Southern Living DECEMBER 2002
Stir together first 3 ingredients; press mixture into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.
Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Cool.
Beat cream cheese, eggs, and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in 14-ounce package coconut and vanilla. Pour into prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Cover and chill 8 hours. Release sides of springform pan, and place cheesecake on serving platter or cake stand. Spread Fresh Orange Curd evenly over top of cheesecake. Sprinkle 1 cup toasted coconut around outer edge of top, if desired. Arrange Decorated Pastry Strips on sides of cheesecake, if desired. Garnish top of cake, if desired.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Keebler Sandies Almond Shortbread.
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