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White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake

Prep time 22 mins
Cook time 58 mins
Other time 8 hrs
Yield Makes 12 servings
Raspberry preserves and syrup combine to make a luscious, spreadable raspberry layer in this cheesecake.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) white chocolate morsels
  • 5 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup raspberry preserves
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup*
  • Garnish: white chocolate curls*

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients; press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes; cool slightly.

  2. Place chocolate morsels in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts. Cool slightly.

  3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add melted chocolate, beating well.

  4. Combine raspberry preserves and raspberry syrup in a small bowl; stir well.

  5. Spoon half of cream cheese batter into prepared crust; spread half of raspberry mixture over batter, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Spoon remaining cream cheese batter around edges of pan, spreading towards the center. Cover remaining raspberry mixture and chill.

  6. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until cheesecake is just set and slightly browned. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

  7. Run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Pour remaining raspberry mixture on top of cheesecake, leaving a 1-inch border. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

  8. *If you can't find raspberry syrup in your grocery store, use 3/4 cup raspberry preserves, and heat in microwave until preserves melt.

  9. *To make curls out of white chocolate baking squares, pull a vegetable peeler along the narrow edge of each square.

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