Spiced Eggnog Cheesecake

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Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups prepared eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • Optional garnishes: 6 ounces white baking chocolate, pinch ground nutmeg

Crust

  • 1 cup Graham cracker crumbs (about 8 whole Graham crackers, crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare crust. Leave oven on.
  3. Cheesecake Filling: Beat cream cheese in medium-size bowl until smooth.
  4. In small bowl, mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Add to cream cheese; beat until smooth.
  5. Beat in egg.
  6. Add eggnog in slow stream, beating continuously.
  7. Beat in vanilla extract.
  8. Pour filling onto crust in pan; tap pan lightly to release air bubbles.
  9. Bake in preheated oven 1 hour.
  10. Remove from oven; spread sour cream over top of cake.
  11. Bake 5 minutes longer.
  12. Cool in pan on rack until cake is cool to touch. Refrigerate until serving.
  13. To prepare garnish, line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on both ends.
  14. Melt chocolate in top of double boiler over barely simmering, not boiling, water, stirring until smooth.
  15. Stir in nutmeg.
  16. Pour chocolate into pan, spreading evenly.
  17. Refrigerate until firm.
  18. Lift foil out of pan to remove chocolate bar. Using vegetable peeler, scrape chocolate to make loose curls. Arrange curls on top of cake.
  19. Crust: Combine crumbs, sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter in a small bowl until well blended. Press over bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  20. Bake 10 minutes.
  21. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Source: Family Circle Best-Ever Cakes & Cookies