White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

My niece requested a cheesecake so I had to make a special one for her and for those of you pondering the idea of what to make for Christmas I think this would be a perfect choice.    I had made a White Chocolate Cheesecake last Christmas with Raspberry swirl in it- though it tasted amazing it didn’t pass as a beauty queen at the table of desserts. haha.  So, I thought I”d go with Cherries and this Cheesecake looks so pretty and I already know from last years White Chocolate that the flavors are amazing. What I love is the flavor play on the crust by adding in finely chopped Pecans to the Graham Cracker Crumbs.   I found this super easy yet tasty recipe at Culinary Net, it is definitely on my repeat list. :))

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Ingredients
  • 9 whole Honey Maid Honey Grahams, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 package (6 ounces) white baking chocolate, divided
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
Preparation
  1. PREHEAT oven to 300°F if using a silver 9-inch springform pan (or to 275°F if using a dark nonstick 9-inch springform pan). Mix graham crumbs, pecans, sugar and butter until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Melt 5 of the chocolate squares as directed on package.
  2. BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, beating until well blended. Add melted chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.
  3. BAKE 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  4. MIX pie filling and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla; spoon over cheesecake. Melt remaining chocolate square as directed on package; drizzle over cherries. Let stand until firm. Cut into 16 slices to serve.
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