I have a confession.

I don’t do Easter baskets. We just never have!

It’s not like my kids suffer or anything.  I mean I do make cakes and sweet treats 300 days of the year.

When we ended up coming home with huge bags of candy anyway, I decided to do something different with it.  Instead of the bags sitting in the kids room and them munching on it whenever they wanted, I made a cheesecake.

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Not just any old cheesecake, but one with EVERYTHING in it.  All the candy.  Well, all the chocolate candy. (The sweet tarts and other candy are safety tucked away in a drawer.)

The recipe was easy enough.  I was inspired by the recipe for Snickers Cheesecake as well as finding this Caramel Cookie Cheesecake recipe on Real Simple.

Easter "Dump" Cheesecake #cheesecake #candybarcheesecake #eastercandyideas

Easter "Dump" Cheesecake #cheesecake #candybarcheesecake #eastercandyideas

 

I left some bars whole (didn’t chop) and then threw them on top.

Now let me tell you why this worked well for us.

The kids were NOT happy when I told them I was confiscating their candy for a cheesecake.  After they saw it, saw all the candy bars and mini eggs and Oreo crust, they were more than satisfied.  They got a decadent dose of candy once, we dealt with the sugar high, and now it’s over.

Well.  Mostly.

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There might be a couple pieces left for me.

Easter "Dump" Cheesecake #cheesecake #candybarcheesecake #eastercandyideas

Easter “Dump” Cheesecake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
When we ended up coming home with huge bags of candy anyway, I decided to do something different with it. Instead of the bags sitting in the kids room and them munching on it whenever they wanted, I made a cheesecake.

Ingredients

  • 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 c of candy bars chopped
  • 1 8-inch chocolate cookie piecrust
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter

Instructions

  • Place cream cheese into bowl of stand mixer. Mix on medium-low speed for 30 seconds. Add in sugar and eggs and beat until smooth.
  • Remove bowl from stand and stir in chopped candy bars.
  • In a small bowl combine the Oreo pie crusts and the butter gently with a fork.
  • Prepare a 6-inch spring-form pan and then press the Oreo mixture into the pan and up the sides.
  • Pour the filling into the pan and bake until set, 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees.
  • Set the pie on a wire rack and let it cool completely. (at least 4 hours)
  • Cover cheesecake in any remaining candy and serve.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. And the best use of Easter candy award goes too… Amanda!!! The only thing I love more than this cheesecake is its name. 😉

  2. Can you believe I literally had one — ONE — Reese’s peanut butter egg for Easter candy this year? So sad. Must make up for it by devouring this cheesecake. 😉

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