Snickers Cheesecake

Snickers Cheesecake
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  1. 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  2. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  1. 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  6. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  7. 3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  8. 1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
  9. 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional
  1. 1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. 2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
  3. 3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired