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Spiderweb Cheesecake

 Spiderweb Cheesecake
The trick to this tempting treat is pulling a toothpick through rings of melted chocolate to create the web effect. "This no-bake cream cheese pie goes together quickly and tastes delicious," assures Jan White, Plainview, Nebraska. "It's fun to serve, too, because it never fails to draw comments."
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (8 or 9 inches)
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1
  • minute. Heat gelatin; stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat;
  • cool slightly. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until
  • smooth. Gradually beat in cream, vanilla and gelatin mixture until
  • smooth. Pour into crust.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth.
  • Transfer to a heavy-duty resealable bag; cut a small hole in a
  • corner of bag. Pipe a circle of chocolate in center of cheesecake.
  • Pipe evenly spaced thin concentric circles about 1/2 in. apart over
  • filling. Beginning with the center circle, gently pull a toothpick
  • through circles toward outer edge. Wipe toothpick clean. Repeat to
  • complete web pattern. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  • before cutting. Yield: 6-8 servings.