Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!!

4 Apr

Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!

Hello!  Today is Wednesday, which is my favorite day of the week…why?  NO CLASSES FOR ME!  Yay!  I can spend the entire day doing homework, cooking, baking, grocery shopping, lounging, etc. It’s wonderful.

It’s been a while since my first post.  To be honest, I have been getting somewhat frustrated and a little discouraged from time to time about baking.  Here’s the deal–I like to make things lower in fat whenever I can (ex. I used slow-churned ice cream for the baked alaska) but I am still relatively new at all of this baking and creating stuff (from scratch, anyway).  The combination of these things can sometimes yield undesirable results in the kitchen :(  Combine this with the fact that I am sometimes a little bit overambitious and try to make something crazy with no recipe for guidance and then it’s easy to see how I can get so discouraged.  Despite the discouraging results I have seen in the past week thanks to my just jump in the kitchen and measure stuff and combine it and see what happens and expect great results approach, I have learned a lot.

So, the other night when I talked to Jay (if you don’t remember from the first post, she’s my roommate Taylor’s girlfriend) about my frustrations (her mom is a serious baker/cook/foodie), she helped me realize all of the above, I learned those things with some practice, experimenting, and support/encouragement/help from a good friend.

That being said, I realized that I needed to work on practice with recipes first before I could get to the point of making my own recipes.   I thought back to the baked Alaska and thought about how wonderful it turned out; I realized that I could adapt from a  recipe that was already made, but that I could still do little things to sort of make it my own, give it my own creative twist.  So, I went on a multiple day search for something that looked great that would give me a chance to put my own little tiny twist into the recipe, and I found something that looked absolutely amazing…

Know what it was?

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies.


I found this recipe from

I could not be happier that I found her blog, it’s truly amazing.  Although, I will say that it was quite the temptation over the weekend when I was trying to study for my accounting exam…that just shows how awesome it is considering how much I love accounting (seriously, I love accounting, no sarcasm at all).

Anyway, I had been thinking about the possibility of making a cheesecake at some point during this blogging adventure I have started, and recently I had become the recipient of a lovely Mars bar.  I thought to myself I’ll make a Mars Bar Cheesecake!   When I saw the browneyedbaker’s recipe for there Oreo Cheesecake Cookies, I knew what I wanted to do.

Yes, I wanted to put my Mars Bar into cheesecake cookies.  Win.

Here’s the thing about Mars Bars, I don’t think they sell them in the United States, at least not where I live.  I had never had one.   My boyfriend, Michael, is on Semester at Sea right now and I have become pen pals with his good friend Emma, who is from Canada.  She and I have had a few conversations about chocolate, sweets, candy etc, and she has raved about Mars Bars.


Here's my boyfriend, Michael on the Semester at Sea Ship. He's having such a great time!

I really wanted to try one.  Lucky for me, when Jay’s German exchange student from high school, Konstantine, was visiting last weekend, he had a Mars Bar from his flight he didn’t want.

I got it.

I got a Mars Bar.


We also happen to have a TON of M&M’s around my suite.  Peanut, milk chocolate, pretzel, you name it and we’ve got it.  Chris, one of my roommates, and Jay both receive M&M’s for gifts from family members, but neither really like them, so they just accumulate until we find a use for them.  I had found a use for the M&M’s accumulating in our cabinets…I would add them to the cheesecake Mars Bar cookies.  Yes.  So that’s why they’re called Silly cookies, for some reason, I just thought it was so fun and silly to put all of those things into a cookie!  It’s pretty great though.

Okay, so I think that I have rambled enough for now, and I will now give you the recipe for these silly cookies.

Silly Cheesecake Cookies (Recipe adapted from BrowneyedBaker’s Oreo Cheesecake Cookie Recipe found here:

1/4 cup of Smart Balance Light*

8 tbsp of 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese** (I put in extra cream cheese just because, feel free to add less if you want)

1 cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 chopped up Mars Bar

as many or as little M&M’s as you want, or any other kind of candy

Note: I like to do lower fat substitutions when I make things, so feel free to make the same substitutions I did or not, it depends on what you prefer, if you do not want to make the substations, that’s perfectly fine and you will still get a great product :)

*I used Smart Balance Light because it is lower in fat; I also used half the amount as the original recipe.  Feel free to go with the original if you like

**I used 1/3 fat cream cheese and added 2 extra tbsp for an especially cream cheesy flavor; again, feel free to go with the original if you would like

Here’s What You’ve Gotta Do: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (mine stuck, so I would recommend putting a little cooking spray on the parchment paper!)

First, combine cream cheese and Smart Balance (or butter if you do not want lower fat substitutions) in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and combined 


Looks good to me!

Next, add in your 1 cup of sugar 



Then, combine sugar into the cream cheese and Smart Balance light mixture 


it looks SO yummy!

After that, add in 1 cup of flour 


Then, mix well! 


It's looking nice and thick and yummy. Mmmm...

Okay, now it’s time to cut up your Mars Bar (or other type of candy bar you are using) 


Behold, the Mars Bar. Yes, I may have taken a tiny bite...I hadn't ever had one before! Pure yumminess, I tell you!


I can't say that I cut up candy bars a lot, but it was sure fun!

Now, add in your Mars Bar/M&M’s/other candy item 


Look at all those delightful Mars Bar bits!


See what I mean? those are holiday M&M's, we just have them from random times they were given as gifts!

And now, it is time to put these little guys into the oven to bake! 


Looks like everything is all combined well, now it's time for the magic moment...

In they go! 


They're so colorful. I admit it, I kind of gazed into the oven during their time in there...


Okay, this picture is AWFUL, I'm sorry. So why would I include it? Just to give you an example of what they look like done. Again, I would put them in for maybe 2 minutes less than I did if I could go back in time! That's personal preference though

Here is the final yummy product


Oooh la la!

Now, enjoy! 

Remember how I said earlier that I have learned a lot?

One thing I have learned is that I am still a beginner, I cannot just jump in and start doing things that I think will turn out well with absolutely no guidance from a preexisting recipe, especially if I am making lower-fat substitutions.  I need to take it a little bit slower, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The other thing I have learned is that it takes a lot of time practice and experience to make your own recipes from scratch (at least with baking, when I try out new experiments while I make dinner, it generally works out better), I am not at this point yet, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The final thing I have learned is that baking is a science, it is very exact, and making substitutions is a very difficult thing to do because of how exact this delicate science is; being able to do this takes practice.  There’s nothing wrong with that.

To help me with this fun and messy adventure, Michael let me get a few cookbooks for our two and a half year anniversary :)

Hopefully they will arrive soon, they should be a great help in learning about this wonderfully fun art of baking!

I hope that you enjoy these Silly Cheesecake Cookies and that you have fun getting your hands messy while making them :)

FYI: I am so sorry about the less-than-great/poor quality of my photos.  I use my iPhone to take pictures because I lost the battery charger for my digital camera :( I haven’t used my digital in years (seriously) because Michael is a photographer, so I never really needed to use it when he was here.  I will take better pictures and try to find an alternative to my phone!  I was a little shaky for these photos :(

About these ads

10 Responses to “Silly Cheesecake Cookies!!!”

  1. Amy April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Yumm! Now, I love Mars bars and never thought of using them in a recipe. These look delish.

    • katherineb12 April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Thank you, I was excited they turned out okay! The Mars Bar was a fun addition, I wish they were more available here.

  2. Gemma Derbyshire April 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Yum mee! These look amazing!! X

  3. delpercente April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on From the mind of Del… and commented:
    mm, this looks absolutely yummy! Hope you don’t mind me reflagging, this is a definitely a must try keeper!

    Del Percente

  4. digintobooks April 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for checking my blog out – congrats on starting yours! Looks like your off to a delicious start with these cookies! Can’t wait for more recipes!

    • katherineb12 April 6, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      Thanks! I hope to make some more stuff this weekend :)

  5. Choc Chip Uru May 1, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Mmmmmmm yum cheesecake and marsbar in a cookie? Count me in, call me crazy :D
    Also thanks for subscribing – I hope you enjoy it my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • katherineb12 May 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      It was so yummy! And rich, and sweet :) No problem, I’m sure I will enjoy :D


  1. Today’s Post is Brought to You by The Number 10 « vatralvariety - April 7, 2012

    [...] and now I need Kate to make me a pie. Thank you Kate for taking my blog to 10 viewers. P.S. Those silly cheesecake cookies look delish. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: