Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day and what better way for this sugar cookie lover to celebrate than with a sugar cookie cheesecake!
Instead of a graham cracker crust, I used baked (homemade) sugar cookies and prepared them the same way you would the graham crackers for the classic crust.
And in keeping with the sugar cookie theme, I mixed in a half cup of sprinkles to the classic cheesecake batter. :) There's no such thing as too many sprinkles, right? :) Adding them definitely pumped up the happy quotient! 
When I was a kid, my dad would take me out for lunch on my birthday, and without fail, I would order a grilled cheese sandwich, and cheesecake for dessert. The cheesecake was always a classic, plain cheesecake, but if this sugar cookie version had been around, you can bet that it would have been my birthday cheesecake choice. :)
This sugar cookie cheesecake was a big hit at our house! It's simple to make and makes any day a celebration!

(Below the recipe, you will find a list of 60+ more cheesecakes from 60+ bloggers!)

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
 Baked sugar cookies, unfrosted (I used THIS recipe for the cookies. You won't need a whole batch, so save some for later or half the recipe))
5 Tablespoons melted butter
2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)

Melt butter and set aside.  
Using a food processor, grind up cookies into fine crumbs for two cups of crumbs. 
In a bowl, mix together crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar until well blended.
Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until done.
Set aside and let cool.
Prepare pan for baking by covering the bottom (and continuing up the sides) of the  pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.

Cheesecake batter
2 pounds cream cheese (four 8 ounce blocks), softened
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles, and a little extra for the top (jimmies)
Crystallized sugar (for topping)

Place cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat until creamy.
Add the eggs, vanilla, sugar and mix well.
Mix in the sprinkles.
Pour the mixture into the springform pan and smooth out evenly.
Sprinkle some jimmies and crystallized sugar on the top of the cheesecake.
Place in the oven and Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done- 
the cheesecake will be slightly golden and set, but will jiggle in the middle just a bit.
Let cool completely.
Run a knife around the edges of the cheesecake and 
carefully remove from the springform pan.


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                                   Roxana (Roxana's Home Baking) organized a huge cheesecake event for today with over 60 bloggers participating! Click on the links below to discover an amazing array of cheesecake recipes!  Thanks, Roxana!

 Pear cheesecake with gingersnap crust from Roxana's Home Baking
 Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bars from A Kitchen Addiction
 No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
 Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutter Butter Crust from Crazy for Crust
 Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars from Crumbs and Chaos
 Blackberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Baking a Moment
 Healthier Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars from Texanerin Baking
 White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles
 Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Crust from All Day I Dream About Food
 Lemon Cheesecake from Shugary Sweets
 No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
 Oreo Cheesecake (vegan) from Namely Marly
 Blueberry Ricotta Cream Cheesecake from Hungry Couple
 Lemon Ginger Panna Cotta Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce from Girl Versus Dough
 Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic Topping from Boulder Locavore
 S'mores Cheesecake from The Gunny Sack
Raspberry Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from Hip Foodie Mom
Black Raspberry Cheesecake Milkshake from Blahnik Baker
No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake from White Lights on Wednesday Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake from gotta get baked
White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust from Cravings of a Lunatic Triple Brigadeiro Cheesecake Tart from From Brazil To You
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel from Taste and Tell
Snickers Cheesecake from Life, Love and Sugar
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life
Lilikoi Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Shortbread Crust from Dieter's Downfall
Strawberry Cheesecake Pots from Barbara Bakes
Mom's Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust from JavaCupcake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from Wine & Glue
New York Style Cheesecake from URBAN BAKES
Rainbow Cheesecake from In Katrina's Kitchen
Chocolate Cheesecake w/ Whisky Toffee Shards from girlichef
No Bake Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars from Beyond Frosting
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars from Cooking In Stilettos
Ricotta Cheesecake from French Press
Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutella Ganache Topping from The Redhead Baker
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecake from Savvy Eats
Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake from Wishes and Dishes
Key Lime Pie Cheesecake from Love and Confections
Apricot-Swirl Cheesecake from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Hawaiian Mini Cheesecakes from Pint Sized Baker
Butter Pecan Caramel No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes from Simply Southern Baking
Pumpkin Cheesecake from Lady Behind The Curtain
Mini cheesecakes with a toasted coconut crust (gluten free) from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake from You Made That?
Mini No Bake Lime Cheesecakes from Miss in the Kitchen
No-Bake Limoncello Cheesecake from Cake Duchess
No-Bake Berry Cheesecake from Food Lust People Love
Key Lime Trifles from Hoosier Homemade
Hawaiian Chantilly Layer Cheesecake from Wallflour Girl
No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars from Garnish with Lemon
Mango Cheesecake (vegan) from Jessiker Bakes
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from Chez CateyLou
Oreo Ripple Cheesecake from Overtime Cook
No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches from The Food Charlatan Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Ice Cream from Chocolate Moosey
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake from Munchkin Munchies
Caramel cheesecake martini from Happy Food, Healthy Life
Frozen PB&C Cheesecake from Noshing With The Nolands
Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Cookies from Lemons for Lulu


  1. So fun with the sprinkles. I LOVE IT :) Pinned!

  2. What can I say? This is a dream, it seems like a beautiful rainbow.. and I like it very much because here summer it's cold and rainy sigh.. Thanks my dear, for this sweet smile <3 <3

    1. Thank YOU, Ely, for your sweet comment! :)

  3. This has to be the cutest cheesecake ever! Love the fun sprinkles and the sugar cookie crust!

  4. oh my it looks so cute! loving all the colored sprinkles! I bet it tastes so good too!

  5. YES! I'm in love. Sugar cookies are my jam. Pinned!

  6. Such a fun cheesecake! My daughter took a quick peak and not she sings in the house "sprinkles makes me happy"
    Thanks for joining us Sue

    1. That's so cute about your daughter:) Thanks for the invitation and all your hard work it putting this together, Roxana! It's been fun!

  7. dang that's so dang cute. and dang colorful. right up my dang alley. how do you dang manage to make everything so dang wonderful? heehee :)

  8. I love everything about this cheesecake. From the sprinkles to the sugar cookie crust, it's so pretty and festive. Just beautiful!

  9. This is probably the most fun cheesecake ever.

  10. I love that you choose a sugar cookie cheesecake - it's beautiful!! So many recipes in one place - wow!!

  11. this cheesecake is the MOST FUN! love it

  12. Yep, sprinkles make everything 100 times better. This is fab!

  13. Replies
    1. Sprinkles make everything pretty:) Thanks, Angie!

  14. I love this SO much! Sprinkles for life :)

  15. How pretty, how creative!! That would be so perfect for a birthday celebration, amazing!!!

  16. I am LUSTING over this adorable cheesecake! It's so much FUN!

  17. That cheesecake looks so fun and tasty. perfect for party with friends or family.
    Office cleaning Wembley

  18. Wow! This is so creative and fun! my kiddo would go nuts for all those sprinkles!

    1. Thanks! Sprinkles make everything better:)

  19. Wow Sue, this looks freaking amazing, and that sugar cookie taste in a cheesecake? I love cheesecakes anyway, but this, yes this, I can definitely get on board with. Stunning too. Pinned.

    Lisa // Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  20. wow looks amazing! love the sugar cookie crust! (and wow that's A LOT of cheesecakes!)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Michelle! Yep, there's a cheesecake to please everyone:)

  21. Such a great idea for a cheesecake crust and the sprinkles was another great idea!

    1. Thank you, Paula. Sprinkles make everything more fun:)

  22. There can never be enough sprinkles! What a happy cake! :)
    P.S. Apologies for my serious lack of posting recently... life has been crazy busy but I really hope to post soon!

    1. No worries, Hazel:) Thanks for your comment!

  23. Oh my. This looks magical! SO fun. I don't really ever use sprinkles but I'd get them just for this cake. :)

  24. Just a quick question to I prepare the pan with aluminum before I bake the crust without the filling? or after the filling is added?

  25. will there be tiny lumps or should it be smooth this my first baked cheesecake as i "lost" my springform pan then found it as im getting ready to move again lol

    1. Hi Amanda, It should be as smooth as you can get it. :) Have fun!

  26. If, i didnt want to make cookies from scratch , about how many cookies would it be?

    1. Well, it depends on the cookie size, but you need enough to make 1 1/2 to 2 cups of crumbs. With a classic graham cracker crust, it takes about 10-12 full graham crackers to make 1 1/2 cups, so you can go from there in your figuring. Hope this helps.

    2. Thank you! That is very helpful:)