Saturday, September 10, 2011

Butter Cookie Cheesecake


It's birthday time at our house; within the next three months we'll celebrate five birthdays!  Six if you include the dog! A tradition in our house is that the birthday person gets to pick their own birthday cake and what I'll make for dinner.  First up is my son's and as usual, he chose seafood and cheesecake.  I asked if he wanted a flavored cheesecake, but no, he wanted a plain one.  I said are you sure you don't want a chocolate one or a strawberry one?  Nope, just a plain one!  Even though this is a plain cheesecake, I did try a different crust.  It's made with butter cookies and it was a nice change from the ordinary graham cracker crust.  

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 Ingredients are as follows:

30 butter cookies (I got mine at my local grocery store)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar

24 ounces (three 8 ounce packages) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
8 ounces sour cream 
 1/2 C half-n-half


Preheat oven to 325 degrees; grease a 9" springform pan.

Chop up the cookies until you have a fine crumb mixture. (I showed you a few of the cookies whole so you have an idea of what they look like.)

Stir in butter and sugar.  Press into the bottom of the pan; set aside.

Whip the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated.

You'll end up with a silky smooth batter.

Add vanilla, sour cream and half-n-half; stir until combined. 

Pour batter into prepared crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes.  Do not open your oven door during this time!  Turn the oven off.  Open the oven door about an inch and allow the cake to cool (in the oven) for an hour.

Remove from oven and continue to cool in the fridge for a few hours. 

Slice, serve and enjoy!


  1. Oh yum!!! Looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Beautiful! Not one single crack! September is a big birthday month in my family. Plus, my boys were both born in December. We'll have a lot of fun and celebrations in the next few months, too. Looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing on your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Looks and sounds delicious!

  3. Wow, what a busy next couple of months for you! But FUN nonetheless! Love the tip about leaving the cheesecake in the oven to cool, I've read about doing that to prevent any cracking. Looks lovely!

  4. My daughter's birthday is coming up on Thursday.
    The cheesecake looks great.

  5. this looks so yummy...I wonder if we have butter cookies here?!

  6. Looks delish.....would love to know how to make the chocolate one you mention above.

  7. This looks delicious, and pretty to boot! So smooth and creamy. I'm sure your son enjoyed every bit of his birthday treat. Sometimes there is nothing better than a simple piece of cheesecake. :)

    Thanks for sharing at So Sweet Sundays!

  8. That's a lovely looking cheesecake! I really like the idea of using cookies for the base instead of graham crackers.

  9. This month is a busy one for birthdays at our house too. Happy birthday to all!

    Your cheesecake looks incredible!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  10. Wow - this looks wonderful! I would love it if you shared this on Makin' You Crave Monday over at!!

  11. It looks lovely! I would love for you to enter your recipe into a little contest I"m having over on my blog. Hope to see you there!!

  12. this sounds so amazingly delicious come see me at

  13. This is sinful. You can't post stuff like this. I can feel it going to my hips just thinking about it. Now I'm going to have to make it.

  14. wow, looks yummy. happy to have found and followed you through tasty tuesday.

  15. I love the twist. Butter cookies are my favorite kind of cookie and a marked improvement on a classic!

  16. Oh I HAVE to try this! I love cheesecake and this looks devine. So glad I found you on the linky party at Sew Much Ado! Now your newest follower!
    -Robyn from Tips from the Heart

  17. Ooh, I love butter cookies. This is such a good idea! I never would have thought to use them to make a crust.

  18. We have lots of birthdays coming up too! My mum's is in October, mine is in November and my sister and my daughter both share a birthday the week before Christmas. It's a busy time of year isn't it!

    I love this idea for a cheesecake. I am a bit of a purist with cheesecake too and this would be perfect for me! I wonder if my mum will make it for me!!!

    Best wishes and happy birthday to your son.

  19. Lisa, There is no such thing as an ordinary anything when it comes to cheesecake. I would probably like a butter cookie crust even more than a graham cracker crust. I'm giving this a try!
    ANd thanks for thinking to give us a great visual of the cookies!

  20. Interesting idea! Will definitely give it a try! Stopping in from Whipperberry.

  21. What a great recipe! It looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  22. I love the idea of using butter cookies for the crust!

  23. Happy birthday to your son. Great dinner and dessert choice. A sugar crust cookie is a nice twist. Thank you for linking at Joy of Desserts, and please don't forget to use a hyperlink back. :-) Have a great day.

  24. The butter cookies are a great idea! Sounds so delicious!

  25. Hey! Just stopping by to let you know I featured this at Savory Sunday this week!!

  26. What a great crust for this awesome Cheese Cake! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  27. What a great idea for a cheesecake remix. This sounds super yummy! Thank you so much for sharing your post at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will come back and party again!

  28. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  29. Great twist on the crust. I love cheesecake.

    Thanks for stopping by Sweet Tooth Friday!


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