Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes with Video

By Tessa Arias
November 30th, 2021
4.93 from 13 votes
4.93 from 13 votes

With over a million hits, these adorable Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes have been my most popular recipe post. Watch the video to see how they're made!

Yield: 15 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 22 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The combination of cookies and cream (cheese) is a near perfect pair in these cookies and cream cheesecake cupcakes.
Texture: The slightly crunchy Oreo cookie on the bottom of each cupcake and the Oreo bits suspended inside the creamy sweet cream cheese goodness are the best part of this treat.
Ease: Way easier than you might think. Watch the video to see how they’re made!
Appearance: Cute, unique. May cause mouth to water.
Pros: These kept well in the fridge for several days.
Cons: This recipe reminded me of how much I like Oreos. Uh oh.
Would I make this again? Well, clearly I have!

I first published this Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes recipe in 2010. Since then, that post has received over a million hits and over 175,000 Pinterest pins and 46,000 “likes” on Stumble Upon.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes, the most popular recipe on my blog with over a million hits!

It was the first post I ever published to go viral, and it was absolutely thrilling. Since then I’ve had posts achieve similar internet attention, but that was the first one and I’ll always remember it!

When I was brainstorming video ideas for April, I quickly realized I absolutely needed to create a video on these cupcakes since they are one of my most popular recipes. This post is now the updated version of that original 2010 post. The original post has over 300 comments, some of which are questions about the recipe and some of which are very entertaining. I think the video answers a lot of questions you may have, as just seeing how something is made gives you so much more confidence to enter the kitchen. At least I think so!

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe Tips:

The recipe posted below is HALVED from the original recipe here. Having 30 of these cupcakes in my house is way too dangerous. Also, making 30 cupcake requires three muffins tins and I only have 2. Both options are available to you for whichever yield you prefer!

Yes, 275°F is the right temperature. You want to bake these in a cooler oven to avoid having overbaked or cracked cupcakes.

Allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature before chilling in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I like to chill overnight.

I ran out of paper liners in the making of this video, but DEFINITELY use them if you have them. The cupcakes will still turn out without them, but they’re much prettier, easier to transport, and easier to clean with them. I like to use standard white paper cupcake liners so the Oreo on the bottom peeks through like in the top photo.

Bake these for 22 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set. If the batter is still slightly jiggly in the middle, that is fine. Err on the side of underbaking vs. overbaking. However, you may still need to add an extra minute or two of baking time if your oven runs cold.

You can substitute nonfat plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream, but I prefer sour cream. You can also use light cream cheese if you want, again I prefer full-fat.

Since these are made with cream cheese, they need to be stored in the refrigerator. If you plan on bringing them to a party or potluck, that’s fine. Just be aware that they shouldn’t sit at room temperature for an extended period of time.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

4.93 from 13 votes

How to make
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

Yield: 15 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Chilling Time 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 32 minutes
With over a million hits, these adorable Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes have been my most popular recipe post. Watch the video to see how they're made!


  • 21 Oreo cookies, 15 left whole, 6 coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound (2 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line 2 standard muffin tins with 15 paper liners. Place 1 whole Oreo cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla then add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Beat in the sour cream and salt. Do not overmix. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies.
  3. Divide the batter among the cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely inside the muffin tins. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost in the fridge overnight before serving.

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Recipe Notes

You can easily double this recipe to make 30 cupcakes. Recipe from Martha Stewart.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tessa Zimmerman — July 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    So good!! Made this in a school cooking class and just had to take the recipe back home to make again.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 25, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      So happy to hear that you loved these cheesecakes so much, Tessa!!

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    Jody — June 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    I didn’t see a video.
    I think I made cheesecake cupcakes in the past and I remember the cheesecake stuck to the paper liner when removing. Does this happen at all with yours? Is parchment liners better do you think?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:27 am

      Hi Jody! There actually is a video for this recipe, right above the pink tip box. An advertisement may play beforehand, but it does say “Recipe Video” right above the video box. We have not had issues with the cupcake liners sticking, and we have not tried it with parchment liners. You could try making these without liners, but as Tessa mentions in the pink tip box above the recipe, it does make them more difficult to store and transport if they do not have the liners around them (plus, it’s definitely more difficult to clean the pan afterwards!). Tessa has a whole article devoted to preventing cupcake liners from sticking. It mostly pertains to cupcakes or cupcakes, but you may find some of her tips useful for these cheesecakes, too! I have linked the article here! I hope this helps 🙂

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    Risa Phillips — June 24, 2022 at 11:06 am

    It’s AMAZINGLY deeeeelishhhh!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      So happy you love these cupcakes, Risa!!

  4. #
    Dina — September 1, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    I have made this recipe several dozen times and it always turns out delicious. Keep coming back to it over and over!

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      Emily — September 2, 2021 at 7:51 am

      So glad to hear how much you love this recipe, Dina!

  5. #
    Casey M — May 27, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I thought this recipe seemed extremely familiar when I was making them. This is Martha Stewart recipe but cut in half!!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      You are absolutely correct! A few years ago I switched recipe card plugins, and a lot of the old recipe sources didn’t get mapped over correctly and were lost. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, I have added her name to the post!

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    Becky — November 18, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Made these today. I didn’t have chocolate/fudge so used the peanut butter fudge left in fridge. The fudge made yesterday didn’t set up, so it worked great for these. Also, thank goodness the fudge is gone. I’ve been eating it by the spoonful:)

    Can’t wait for my husband, with the sweet tooth, to get home to taste test! Actually, I already tasted one….OMG! they are delish!

    Thanks for this recipe.

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      Tessa — November 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Yay! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this recipe, Becky!

  7. #
    Sue — September 15, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    crowd pleaser!

  8. #
    Arshia — June 12, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Wow! Its yummy.

  9. #
    Lorlelei — May 25, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    We have a summer cabin and everyone always wants a little sweet after dinner and these cheese cake bites are just the answer! I make them in the morning or on a rainy day and freeze them. Just before dinner I take a few out of the freezer and by the time we’ve eaten they are just the perfect treat.
    I’m experimenting now with other cookies. Sooooo fun!

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    Sabrina — December 19, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Absolutely delicious!

    I’m no baker but these are so easy to make with most ingredients already on hand.

    My family goes crazy for these!! Always asking me to make them.

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

  11. #
    Kyla — August 20, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I wanted to make something to my bf’s family and they absolute love my cheesecake. Plan on making some more. One question, so once I took it out of the oven they look great. But once I set it at room temperature, the middle part of the cheesecake sank..

  12. #
    Maria — April 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    These were so good, and so easy to make. Definitely a recipe I will keep and use over and over again.

  13. #
    Mary — December 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    This recipe was incredibly delicious! I ended up covering them with chocolate ganache and adding a few extra Oreo crumbs on top. They were so hard not to gobble up right away. I know they are super unhealthy but they are so tasty I couldn’t help making them a couple times last month!

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    Mary — December 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    This recipe was incredibly delicious! I ended up covering them with chocolate ganache and adding a few extra Oreo crumbs on top. They were so hard not to gobble up right away. I know they are super unhealthy but they are so tasty I couldn’t help making them a couple times last month.

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    Kiara — July 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I didn’t make cupcakes but far as the batter itself I’m giving my rate on. I made an entire 9 inch Oreo cheesecake for the first time & it came out amazing so for those who come across this I’ll tell you how to do it if you want an entire cake. Before anything make sure all of your ingredients are room temperature before starting. I had went to the store to get my products right before making this So I just let my eggs, sour cream & cream sit out for 2 hrs or so. I didn’t want to “rush” the process. I used a 9″ round 3″ deep spring form pan and a 10″ inch round silicone pan I believe probably 3″ deep likewise, and a 10″ inch square metal pan or any pan that you can put in the oven & water bath in. Water bath is just putting one pan into another pan of boiling hot water which a lot of people do for cheesecake. The silicone pan makes it more simple then messing with foil. It’s what I had on hand at the time & ended up turning out perfect. 1st preheat your oven at 275 degrees as Tessa stated so you’re oven can be ready while you do all these other steps I’m going to name. Its best that cheesecake cook at a low temp. Put your spring form pan into your round silicone pan. I pulsed 28 whole Oreos with 6 1/2 tablespoons of melted salted butter in a blender. Or you can use unsalted butter & add your own salt. Then pour the blended cookies into the bottom of your spring form pan and push them around the bottom & sides of the pan making sure there’s no cracks in between to make your Oreo base. Then put it in the fridge to harden a bit. Some people heat it in the oven for 10 minutes but I didn’t do that & it came out perfectly. I find that to be an unnecessary step. As your Oreo base is in the fridge boil a small pot of water to prepare for the water bath and then go head & prepare your cheesecake mix. I just doubled all of Tessa’s list of ingredients being she said she halved her original recipe because it was too much for what she needed I figured I should double it being I’m making a full cake so I used four 8-ounce packs of cream cheese, 1 cup of granulated sugar. 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. 4 large eggs, & 1 cup sour cream, & a pinch of salt. I followed Tessa’s video concerning mixing it together. Then I took my Oreo base out, sat the silicone & spring form pan in my 10″ square pan. At this point your oven should be fully preheated. Pour the cheese cake mix in, sit it on your oven rack & then pour the boiling water in the square pan about halfway up the round pan. You want to put enough water in the pan so that it doesn’t all evaporate by the time you’re done cooking it. I still had a bunch of water left in the pan when it was done cooking which is fine. This water bath process just helps to keep the oven moist so that you don’t have cracks in your cheesecake. It’s a simple process, nothing tedious. Close your oven and let it cook on 275 unbothered for an hour and a half. Then turn off your oven and leave it in the oven closed for at least an hr to cool & finish cooking. Take it out the oven and let it sit out on the stove for about an hour to an hour and a half. I just gently went around it & tugged the cheesecake with my finger to pull it away from the sides of the pan so that it won’t be hard to come out the pan later. Then put it in the fridge covered for at least 8 hrs to get cold and form itself. To get it out the pan I just took a hot knife that I dipped in boiling water and went all the way down to the cookie base and around the sides of spring form pan very gently to make sure there isn’t anything sticking on the sides of the pan. I used a butter knife so I won’t scrape my pan up. Hot knives are good when cutting cheesecake because it gives a more crisp cut. Then I unlatched the little latch that’s attached on the spring form pan and it releases the cheesecake. I decorated it with some caramel toppings & was good to go. Thanks for the guidance Tessa! Hope this helps whoever that wants a full cheesecake. Time consuming but so worth it!

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    DJ — April 22, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I made these about a year ago and they were a winner. I’d like to make them again using four or eight oz. mason jars, can you advise on how long they should bake?

  17. #
    Sam — December 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    These are incredible. I’ve been making them for a while and took a break when I got back to your site I realize it’s halved 🙁 I’m really sad the original post is gone and the link doesn’t work. I enjoyed making the large batch so that I can share it with others. Can you please help add it at the bottom or fix the link— pretty please?

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    Rhea Tomaro — October 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    If I want mini cuppies like 1 oz how long should I bake them?

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