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Countdown Cheesecake

 Countdown Cheesecake
Tick-tock...tick-tock...guests will surely count down the minutes until they can dig into this creamy strawberry cheesecake, then ask for seconds.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) spreadable strawberry cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Red decorating gel
  • 1 fresh strawberry, halved

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto
  • the bottom and 1 in up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; cool.
  • In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the
  • whipped topping. Gently spread a third of the filling over crust.
  • Arrange strawberries on top. Spoon remaining filling over berries;
  • smooth top. Refrigerate overnight.
  • With decorating gel, pipe numerals and the minute and hour hands for
  • a clock dial on the cheesecake. Place strawberry halves at the tips
  • of the clock hands. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 301 calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.