Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

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Oreo Cheesecake Cookies by Ana Claudia Irigoyen
Story and Photos by Clarissa M. Yanar

Upon entering the kitchen the smells of a previous meal filled the air, the chef was ready to bake with and apron on and an eager look on her face; the next few hours were sure to be eventful and most of all flavorful.

Ana Claudia Irigoyen, a Senior Marketing major, starts by explaining that the cookies she’s about to make are addictive, “So Beware!” While getting things out to begin she mentions she might pursue baking as a career, “I’ve always wanted to go to Europe and take a few cooking classes, maybe have my own place one day.” Her marketing degree might help her in the business side of her bakery and her passion will be translated into everything she makes.

Being a St. Mary’s student makes Irigoyen feel more confident about her dreams because of how her professors motivate her on a daily basis. “All my professors know me by name and know what I want for my future,” says Irigoyen. What she says she loves most about being here is that it feels like a “close community” and everyone gets involved in helping her reach her success.

Her tips for baking can be thought of as well as the tips for life. She says her number one tip for baking would be, “Don’t be afraid of failure. Some of the greatest recipes were thought to be failures!” Watching the passion she put into her baking proved that she knew how to experiment with flavors to get the best outcome.

Irigoyen’s favorite things are all sweets, so she loves to bake cakes, cookies, and anything that will fill her sweet tooth. Her favorite dessert is tiramisu, “I have never made it myself because of the fear that I won’t meet my own expectations in capturing all the sweet goodness.” She says her kitchen is her sanctuary and her oven is where the magic happens. What’s her favorite part? “I love turning on the oven light and watching my creations happen, “ she says.

This specific recipe was chosen because it is the first thing her mom ever taught her to make. “There are few ingredients, it’s simple, and most of all it’s fun to make, “ says Irigoyen. She loved baking ever since that time and she couldn’t think of a better recipe to showcase.

Of course, like every good chef she has advice on preparing her recipe. While making the cookie balls before putting them in the oven, “Try to use only the tips of your fingers. The batter will be sticky so don’t worry if they don’t look perfect, they will taste great either way.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 3oz of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Pack of Oreos
  • 1 Large Cookie Sheet
  • Wax Paper

Directions:

First you always have to remember to preheat your oven. In this case leave it at 375 degrees F. Before you start prep your cookie sheet because later on your hands will be sticky. Place a sheet of wax cooking paper on cookie sheet. The first step to making your batter is to whip the butter with the cream cheese with your mixer at a medium speed. When they are completely whipped, add your sugar and vanilla to mix and keep beating. With the mixer still going at a steady speed, sprinkle the flour in to the mix at a slow place; not all at once. After all the flour is sprinkled in the mixer, add the chocolate chips and keep mixing at the previous speed until mixture looks even. In a separate bowl crush the Oreo’s finely. You can also use a food processor for a finer crumble. The next step is to start to make balls from the flour mixture and cover them with the crushed Oreo’s. When placing them into your Oreo crumble try to cover as much as possible, but they don’t have to be completely covered. Place each ball about an inch apart on the cookie sheet. When all the batter is balled up place your cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Enjoy.

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