Garnish: fresh raspberries or White Chocolate Snowflake
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°. Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press mixture on bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Microwave chocolate and cream at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, beating just until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, beating just until blended. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or just until center is set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
Remove sides of pan, and place cheesecake on a serving plate. Slowly pour warm Ganache Topping over cheesecake, spreading to edges. Chill 1 hour before serving. Garnish, if desired.
I was in charge of dessert for New Year's Eve, and this was a HIT! I found the cookies in the Keebler section, right next to the Pecan Sandies. This recipe takes some time, but it was worth it. I passed on the snowflake, and instead placed each piece on a swirl of raspberry sauce. Delicious! One small hint: put only half of the ganache on, refrigerate the rest and swirl that on top. It's easier to work with when cooled. I will definitely make this again! I agree with the other reviewer - this is very rich, so a small piece is all you need. This will serve a large group!
Had no trouble finding the cookies at Publix. My white chocolate snowflake was a total failure, but I attribute that to user error.
The cheesecake is delicious, but it was insanely rich. 4 adults ate less than 1/4, and none of us finished our slices. Serves much more than 10.
Okay - a little confused: It calls for 2 (4 oz) chocolate bars - I wasn't sure if it was a total of 4 oz. or a total of 8 so I erred on the light side and only used 4 oz. Methinks it won't be as chocolate rich as it should be, more like a light chocolate flavor? Well, we will see if it is still good! Wish me luck!!!
Haven't made this yet because I'm confused.....lol. Do the chocolate bars and cream get mixed in with the cream cheese mixture and that gets poured on the crust? If so, where does the icing come from ( ganache ) ? Thank you!
This was absolutely fantastic! For the crust we did a combination of shortbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies because my daughter said she did not like almonds or dark chocolate, lol. But other than we did everything the same. I will definitely make it again.
This was fantastic! I had to go to two supermarkets to find the cookies. Also, I added an airplane-size bottle of kaluha to the ganache. Very rich and serves more than ten for sure. I didn't do the snowflake because it is July, but just the plain ganache was great. Took to a dinner party and it was a hit!