Paula's NY Cheesecake

Total Time:
13 hr 10 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
12 hr
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Chocolate glaze, for serving, recipe follows
  • Cherries, for serving
  • Whipped cream and/or powdered sugar, for serving
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
Filling:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust:
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and butter. Mix well and place in the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform cake pan. Make sure to press against the sides and bottom of the pan. Place into oven and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Filling:
  • Prepare the filling by beating cream cheese. Mix in sugar and vanilla while beating until well blended. Add in eggs and combine. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight.

  • When ready to serve, top with chocolate glaze, cherries, whipped cream and or powdered sugar.

Chocolate Glaze:
  • In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Add chocolate to the butter. Whisk in sugar, whipping cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until combined. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes while whisking constantly.

  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings


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