A prized cheesecake, this one will please even the fussiest guest!
1 cup vanilla wafer, chocolate wafer, Graham cracker or gingersnap cookie crumbs
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag (12 ounces) white baking chips, (2 cups), melted
1/2 cup half-and-half
Cut-up fresh strawberries, if desired
Fresh mint leaf, if desired
Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
Mix cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press evenly in bottom of springform
pan, 10 x 3 or 9 x 3 inches. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Gradually beat in sugar until smooth.
Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla extract, melted baking chips and
half-and-half until blended.
Pour over crust; smooth top.
Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until center is set; cool 15 minutes.
Run metal spatula around side of cheesecake to loosen.
Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours, but no longer than 48 hours.
Remove side of pan. Top cheesecake with strawberries. Garnish with mint leaves.
Store covered in refrigerator.
Yield: 16 servings
Variation: If you're a baker who likes
to add your own touch, try stirring in 1/2 cup of these favorites: miniature semisweet
chocolate chips; chopped candied fruits; chopped dried cranberries or dried cherries;
chopped hazelnuts or pecans; or crushed hard peppermint candies.
How-To: Don't have
a springform pan? Make and bake this recipe in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch rectangular pan.
Cut the cheesecake into squares, or cut with cookie cutters in holiday shapes. Miniature
cookie cutters make mini-cheese the perfect size for placing on cookie plates.
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 345 (Calories from Fat 225 );
Total Fat 25 g (Saturated Fat 15 g); Cholesterol 95 mg; Sodium 190 mg; Total Carbohydrate
24 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 6 g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 14 %; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8 %; Iron 4 %
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 5 Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reprinted with permission from
Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.