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White chocolate macadamia cookie dough cheesecake

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Ric Wasserman

The Butcher Shop

This recipe is for a 10” spring form pan

INGREDIENTS

CRUST

• 2 1/2 cups ground graham crackers

• 1 1/4 stick of butter (salt optional)

• 1 tbsp. vanilla

• 1/4 cup sugar

CHEESECAKE BATTER

• 1 ½ lbs. cream cheese

• 3 cups powdered sugar

• 4 large eggs

• 2 tbsp. vanilla

• 1 lbs. white chocolate macadamia cookie dough (homemade or store bought)

TOPPING

• 3/4 pounds of cream cheese

• 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

• 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1 stick of butter (salt optional)

• 1 tbsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees if using a convection oven, or 300 degrees if using a gas oven. Cook time is approximately one hour.

CRUST

1. In a food processor ground the graham crackers and sugar until fine

2. Chop the butter into small cubes and add to mixture

3. Add the vanilla

4. After the mixture is blended, pour into a well-oiled 10” spring form pan and pat down until evenly formed

CHEESECAKE BATTER

1. Chop the cream cheese into cubes and put into food processor

2. Add the eggs, 3 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of vanilla. Blend until smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into the spring form pan

4. Roll the cookie dough into bite size balls the size of milk balls and place into the cheesecake mixture in a 3-ring pattern, leaving space between rings.

5. After the cookie dough is added, pat down the mixture so the cookie dough is fully covered. The Butcher Shop places their spring form pans into 10” silicone pans for even cooking, but parchment paper surrounded by tinfoil works well. They also use 10” inch silicone rings. Rotate the cheesecake after 30 minutes for even cooking and check for cracks. However, if you do see cracking when using this recipe, don’t worry. The topping you create will cover those cracks.

6. After you remove the cheesecake from the oven, make sure it is firm. Let cool for 1 hour, but it is very important that you do not put it in the refrigerator to cool.

TOPPING

1. Chop 3/4 pounds of cream cheese and put into the food processor

2. Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp. vanilla and 1 stick melted butter. Blend until smooth. It always helps in this part of the process to stop and stir the mixture a couple of times.

3. After the cheesecake has cooled, spread the topping evenly

4. Serve. To get even portions when serving a large amount, The Butcher Shop freezes the cheesecake to make cutting easier.

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