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Lavender Brownie Cheesecake

 Lavender Brownie Cheesecake
This cheesecake is one of the most decorative I have ever made. It is so pretty with lavender flowerettes on top. If you serve this to guests, they will sure be impressed.—Peggy Armstrong, Buhl, Idaho
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers, ground
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lavender buds, optional

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool
  • slightly. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and cooled
  • chocolate mixture. Combine flour and salt; stir into chocolate
  • mixture. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a
  • baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool

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Lavender Brownie Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs;
  • beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in sour cream, vanilla
  • and lavender just until blended. Pour over brownie crust.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in.
  • square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a larger baking
  • pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or
  • until center is just set. Remove springform pan from water bath.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around
  • edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • Chill for 3-4 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Combine sour
  • cream and sugar; spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Garnish with
  • lavender if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 361 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 143 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.