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Amaretto Cheesecake Recipe

Sometimes the best-loved recipes are the most basic. Just ask my family who raves over this classic cheesecake. It's rich, creamy and versatile to boot! —Barbara Caine, Sussex, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups (8 ounces each) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the Amaretto, extracts and salt. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Let stand for 5 minutes. Combine the sour cream, sugar and almond extract; spread over top of cheesecake. Bake 5 minutes longer.
  • 4. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 632 calories, 43 g fat (27 g saturated fat), 199 mg cholesterol, 423 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.