In my post about Chocolate Christmas Mice, I promised to tell you what it was that I did with the leftover Oreo chocolate cookie. The answer lies within this box.
A few weeks before Christmas, we drew names at work for exchanging Christmas gifts. I drew a gentleman named, Lonnie. Lonnie is the comedian at the office. For instance, last week he was going through our huge green recycle container. I came around the corner with a co~worker and there he was. He is a man of about 5'6" and full of ornery energy. He looked at us over what is essentially a huge plastic green trash can on wheels and without missing a beat simply said... looking us directly in the eyes and with a straight face, "Didn't get breakfast." Lonnie loves to eat. He loves to eat good food and sweets are at the top of his list. If there is one candy that could be deemed his favorite (and there are many) it could be the Skor bar as easily as any other decedent chocolate confection. So when I drew his name for the gift exchange, I knew just what to do. Go buy a dozen (or so) Skor bars!
Here is what I did with those Skor bars.
Butter Toffee Cheesecake with Ganache
Preheat oven to 350°
1/2 cup real butter melted (one stick)
2-1/4 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
12 Skor Candy Bars (and one more for nibbling)
4 8 oz. blocks cream cheese softened to room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (you can substitute dark chocolate for one quarter of chocolate chips)
- Set Cream Cheese out in large mixer bowl and allow to achieve room temperature and become soft.
- Butter a 9” spring form pan with real butter.
- Chop 12 Skor bars in two batches of six bars each and keep them separate.
- Twist and separate Oreo cookies. Scrape white middle off. Make crumbs out of cookies. I roll them with a rolling pin in a sturdy Ziploc bag. You can see how having one side of an Oreo cookie left over from the Christmas Mice would be useful here, so make them a day or two before the cheesecake if you are making them.
- Melt butter.
- Stir in Oreo crumbs and sugar.
- Press into bottom and sides of buttered 9” spring form pan.
- Evenly scatter one batch of the six chopped Skor bars onto crust
- Mix softened cream cheese in mixer until very smooth.
- Mix in sugar first and until smooth, then mix eggs one at a time beating thoroughly.
- Pour filling into crust.
- Bake at 350° degrees for 40 minutes.
- Turn oven down to 300° degrees and bake 30 minutes longer. This is a good time to rotate your cake around in the oven if your oven seems to bake hotter at one side or the other. Do not rotate at any other time.
- Let sit and set in oven for one hour.
- When cake is cool refrigerate over night, or at least 8 hours.
Pop ring of spring form pan off. Leaving cake on the bottom of spring form pan, set cake on a piece of foil or your choice of waterproof device. In this next step you will be pouring your ganache topping over and you will be letting it run down the sides. It just doesn't get much better. :-)
- Heat heavy cream in an heavy sauce pan.
- Stir in chocolate on low heat until smooth, beating with a spoon to keep from scorching and to aid in chocolate melting.
- Pour over cheesecake (should drip off sides) spreading out to get the coverage and look you want.
- Top with 6 more chopped Skor Bars.... YAY!!!! Yumm.
- Chill for one hour.
- Now slide your cake onto whatever you will be serving it from.
- Leave at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Lonnie is a giving man and shares everything. He has co~workers over during the summer for barbeque's... that sort of man. He had been awarded the Employee of the Year award at our Christmas lunch just two weeks prior to the day I gave him his cheesecake. So, I attached a note to his box saying that he had been such a good lad all year that he did not have to share with the other children. I think he did have a piece while at work, and I heard he gave a few sample bites (not slices), but the cake basically went home that evening, never to be seen again. I also heard he asked someone if they knew what bakery Teresa bought the cheesecake at. Lonnie likes good food. That felt nice.
Here is a little art work of the fun I had putting this Christmas gift together.
the rest of the chopping.
Some assembly required.
The beauty of disposable foil.
The finished cheesecake. Box and wrap it quick to avoid further temptation. By this time I had already eaten a Skor bar and licked ganache like I did not know better.