November 13, 2010

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 minutes + refrigerating. Bake Time: 55 minutes. Makes: 12 servings.

CRUST

1 cup. chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 12 cookies)
1 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

FILLING

3 pkgs. (8oz. each). Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
16 chocolate sandwich cookies, quartered, divided

CRUST
MIX crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
Bake at 325F. for 10 minutes if using a silver springform pan.
(Bake at 300F. for 10 minutes if using a dark nonstick springform pan).

FILLING
MIX cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs; mix on low speed just until blended. Fold in 12 quartered cookies. Pour over crust. Place remaining cookies on top of batter.

BAKE at 325F. for 50 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set if using a silver springform pan. (Bake at 300F. if using a dark pan.) Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan.
Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

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