Monday, July 30, 2012

National Cheese Cake Day

Today is National Cheese Cake day.  In celebration and just for fun, I’m sharing cheese cake on a stick.  This is a very simple cheese cake recipe, but you can turn it into a party by putting it on a stick and dipping it in chocolate or you can just make the cheese cake for a great dessert maybe topping it with some fresh raspberries or strawberries. 

Chocolate Cheese Cake

24 crushed Oreo Cookies, crushed (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup  (1/2 stick) melted butter 
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) softened cream cheese
1 cup  sugar
2 tbs. flour
1 tsp.  vanilla
1 pkg. (8 squares) melted semi-sweet chocolate
4   eggs

1 package of chocolate chips
1 package of white chocolate chips
Assorted topping of nuts and sprinkles  

Heat your oven to 325ºF.
Mix the Oreos crumbs and melted butter to make the crust.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of 13 x 9 inch foil lined pan or a round cheese cake pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla with a mixer until it is well blended. Add slightly cooled chocolate and mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
When baking a cheese cake always put your pan in a water bath to prevent the cheese cake from cracking.  If you are using a cheese cake form pan, make sure you line it with aluminum foil to prevent water from linking into the cake.
Bake for 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil to lift cheesecake from pan to cut it into small pieces.  Place a stick in each piece of cake and freeze them to make the dipping process easier.
Melt your favorite chocolate chips and dip the pieces until fully coated and place them on parchment paper to harden.  Melt white chocolate chips.  Put in a small baggie and drizzle the white chocolate over the pieces or while the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle it with nuts or colored sprinkles.  

Have a great National Cheese Cake Day!  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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