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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: COUNTDOWN CHEESECAKE RECIPE!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

COUNTDOWN CHEESECAKE RECIPE!

   Tick-tock...tick-tock...guests will surely count down the minutes until they can dig into this creamy strawberry cheesecake, then ask for seconds.



Countdown Cheesecake Recipe





  • 8-10 Servings



  • Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling



  • 20 10 30

    Ingredients

    • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted

    • FILLING:
    • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) spreadable strawberry cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
    • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
    • Red decorating gel
    • 1 fresh strawberry, halved

    Directions

    • In a bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; cool.
    • In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Gently spread a third of the filling over crust. Arrange strawberries on top. Spoon remaining filling over berries; smooth top. Refrigerate overnight.
    • With decorating gel, pipe numerals and the minute and hour hands for a clock dial on the cheesecake. Place strawberry halves at the tips of the clock hands.
    • Yield: 8-10 servings.

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