Cookie Dough + Cheesecake = ?
September 3, 2012 5:28 AM Subscribe
I need to create a cookie dough cheesecake with an American theme - help?
So, a group of friends and I have created a 'Cheesecake Club' where we meet on a monthly basis and each bring along a cheesecake based around a specific theme.
We then get to sit around and eat five cheesecakes. August's theme was 'Indulgence' and I made a truly kick-ass baked white chocolate and Baileys cheesecake. However, September's theme is 'American' and I'm a little stuck.
I have a perfect biscuit base, on top of which I am adding a 1/2 inch layer of home-made (egg free) chocolate chip cookie dough that is just perfection. This layer doesn't really 'bake' and remains fudge-y and unf and guh.
Now, for the topping... I'm thinking something very light and creamy and perhaps even a little bland to balance the stodgy base/cookie dough. I have an ordinary, baked cheesecake recipe which is plain enough, but has quite a bit of lemon zest. I am unsure whether lemon would complement my cookie dough, or just be kinda too sour and weird? Replace lemon with vanilla? Having the topping flecked with vanilla seeds might be nice.
I've tried to think of other complementary combinations for the topping: a white chocolate chip (or is that too much chocolate chip-ness going on and finding 'bits' in the creamy part of a cheesecake is ick?). I've heard of adding egg whites to lighten things up. I was also thinking an 'ice-cream' type topping, but wouldn't know how to work that - add lots of cream and icing sugar to the cream cheese? Someone is already doing a blueberry pie cheesecake and another is making a Mississippi mud cheesecake, so I plan to really own the cookie dough element. Plus, 'cookie dough ice-cream cheesecake' sounds pretty amazing.
Googling 'cookie dough cheesecake' seems to focus more on having the cookie dough in balls or as an adornment/afterthought, rather than as a layer in the cake. So if anybody has any ideas at all, I'd be more than grateful!