Take the beloved Girl Scouts cookie to the next level with this chocolate and shortbread crust cheesecake, topped with toasted coconut and caramel.
- 15 Oreo cookies
- 15 shortbread cookies
- 6 tbs melted butter, divided
- 3 bricks of cream cheese, room temperature (8 oz each)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp coconut extract (Optional but tasty)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup caramel dipping sauce, divided
- 2 oz dark chocolate, shaved
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and place the rack in the bottom third of the oven. Lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch springform pan. To ensure there aren't any leaks, line the bottom with parchment paper or wrap the outside with foil.
- In a food processor, process the cookies in batches until they form crumbs. Alternatively, you could use a mallet and a sealable plastic bag for this step if you've got some anger you want to work out.
- Combine the Oreo crumbs with 3 tbs melted butter, then press into the bottom of the pan. Repeat with the shortbread cookies. Set aside.
- Beat cream cheese, sugars, and extracts until smooth and combined. Add eggs one at at time, then mix until just blended. Pour onto crust.
- Bake until center is almost set, about an hour. Remove from oven, then use a butter knife to loosen the cake from the pan, but let cool completely before removing rim.
- Once the cheesecake is cooling, prepare the topping.
- Heat the oven to 350 F then spread the coconut out on a baking sheet with parchment paper in a single layer, then bake to lightly toast, about 6 minutes. Stir then bake another 3 to 4 minutes.
- Transfer the coconut to a mixing bowl, then add 3/4 cup caramel. Stir to evenly combine, then scoop onto the chilled cheesecake. It'll be thick, but do your best to spread it over the top.
- Sprinkle on the dark chocolate shavings, then drizzle on the remaining caramel sauce. Enjoy right away, but leftovers can be kept for up to 5 days in the fridge.
An optional but very tasty variation could be to add some chopped nuts like pecans or almonds to the top.