New York Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake
Servings: 16 Prep 15 mins Chill 12 hrs or overnight Bake 350°F 50 mins

Ingredients

Chocolate Pecan Crust:
  • 10 rectangular chocolate graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup ground pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Filling:
  • 4 8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Garnish (optional):
  • Whole strawberries and fresh mint sprigs
  • Whole strawberries and fresh mint sprigs

Make It

Prepare crust:

1. Place graham crackers in large plastic food-storage bag. Finely crush with rolling pin. Place in bowl. Add pecans, sugar and cinnamon; stir to mix well. Add butter; mix until well blended.

2. Scatter crumb mixture over bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Cover with plastic wrap; press evenly over bottom and up sides of pan. Refrigerate pan until ready to use.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare filling:

4. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer, or in food processor, until well blended and smooth. Gradually beat in sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon juice and vanilla; beat until blended. Pour cheese filling evenly into crust-lined pan.

5. Bake cheesecake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until the center is just set. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours or overnight.

6. To serve, remove side of pan. Cut into wedges. Garnish with whole strawberries and fresh mint sprigs if desired. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 402, Fat, total (g): 31, chol. (mg): 127, sat. fat (g): 16, carb. (g): 27, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 7, sodium (mg): 220, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.