Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week 41: Chocolate Chip-Cookie Dough Cheesecake

My daughter arrived home for fall break last night.  I don't remember having a fall break when I was in college; but whoever had this wonderful idea - I am most thankful.  Our house is alive with the sound of laughter and stories upon stories as Bethany and her two dear friends who drove home with her sit around our table sipping hot tea and eating cake number 41.  When I found this recipe I knew it would be the perfect cake to make for Bethany and friends.

While we were waiting for the girls to arrive last night, David enjoyed a piece of the cake and said it was the best cheesecake he has ever had.  The girls have all said the same.  Not only does the cheesecake have three bars of cream cheese and two kinds of sugar; but it also has an entire roll of cookie dough.  The cookie dough bakes into the cheesecake making a wonderfully, delicious cake.

Chocolate Chip-Cookie Dough Cheesecake
(Source: Better Homes and Garden 2012 Holiday Baking Magazine)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9 inch springform pan.

  You may use regular graham cracker crumbs, crushed Oreos or chocolate graham cracker crumbs.  For this cake I used chocolate graham cracker crumbs.

2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons melted butter

Combine all ingredients and press into your springform pan.

Cake Batter:

3  8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, flour and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.  Beat in milk until smooth.  Stir in eggs.
Pour half of the cream cheese mixture into a crust-lined pan, spreading evenly.  Gently drop half of the cookie dough by teaspoons onto cream cheese mixture in pan.

Repeat with the remaining cream cheese mixture and the remaining cookie dough.  Poke dough down just below the surface.  Sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan.  Bake for 60-65 minutes.  Cool on cooling rack. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Happy Baking!

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