Berry Oreo Icebox Cake

Layers of Berry Oreo cookies and strawberry cheesecake make this easy, no bake cake completely irresistible!  It is the perfect picnic cake or “just because you feel like it” cake.  Give this Berry Oreo Icebox Cake a try the next time it is too hot to bake.

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake - this easy no bake cake has layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos

Oreos and strawberries are the two things that get “stolen” in our house.

I have hiding places for the Oreo cookies, but my children have gotten wise to my ways.  It’s probably definitely time to find a new hiding place…or learn Jedi mind tricks to keep them out of the “blog” food.

And don’t get me started on the strawberries.  There are only so many places to “hide” things in a refrigerator.  My little fruit monsters sneak berries like there is no tomorrow.  Not that I mind them eating the healthy stuff!

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake - this easy no bake cake has layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos

This dessert was one of those “must make” dessert ideas.  You know the kind that can’t wait any longer!

My hubby and I were running errands and happened to stop in Walmart for a few items for his next trip to Haiti.  (You can read about our past trip HERE and HERE.)

I can’t go in Walmart without going down the cookie and baking aisle.  Seriously, I go down it every.single.time.  It’s not like I don’t know what’s there…I just HAVE to do it!  Perks of having a dessert track mind all the time!

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake - this easy no bake cake has layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos

I was really trying to find the new Reese’s Oreos, but unfortunately my store is lame.  No new Oreos for us!

The Berry Oreos are actually a favorite of mine.  I picked up a bag of them…AND then put it back on the shelf.  I know…I can’t believe that either!!!  So of course the next day when my hubby texted me and said he was at Walmart again (yes, we like to make multiple trips and use our gas frivolously) I texted back immediately and asked him to buy 2 packages.

This crazy no bake dessert was slowly taking shape in my head.  It was one of those ideas that had to be made that very minute.  Well, the minute he got home with the cookies that is.  Most of the time I have a reason or place for a dessert.  This time it was purely because I couldn’t get this dessert out of my head.

I don’t know who’s idea it was first to dunk Oreos in milk and layer them with a Cool Whip based mixture…but clearly that person was a genius!!!

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake - this easy no bake cake has layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos

For the layers in between the cookies, I made a no bake strawberry cheesecake.  Cream cheese, mashed strawberries, a little bit of sugar, and some Cool Whip all whipped together makes a pretty tasty no bake cheesecake.

The dark pink berry Oreos, light pink cheesecake, and white Cool Whip gave this dessert the prettiest neapolitan look when you cut into it.  I may have done a happy dance when I cut…ok, when I butchered this cake trying to get a good piece for the pictures.  It still tastes good even when hacked to pieces.  #lifeofafoodblogger

More fresh berries on top totally made this dessert a winner.  You could even use raspberries if you wanted.  I had a hard time not eating very much of this yummy cake.  Between the youth group girls and my son, it was gone in record time!

Hooray for yummy dessert ideas that come to life and are better than you imagined!

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake - this easy no bake cake has layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos

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Berry Oreo Icebox Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces of cake

Berry Oreo Icebox Cake

Layers of berry cheesecake and berry Oreos creates a fun no bake cake that is perfect for hot summer nights.

Ingredients

1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups diced strawberries, divided
4 cups Cool Whip
32 Berry Oreos (1 package + 2 extra cookies)
1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Take 1 cup diced strawberries and smash with the back of a fork. Add to the cream cheese mixture and beat again. Fold in 2 cups Cool Whip.
  2. Spoon 1/3 of the berry cheesecake in the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Dip the Oreos one at a time quickly in the milk and place in the bottom of the pan. Cover with 1/3 of the cheesecake. Repeat with the remaining Oreos. Cover with the last 1/3 of cheesecake.
  3. Cover the top of the cake with 2 cups Cool Whip. Refrigerate for a few hours to set up. Top with extra diced strawberries. Cut into 12 squares. Refrigerate remaining cake in a sealed container.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/berry-oreo-icebox-cake/

More fun Oreo recipes that taste amazing: 

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes 6

Coconut Oreo Strawberry Shortcakes

Red Velvet Oreo Bars title 2
Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Bars

White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Parfaits title 2

White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Parfaits 

 

More Oreo treats from bloggers I love:

Mini Cookies & Cream Cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel
Salted Oreo Peanut Butter Cups from Chocolate & Carrots
Midnight Oreo Cake from Sweet Treats & More
Cookies & Cream Donuts from Shugary Sweets

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars have a strawberry swirl cheesecake in the center that adds a sweet and creamy texture to these bars.

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars - a delicious and fun lemon bar to celebrate the beginning of warmer weather

 Spring is here!  Can I get a woot woot from the crowd?

Time to open the windows, air out the house, clean those corners, and wipe down the fridge.  There is something so exciting and fun about spring and the newness it brings.  The other day the birds were chirping like crazy outside my window.  It put a smile on my face to hear how happy they sounded.  I am now waiting excitedly for tree buds, green grass, and flowers to start popping up.    Although with the winter we have had, I am sure more snow will head our way before long. [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Can’t decide if you want cheesecake or brownies for dessert?   These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are two desserts in one.  Two are better than one for sure.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies - a delicious and pretty cheesecake brownie that is perfect for celebrating with your loved ones

 You knew one more crazy dessert had to be coming before Valentine’s Day right?

And what is crazier than cheesecake brownies?  Not too much!  In the spirit of love week, I added some red velvet cake mix to the cheesecake.  So if you think about it, this is really three desserts all rolled into one amazing treat!  Brownies, cheesecake, AND cake batter?  Hold me back!!!   [Read more...]

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Brownie Pie

A brownie pie topped with white chocolate cheesecake and peppermint bark is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Brownie Pie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownie pie topped with a fun peppermint bark cheesecake

Right now we are living in a winter wonderland.  The last few days it has snowed quite a bit.  The ground is covered in fluffy white, and the trees are glistening with the snow.  It looks beautiful…but can I be honest with you?  I am a snow hater.  (Ducks as invisible snowballs are hurled)

Oh, I kind of like it at this time of year.  Who doesn’t want to wake up on Christmas morning to a white winter wonderland.  But then it can melt ;-)  But alas, I am in for a long few months of cold and ice and cold and snowy days…and did I mention cold?

The older I get the less I can handle being cold.  Although at least being cold, you can put layers and layers of clothes on and sit in front of a space heater.  I’ve got one blasting at my feet right now.  When you are hot, there is only so much you can take off.  So, I guess that is one bright spot to being cold.  Bring on the layers.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

This fun and decadent chocolate cake will be the star of any holiday meal this year.  This Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake is actually easier than it looks, but don’t tell your friends that.  Let them think you are a kitchen diva and know how to rock your baking pans.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - chocolate cake, peppermint cheesecake, and chocolate decorations make this one spectacular cake

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the holiday shows on TV.  I remember as a kid watching all the Christmas cartoons every single year.   We would sit and watch Frosty, Rudolph, and The Grinch every single year, even when I was a teenager.

When our kids were younger, we would do the same thing with them.  As they have gotten older, they kind of look at us funny when we turn these cartoons on.  Where has the magic of childhood gone?  I think it died out when hand held devices became the rage.   Time to institute the no gaming devices again, and plan a fun family movie night.  Cake included!   [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  Do I have a delicious holiday recipe for you today?!?!  Chocolate and pumpkin join forces in mini cheesecakes.  Try these Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes this year for a change of pace at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust

 As we head into one of the busiest seasons of the year, I wanted to just remind us to stop and be thankful for all the things that God has allowed in our lives.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the negative and bad that we see happening and not to see all the good that we actually have.

I want to remember to be content with the things that are in my life.  I want to be thankful for the good and the bad.  Does that mean I am joyful and a delight to be around all the time?  No way.  I have my bad moments/days/weeks too.  I have to make it a point daily to be happy in the things God has placed me through.   [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts

Try these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts for an easy dessert during the upcoming holiday season. This recipe was made possible by Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - puff pastry sheets filled with a maple cheesecake and a caramel pecan topping

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the holidays are creeping up on us at an alarming rate.  Our calendar is already filling up with parties, school and church plays, and holiday activities.   [Read more...]

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Pecans and cheesecake were meant to be together.  Make this Pecan Cheesecake Pie this holiday season and watch it disappear in no time at all.

Pecan Cheesecake Pie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - cheesecake layered with a pecan pie for a fun and delicious layered pie

Do you like cheesecake?  What about pecan pie?

Do I ever have the pie for you then!!!

The other day I asked a question on Facebook about whether you would eat apple or pumpkin pie first on Thanksgiving.  The response seemed to be split between the two pies, but it turns out a whole lot of people actually prefer pecan pie instead.  The amount of pecan pie lovers was news to me.  I have to admit that is one of my favorites too, but I have actually never made one before.  Time for that to change. [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes

These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes - 3 layers of cheesecake for your holiday enjoyment  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.

With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake.  Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake.  Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze.  I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients.  My list might end up being pretty long.  Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now… [Read more...]

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

These Caramel Mud Pie Cups are the perfect no bake treat for when you only have a few minutes to make a chocolate dessert or a Valentine’s Day treat.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Last week I didn’t bake anything at all.  I know!  I was just as shocked as you.

Over the past few weeks I have made so many pink and red treats to share with you, that I was kind of ahead of the game in baking.  All I had to do was edit and post each day.  Plus, I thought no baking means no yummy chocolate treats in the kitchen tempting me from my diet.  Because we all know that sugar talks to me…and the sad thing is that I listen to whatever it tells me to do.  “Oh hello, delicious cookie.  Why yes, I do want to eat you.  And your friend?  Of course, I’ll see what I can do.”   It’s ok. I know I’m a little off my rocker.  It’s the sugar talking again.

I knew the no baking would end in me making something. The last time I tried to do no baking, the week ended with these Chocolate Avocado Muffins.  It was only a matter of time before I made something sugary.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Now my kids have gotten used to all these cookies and treats being around.  So a week of no baking was so foreign to them.  They kept asking where the snacks were.  We kept pointing at the bananas and carrots and told them to have at it.  Apparently they don’t want veggies and fruit after a long day at school.  But we didn’t budge…well, until I had this brilliant idea to make these yummy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups for an after dinner treat.   I found the original idea for this pie in a Holiday Jello booklet that I was looking through.

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FYI…looking through cooking magazines and books when you are trying to stay away from baking is not the best possible thing you could do.  I now have about 30 new ideas of things to make…like I needed more things on my list.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

We had everything I needed for these no bake cups.  Well, I didn’t have nuts and that’s what the original called for.  Honestly I am not a huge nut fan for a crust or in anything for that matter.  Don’t quote me on that though, because every once in a while I will add nuts to some things.  Just doesn’t happen often.

Anyway, I started looking in our cupboards and I found a bag of holiday pretzels.  Yes, people we still had jingle bell pretzels in our cupboard.  The bag was unopened, so I thought this was the perfect way to get rid of them.

And since I am slightly addicted to salted caramel, I decided to add caramel topping to the no bake cheesecake layer.  Best.idea.ever.  Well, not for the diet eating plan but that was just silly any way!

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

If you are not wanting to make a bunch of little pudding cups, feel free to double the recipe and put everything in an 8 inch pie plate.   Your sweetie will love you when you make this for a Valentine’s Day treat.

 

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No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Easy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups with a Pretzel Crust

Ingredients

3/4 cup crushed pretzels
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup Cool Whip
1 box chocolate pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 1/3 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Stir together the pretzels, butter, and sugar. Spoon into 8 small jars. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add the caramel and beat again. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spoon into the 8 jars.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes. Spoon evenly on top of the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with more Cool Whip and sprinkles (if desired) before serving.

Notes

Feel free to double the ingredients and make it in an 8 inch pie plate.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/02/no-bake-caramel-mud-pie-cups/

Want more easy no bake dessert ideas?

Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Ice Cream

Easy Turtle Cheesecake Fudge

Turtle Cheesecake Fudge - easy cheesecake fudge topped with caramel and pecans  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

The holidays are ahead of us.  That means one thing…I want to eat cookies, fudge, popcorn and cheesecake every single day until Christmas.  Who’s with me?  :-)

It would seem that I have a huge sugar problem.

Turtle Cheesecake Fudge 11

My jeans are starting to realize this addiction and are starting to protest a little bit.

I’m pretty sure sweets for dinner isn’t the best idea…especially when it happens on a regular basis.  Given the choice of soup or some sweet yummy dessert, I will choose the dessert every.single.time.  Don’t judge my sweet loving problem.  I can’t be the only one with this affliction.  Please tell me you have been there, done that too :-)

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This fudge was one of those ones that was too good for it’s own good.  I have to sadly admit that I ate my fair share of this one.  I decided it was better if I got rid of this as fast as I could.  It went with us to Thanksgiving, but even there I couldn’t help myself from snagging a piece every time I walked by the dessert table.

This fudge is so perfectly soft.  It isn’t your traditional hard and heavy fudge.  It is actually very soft and light.  Sugar laden, yes, but what fudge isn’t?  The pecans on top help add just a little bit of saltiness to tame the sugar down a bit.

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The idea for this fudge came from a little booth we visited at a craft fair earlier this fall.  I have a confession…I don’t usually buy fudge at places like these. Most times I go in these shops for the free samples and for the fun new ideas.  Last year I found this cappuccino fudge at a fair, and I had to come home and make it in my kitchen.  I may or may not have snapped some pictures of the fudge booth while I was in there scoping out some new ideas.

Just means I have a few more fudge ideas up my sleeves for you in the coming weeks and months :-)  It is becoming one of my favorite things to make!!!  I blame thank Aimee for making me love fudge with pudding in it!

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Here are a few more fudge ideas for your Christmas trays this year:
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Mocha Coconut Fudge from How Sweet Eats
Cinnabon Fudge from Shugary Sweets
Cake Batter Fudge from Topsy Turvy
Mocha Mallow Fudge from BruCrew Life
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Easy Turtle Cheesecake Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: about 49 pieces

Easy Turtle Cheesecake Fudge

Easy fudge recipe made from white chocolate chips and instant cheesecake pudding mix.

Ingredients

3 c. white chocolate chips
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
pinch of salt
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream (fluff)
1 box (3.4 oz) instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/4 c. caramel baking bits
4 tsp. water
1/4 c. chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Combine the chocolate chips, butter, salt, and condensed milk in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the pudding mix and stir until combined. Stir for another minute while the pudding mix dissolves into the mixture. Add in the marshmallow fluff and stir until melted and smooth.
  2. Pour fudge mixture into a wax paper lined 8x8 pan. Refrigerate until set. Remove from refrigerator and cut into small squares.
  3. Combine the caramel and water in a small saucepan. Heat until melted. Cool slightly and drizzle over fudge squares. Sprinkle with pecan chips before the caramel hardens.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/11/easy-turtle-cheesecake-fudge/

 

 

Carrot Cheesecake Muffins – SRC

Today is the Secret Recipe Club reveal day for Group D.
I was assigned  Karen’s blog Lavender and Lovage.
Although we come from completely different backgrounds and cultures,
I felt better connected to her when I read her about me page and learned she has been
interested in food since she was a little girl.
My kids love to see all the pictures I have of me when I was little and baking.
It was fun to read her post’s, and I could feel her food excitement through her words.