on the center rack in the oven above the 9×13. The steam coming from below will help you prevent cracks and help control browning.
If You Choose NOT To Use A Hot Water Bath, just keep in mind your cheesecake will brown more than mine and may form cracks as it bakes or cools. This is purely cosmetic, and will be covered up by the ganache and decorations at the end!