Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Definitive Cheesecake

I love to bake, so when birthdays roll around I enjoy making the birthday boy's (I'm the only girl here, and I don't bake for myself!) favorite cake. In my husband's case, that would be cheesecake, bar-none. Well, I've tried many recipes through the years, most of which have been fine, even "mmm, that's good", but not "wow... that recipe is a keeper!" Until this time. Finally I chanced upon a recipe out of Taste of Home magazine that is THE cheesecake that I will, without doubt, make again. And again! No need to search the recipe files anymore for the best cheesecake recipe--I found it.

Following is the recipe as written. I did make a couple of minor alterations. At the last minute (too late) I realized I did not have mini-chocolate chips for the filling, so I simply left them out. It was so good, I would leave them out next time. We thought the crust provided plenty of chocolate chip flavor. The only other alteration I made was with the garnish. I chose not to place crumbled cookies on top; instead, just before serving I drizzled warmed hot fudge sauce on top. Delicious and nice looking too.

One more thing this recipe has going for it: the top didn't split during baking as so many recipes I've tried before. It was beautiful coming out of the oven.

And so (without apologies for the fat content!) I give you the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake. Cheesecake lovers, bake this one with confidence!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake

CRUST:

  • 2 cups chocolate chip cookie crumbs (about 28 cookies) - I used Chunky Chips Ahoy
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
FILLING:
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
TOPPING:
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chip cookie crumbs

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.

In another large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add flour; mix well. Add eggs and egg yolks; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in sour cream, orange peel and vanilla just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325° for 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over filling. Return to the oven for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with cookie crumbs. Yield: 12-14 servings.

4 comments:

cmziall said...

This sounds wonderful! I've been lurking ocassionally on your blog since I've seen your comments on St. Louis Catholic and then I realized who you were! I met you

BTW, we just picked up the Phantom Tollbooth from the library and started reading it last week. Thanks for the suggestion!

I'll have to send you my cheesecake recipe. . .a friend gave it to me and everyone always rants and raves about it.

God bless!
Michelle

HSMom said...

Welcome, Michelle!

Umm... have we met? Or did you just mean over at St. Louis Catholic, Blogosphere, USA?? ;-) I'm not sure if you meant to write more on the end of your first paragraph.

I'd love your cheesecake recipe, thanks!

God bless, and do enjoy that zany land of Dictionopolis!

cmziall said...

Ooops, somehow I must've deleted my last words of that first paragraph! :-p

I met you on the Ecclesia Domestica Retreat and I also spoke with you at the Advent by Candlelight at the end when I was telling you about a fellow homeschooler that has MS.

Well, some time when I have some spare time ;) I'll type up that cheesecake recipe and send it on over.

God bless!
Michelle

HSMom said...

Oh, now I know you!! :) So glad you popped in here!