No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

by | Jul 1, 2019 | All, Desserts

 Keep the heat out of the kitchen and make a pan of these No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars for your next party. Filled with crunchy chocolate cookies and creamy cheesecake in every bite, these easy, make-ahead bars will quickly become your new summer go-to dessert.

3/4 image of cut piece of No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars on a white background with mini Oreos for garnish.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake is always a crowd favorite! These easy no-bake bars need to go to the top of your must-make list for your next party, barbecue or just because it’s Monday.

Your family and friends will thank you. Promise.

Why makes these Oreo Cheesecake Bars so good?

Sometimes the best desserts are the easiest ones.

You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Short ingredient lists and one-bowl wonders that don’t even need to go in the oven but still look and taste like they are complex and time consuming to put together?

That, my friends, is my summer love language when it comes to desserts.

These No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars hit all of these important criteria. It’s got the chocolate cookie crust that my friends and family go crazy for, is topped with layers of whipped cheesecake and has chocolate cookies wedged in between it all.

These cheesecake bars are light and airy but full of flavor; kinda like a summer version of the dense, baked cheesecake we love.

Best of all? They aren’t too sweet thanks to a generous scoop of tangy sour cream.

It’s a dessert nirvana.

Top down image of cookies and cream cheesecake bars on white and gray plates with a white background and mini oreos for garnish.

What ingredients do I need for these no-bake bars?

  • chocolate cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies 
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • sour cream
  • whipped topping or whipping cream
  • Mini Oreo Cookies

Equipment to make this dessert even easier

How do I make a chocolate cookie crust?

  1. Lining the pan is the first step. You’re going to need an overlap of parchment paper or nonstick foil to use as handles to lift the cheesecake bars out of the pan when you’re ready to cut and serve them.
  2. Next up is making the chocolate cookie crust. In a small bowl stir together some chocolate cookie crumbs with sugar and melted butter. Evenly press into the bottom of the prepared pan and pop it in the freezer while you make the batter.   Pro Tip: I like to use the bottom of a drinking glass to press the chocolate cookie mixture into the pan to keep the crust even. 

Follow these easy tips for making great dessert bars

  • Make sure your ingredients are room temperature. Room temperature cream cheese and sour cream make the batter nice and smooth. 
  • Use a large bowl to cream the sugar and cream cheese so the batter doesn’t spray all over your kitchen.
  • Make sure your batter is smooth before you spread it in the pan
  • Pop your chocolate cookie crust in the freezer while you are making the cheesecake filling to get it to set quickly.
  • Freeze the bars to get them set, but remove from freezer 30 minutes before serving otherwise they are difficult to cut.

The contrasting layers of cheesecake and crushed Oreo cookies make these bars pretty enough to serve to company but easy enough to whip up on during the week when the sweet tooth craving hits.

We love cheesecake bars! In fact, we have 8 cheesecake bar recipes on our site! 

If you want a fruity version of no-bake cheesecake, check out this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bar recipe!

Straight on image of cut piece of cookies and cream cheesecake bar with a layer of oreos in the middle.

Cheesecake Bar Recipes

 

Pinterest image of 2 cut pieces of No bake cookies and cream cheesecake bars on a white background with mini oreos for garnish.

Yield: Makes 12 bars

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

3/4 image of cut piece of No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars on a white background with mini Oreos for garnish.

Keep the heat out of the kitchen with these easy, No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies ground into crumbs in food processor
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces Whipped topping, thawed (or 1 cup whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar)
  • 2 cups mini chocolate sandwich cookies coarsely chopped, divided

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl combine cookie sandwich crumbs with melted butter until all of the butter is absorbed. Press the chocolate cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan and press with fingers until mixture is compacted. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, place cream cheese and sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and mix until combined. Fold in thawed Cool Whip or homemade whipped topping and stir until combined.
  4. Pour half of the cream cheese filling on top of the crust. Scatter 1 cup of the chopped cookies over the batter and gently add the rest of the cream cheese filling over top. Scatter the remaining chopped chocolate cookies on top. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or until set.
  5. Cut into squares and serve immediately.

Notes

I freeze my bars to get them even to set up even more. If you freeze them, let them sit out for 30 minutes before cutting. If you want a creamier bar, refrigerate.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g

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You don’t need to turn the oven on to get an amazing summer dessert. These No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars are always a crowd favorite! 

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53 Comments

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      NO bake desserts are the best! Thanks for the pin!

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    Happy Cheesecake Day!! Your bars look incredible!!!

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      Thanks, Liz!

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    I just found your blog through Twitter and I went straight here and drooled! Great recipe.

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      Aww, thanks for your kind words! So glad you found us. 😉

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      Thanks, Jessica!

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    One-bowl wonders! I love it! I also love this no bake cheesecake!

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      Aren’t they the best? I love easy recipes! Thanks for your note 🙂

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      Mine did too! Thanks, Barbara.

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    I am lovin’ this DAY—Cheesecake Day. Another reason why life is good.
    And so is this recipe. Yum. I pinned it.

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      Completely agree, Carol! Thanks for the pin!

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    I am seriously powerless when it comes to anything cookies and cream flavored, especially cheesecake. This is what I requested on my birthday a year or so ago and it is just the most delicious thing. I love your easy no-bake recipe!

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      Thanks, Shaina! It’s a weakness for me too 😉

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    No bakes are the best!! I love cookies and cream..so these bars will not last at all!!

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      I love desserts where the oven isn’t involved-perfect for summer!

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    Few things are better with cheesecake than oreos! I’m loving your easy, no bake bars- they look so fluffy and perfect for summer 😉

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      Thanks, Allie!

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      Right there with you! Thanks for the pin, Dorothy!

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      Couldn’t agree with you more, Becca!

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    i am SO craving one of these cheesecake bars right now.. love that they are no bake, definitely perfect for summer!

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      Thank you!

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      Thanks for your sweet comment, Denise!

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      Come over and I’ll give you one 😉 Thanks for the pin.

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      Thanks, Julianne!

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    These look fantastic! Gotta love no-bake desserts on hot days. Especially no bake desserts with Oreos.

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      Can’t get much better than that, can you? 😉

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      Thank you, Heather!

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    My Oreo cheesecake never looked so good! I need to get some tips from you or maybe try your recipe. When I tried to cut mine, all the cookies crushed into the cheesecake layer turning it into a complete disaster.
    Thanks for sharing and for joining us to celebrate this delicious day!

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      Freezing the bars makes them easier to cut. 😉
      Thanks for organizing such a fun day!

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    Thanks! That ended up being great and thus easy to make.

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      Glad they worked out for you!

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    ok, 3 big wins in my book: cheesecake, cookies and cream and it’s no bake!!! love this!!

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      Thanks, Alice.

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    Love no bake desserts for the summer and this looks fabulous!!

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      Thanks, Tara!

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      They are super easy and so delicious! Thanks, Karyn!

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    Oh my goodness, we just love cookies n cream around here (how could you not?!), so I can see this happening in the near future for sure!

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      Thanks, Holly! Your family will love them!

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    What a dreamy dessert! My husband needs this for his birthday for sure!

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    Love how simple this recipe is! It’s such a great idea to make desserts like this one for summer parties so you don’t have to think about it when guests are around!

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    My daughter loves cookies and cream and I decided to make this for her (well, I made it for the whole family, not *just* for her!). I only replaced the sour cream with creme fraiche, but did everything else as per the recipe. We looooooved it so much! It was so easy and it tasted even better the next day! Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe! 🙂

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      Love the addition of Creme fraiche. So happy your family loved it!

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    That always happens to me – a recipe that just sticks in my mind! And I can see why this one did – they look and sound delicious! Happy Cheesecake Day!

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