What does a week with vacation days, summer sunshine, and parties need?! No Bake Oreo Bars, obviously!
Happy (almost) 4th of July! How are you celebrating this year? I know it’s kind of weird that it’s a Wednesday, like do you take off the beginning of the week, the end of the week, or just Wednesday? Regardless, it’s gotta include a lot of good food that’s sure to please a crowd.
See: No Bake Oreo Bars.
You guys, I can’t handle it. I’m obsessed. It’s so dangerous because these bars are so incredibly easy to make, I have to physically restrain myself often, otherwise, I’d be eating them 24/7 and I have to find some kind of balance.
When I was little, I couldn’t get enough of those box dessert bars. You know, the ones that come with everything in the box, including a lot of mystery ingredients that you can’t pronounce and aren’t really sure where or what they are. I know there’s a time and place for quick and easy desserts, but why make them out of the box when you can make it at home, minimizing the mystery ingredients? Disclaimer, obviously Oreos are a processed food. It’s about balance!
No Bake Oreo Bars are everything I remember – and want – in an Oreo bar. They’re light, creamy, perfectly sweet, and have a crunchy Oreo crust.
How do you get such a perfect combination? The filling is a mix of both whipped cream and cream cheese, which creates a luscious, light, creamy filling. Naturally, Oreo pieces are pieced throughout (these are Oreo bars after all!). And could you have these without Oreos on top? Definitely not. Requirement. Oreos everywhere.
These need a disclaimer: addictive.
Even more addicting because they are seriously SO EASY. And NO BAKE! Just make the crust, whip the whipped cream, cream the cream cheese, and fold it all together. Done, and done!
What better dessert for summer cookouts/BBQs/pool days – they require such little work, it’s a no-brainer. I highly recommend keeping them stored in the fridge, which means they’re also a cool treat on hot days, too! I’ll stop rambling on about how addicting/luscious/amazing/yummilicious these No Bake Oreo Bars are because if you’re still with me, I’m sure you’re ready to go make ’em!
Have an amazing 4th of July and don’t forget to let me know what’s on your menu!
No Bake Oreo Bars
- 44 Oreo cookies divided
- 5 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 16 oz. regular cream cheese softened to room temperature
- Place the mixing bowl you will use to make whipped cream in the fridge or freezer to chill (I like to use metal because it keeps colder longer). Chilling the bowl helps the whipped cream set up faster.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor, add 28 Oreo cookies. Pulse until a coarse mixture forms. Add the melted butter and continue pulsing until fine crumbs form. Place the crumbs in into a 9×9 baking dish, use the back of a measuring cup to help compact the crumbs and press them into an even layer. Place the crust in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
- Next, make the whipped cream by adding the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and sugar to the chilled mixing bowl. Use a stand or hand mixer to beat on medium-high for approximately 2 minutes until firm peaks form. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge.
- Using the same mixing bowl (no extra dishes here!), add the room temperature cream cheese and beat for 3-5 minutes until soft and whipped. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese. Crush 8 Oreos and fold them into the cream cheese mixture, then spread it evenly across the Oreo crust.
- Crush the remaining 8 Oreos and scatter them across the top of the bars, or reserve the Oreos until just before serving (see note). Place the bars back in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Keep chilled as much as possible for best results. Cut into 9 large bars, or smaller ones as desired.