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Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

 Creamy Cherry Cheesecake
The inspiration for me to find this recipe was my husband. He loves cheesecake but was tired of the dry types. Up here, all the wilderness we could ask for is right outside our back door—everything from wolves to caribou!
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling


  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Few drops red food coloring


  • In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients. Press onto the bottom and
  • a third of the way up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan; set
  • aside.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the

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Creamy Cherry Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • eggs, sugar and vanilla; beat just until smooth. Pour into prepared
  • crust. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 15
  • minutes. Increase temperature to 450°.
  • Meanwhile, combine sour cream topping ingredients. Spread over
  • filling. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool at room temperature; cover and
  • chill 12 hours.
  • For cherry topping, drain cherries, reserving juice. Set cherries
  • aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cherry
  • juice until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes
  • or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice, food
  • coloring and reserved cherries. Cool for 5 minutes. Spread over
  • cheesecake; chill several hours. Just before serving, remove sides
  • of pan. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 408 calories, 21 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.