To celebrate National Cheesecake Day today, The Cheesecake Factory is serving up their new Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake. Extreme is definitely the operative word in that title. The fudge- and Oreo cream mousse-layered cheesecake is studded with baked-in Oreos, topped with milk chocolate icing and encrusted in chocolate chips.
Heavy is a good way to describe this sugar monster, both in terms of sheer weight (seriously, a slice feels like it weighs five pounds) and effect on your stomach. We also found the Oreo chunks to be a little jarring because they were such a contrast to the overall creaminess. Of course none of these factors were disconcerting enough not to devour the entire utterly delicious thing in one sitting. If only Oreos had any nutritional value whatsoever, a slice could work as meal replacement for the next few days.
If you live by a Cheesecake Factory, you can try it for yourself starting today. But if you’re like us, you’ll use this grand holiday as an excuse to make your own. All food tastes better when made in a home rather than a factory. After the jump, get recipes for some of our most popular cheesecakes.
In the heat of summer this strawberry cheesecake is absolute perfection.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
This divine Italian-style cheesecake is a De Laurentiis family favorite.
Get the recipe: Giada’s Mascarpone Cheesecake with Almond Crust
Spicy meets sweet and has a beautiful mouthwatering baby.
Get the recipe: Nadia G.’s Key Lime Habanero Cheesecake
This wonderfully rich cheesecake gains sweetness — and maybe some validating antioxidants? — from plump blueberries.
Get the recipe: Baked Cheesecake with Blueberries