COOKIE DOUGH CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS

For the Cookie dough:
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
For the Oreo Crust:
24 Oreo cookies-finely crushed
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup sour cream
1 cup mini chocolate chips
For topping:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
⅔ cup heavy cream
Mini chocolate chips, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

To make cookie dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, sugar, add milk, vanilla, salt and flour and beat until well combined
Fold in chocolate chips
Gently roll the dough into small teaspoons size balls and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet

Place them in the freezer to harden while making the rest of the cheesecake
To make crust:
Finely crush the cookies in food processor, add melted butter and blend until it is all moistened
Press into the bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan
To make cheesecake:
In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar and beat until smooth
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
Add flour, vanilla, sour cream and mix just until blended
Stir in chocolate chips
Put cookie dough balls over crust (separate 10-12 cookie dough balls for garnish), and carefully pour cheesecake filling evenly over cookie dough balls, adjusting the filling so that the cookie dough balls are completely covered
Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the center is still slightly jiggly, but almost set
Allow to cool completely
Remove cheesecake from springform pan to a serving plate

To make topping:
Microwave the 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream for about 30 seconds, or until melted and smooth
Pour the topping over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips
Fill in the top of the cake with cookie dough balls and drizzle with chocolate sauce, if desired
Cut and serve.