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Maple-Nut Cheesecake

To vary this delicious cheesecake, add cherries to the top, or swirl raspberry jam throughout before it’s baked. —Wendy Paffenroth, Pine Island, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • Melted chocolate, optional

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cracker crumbs, walnuts and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the maple flavoring, extract and lemon zest. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove rim from pan. If desired, drizzle cheesecake with melted chocolate.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 434 calories, 35g fat (20g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.
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