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Piña Colada Cheesecake

Prep time 24 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Other time 9 hrs
Yield Makes 12 servings
With a creamy, soft-whipped texture and a touch of rum, this cheesecake takes on the characteristics of a frothy, cold piña colada. So pick up your fork, not your straw, and indulge in this tropical treat.

Ingredients

  • 33 shortbread cookies (2 cups crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (10-ounce) can frozen piña colada mix concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans crushed pineapple in juice, drained and patted dry
  • Rum-Spiked Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup coconut, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Process shortbread cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Add butter; pulse 3 or 4 times or until blended. Press firmly into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in piña colada mix and coconut extract. Pour into prepared crust.

  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door closed, 1 hour. Remove from oven, and run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Sprinkle pineapple evenly over cheesecake. Spread Rum-Spiked Whipped Cream over pineapple; sprinkle with coconut. Store in refrigerator.

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