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Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe
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Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

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Festive and oh-so-good, this cheesecake will become a fixture on your Christmas dessert menu. The red velvet filling is spiked with cocoa, topped with cream cheese frosting, and baked in a chocolate cookie crumb crust. —Karen Dively, Chapin, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 17 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 463 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, buttermilk, cocoa and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in food coloring. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  4. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. 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. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Red Velvet Cheesecake in Country Woman December/January 2012, p42

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 463 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 131 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Reviews for Red Velvet Cheesecake

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

This would make an excellent **celebration dessert**. Veryimpressive!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

I have made Red Velvet Cheesecakes for years. To simplify process, I use the ready made Oreo Keebler pie crust-gives this cheesecake the perfect balance. Also, after adding the topping, I sprinkle chopped pecans over it. This is a very good holiday pie or for a special gathering. Ncann

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

I saw your recipe earlier this year and couldn't print it. When I finally got a new printer ...I couldn't find your recipe again. Where can I find your recipe? I typed in red velvet cheesecake  in TOH but your beautiful recipe didn't come up. It is such a pretty one. I'd love to make it for my daughter's birthday. Cheers, Pam

 

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

With regard to those who had a soggy crust as a result, my thoughts are that the 'crushed' cookie should NOT have the cream filled center in it. I remove mine in all recipes before baking a crust. It is full of lard, which in my opinion, the result would be a soggy crust. Also; the amount of the food coloring is a bit much, so I cut back on mine and continued to add until I had the color I wanted. Hope this helps any who were discouraged and maybe you'll try it again. ;-) SSS

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

This recipe is very delicious. Everyone said how good it was. The one thing that I don't like about it is that it is too soft. I follow the recipe exactly as it is written and the crust was soggy and the cake was to soft, even after being refrigerated over night. In the picture the cheesecake appears to be firm. Is there something that I not doing?

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