White Chocolate Cheesecake

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What isn’t there to like about cheesecake? It’s brilliant! I can see why they would name the restaurant “Cheesecake Factory.” The word “store” or “restaurant” just doesn’t cut it when talking about cheesecake. No. It’s got to be a FACTORY!! You know that I’m picturing a glorious warehouse space filled with everything cheesecake: creamy, fruity, smooth, dreamy. Shiny conveyer belts hauling beautiful cheesecakes, music playing, sunshine streaming . . . a magical place. Think Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Someday I’ll get a golden ticket . . . . A girl can dream, right? Until then, I eat cheesecake. Wonderful, white chocolate cheesecake.

 

Crust:

1/4 c sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 t vanilla

1 c flour

 

Filling:

2 pkg. 8-oz. cream cheese, softened

1/4 c sugar

1 t vanilla

6 1-oz. squares white chocolate, melted, slightly cooled

2 eggs

 

Topping:

1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert

2 cups raspberries

 

For crust: Beat sugar, butter and vanilla with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, mixing on low speed until well blended after each addition. Press onto bottom of four mini springform pans*; prick with fork. Bake at 325 for 17-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

 

For filling: beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add chocolate. Mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

 

Bake at 325 for 25-27 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.

 

About an hour before serving, cook Danish Dessert according to package directions, using 2 1/2 cups water. Cover top layer with saran wrap. Cool to room temperature. Add 2 cups frozen raspberries. Serve over cold cheesecake.

 

*Can be baked in regular springform pan. Just double filling recipe. Bake crust for 25 minutes. Bake cheesecake for 55-60 minutes.

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