Heavenly Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla wafer, chocolate wafer, graham cracker or gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) white baking chips, (2 cups), melted
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Cut-up fresh strawberries, if desired
  • Fresh mint leaf, if desired

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 325°F. Mix cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press evenly in bottom of springform pan, 10x3 or 9x3 inches. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

2 _ Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla, melted baking chips and half-and-half until blended. Pour over crust; smooth top.

3 _ Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until center is set; cool 15 minutes. Run metal spatula around side of cheesecake to loosen. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours, but no longer than 48 hours. Remove side of pan. Top cheesecake with strawberries. Garnish with mint leaves. Store covered in refrigerator.

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