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Aunt Ruth’s Famous Butterscotch Cheesecake

Aunt Ruth was our nanny when I was little and made this cheesecake often. Since it had to chill overnight, it was torture when my sister and I had to wait until the next day to have a piece. When I visited my old neighborhood and stopped by her house, she offered me a piece of that wonderful cheesecake. I made sure to leave with a copy of the recipe! —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • Whipped cream and crushed butterscotch candies, optional

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the milks and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pudding and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 65-75 minutes or until center is almost 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. Garnish with whipped cream and butterscotch candies if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 473 calories, 30g fat (18g saturated fat), 141mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.
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