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Heavenly Cheesecake

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Heavenly Cheesecake
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 9 hr 55 min
  • Servings 16
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A prized cheesecake recipe, this one will please even the fussiest guest! For festive touches, see Tips from the Kitchens below the recipe.
Updated Jul 5, 2006

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    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

345 Calories, 25 g Total Fat, 6 g Protein, 24 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
345
Calories from Fat
225
Total Fat
25 g
Saturated Fat
15 g
Cholesterol
95 mg
Sodium
190 mg
Potassium
130 mg
Total Carbohydrate
24 g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
6 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
14%
14%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 5 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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