Heavenly Cheesecake

A prized cheesecake recipe, this one will please even the fussiest guest! For festive touches, see Tips from the Kitchens below the recipe.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 55 min
  • Servings 16

1
cup vanilla wafer, chocolate wafer, graham cracker or gingersnap cookie crumbs
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3
packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup sugar
3
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
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

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Mix cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press evenly in bottom of springform pan, 10x3 or 9x3 inches. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • 2 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, melted baking chips and half-and-half until blended. Pour over crust; smooth top.
  • 3 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.

Expert Tips

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.

Don’t have a springform pan? Make and bake this recipe in a 13x9x2-inch rectangular pan. Cut the cheesecake into squares, or cut with cookie cutters in holiday shapes. Miniature cookie cutters make mini-cheesecakes, the perfect size for placing on cookie plates.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
345
(
Calories from Fat
225 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25 g
25 %
(Saturated Fat
15 g,
15 %
),
Cholesterol
95 mg
95 %;
Sodium
190 mg
190 %;
Total Carbohydrate
24 g
24 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
6 g
6 %
;
% 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.