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Orange Chip Cheesecake

 Orange Chip Cheesecake
I love to adapt and mix recipes, which led to the creation of this creamy treat many years ago. It came to mind immediately when I was planning the orange theme menu. In this case, the distinctive citrus flavor is complemented by chocolate! —Susan West North Grafton, Massachusetts
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3/4 to 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate crumb or graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • Additional chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs,
  • beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in salt and orange
  • extract just until blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour filling
  • over crust. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until center is
  • almost set. Remove from the oven; increase temperature to 425°.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread
  • over cheesecake. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 15
  • minutes. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, garnish with
  • oranges and additional chocolate chips. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 519 calories, 33 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 417 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.