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Amazing cheesecake recipe needed- something a little different

I just had a delicous cheescake at Thanksgiving that had a chocolate wafer crust witha caramel pecan topping, so yummy and a real hit. Unfortunately, the person who made it accidentally threw the recipe out. So, I am looking for a great recipe for any kind of cheesecake that will be a hit for Christmas party. Would even entertain a ricotta one. Just something that is not so plain. Any stand out recipes you make and love?

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  1. Below this thread are numerous links to other threads for cheesecake recipes - I'm sure there are some amazing recipes there. And here is a wonderful pina colada cheesecake, though maybe more of a summer dessert than Christmastime.

    Pina Colada Cheesecake
    Serves 16

    This tropical twist on old-fashioned cheesecake is always a hit.

    For the crust
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    1/3 cup melted butter

    For the filling
    1 ½ pounds cream cheese, softened
    4 eggs
    2/3 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons dark rum
    1 cup sour cream
    ¾ cup cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
    2/3 cup well-drained crushed pineapple (about one 19-oz can)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. To make the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs and coconut with melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a 10-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside to cook while you make the filling.
    3. To make the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating until blended. Mix in rum, sour cream, cream of coconut, and well-drained pineapple.
    4. Spread evenly on prepared crust and bake about 50 to 60 minutes on middle rack of preheated oven, until edges are set and center moves just slightly when you shake the pan.
    5. Run a knife around the inside edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until well chilled. Remove from spring form pan before serving.

    Tips
    • Garnish the cheesecake with slices of tropical fruit, such as fresh pineapple or mango.
    • Don’t confuse cream of coconut with coconut milk or coconut cream. Used to make drinks such as pina coladas and desserts, cream of coconut is thick, syrupy, heavily sweetened coconut milk. Coco Lopez in one popular brand.

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    1. re: janniecooks

      I first made this when I was about 19 and young married and foolish.
      Gad it was good.
      Back in the day, Pina Colada's were all the rage

    2. I'm giving you my top two that I created for past recipe contests..Both are delicious...Don't be afraid of the lavender in the Orange Lavender cheesecake; it just adds a hint and balances well with the orange. You can leave the white chocolate out if you don't like it or make it dark/bittersweet for a variation

      White Chocolate Orange Lavender Cheesecake
      2 cups White Chocolate Chips, melted & cooled
      CRUST
      2 1/4 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
      1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
      1 teaspoon culinary lavender, ground
      1/4 cup melted butter
      CHEESECAKE FILLING
      4 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
      1 cup sour cream
      1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
      5 eggs
      2 tablespoons Grand Mariner or other orange flavored liquor
      1/4 cup milk
      1/4 cup all purpose flour
      2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
      2 teaspoons culinary lavender, ground
      Garnish:
      1 large orange
      1 cup shaved white chocolate curls
      Small bunch edible lavender
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the outside of a 10 inch spring form pan with heavy foil wrap; set aside. Add the white chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler and heat over simmering water, stirring until melted. Remove chocolate from heat and cool. Make the crust by placing cookie crumbs, orange zest and one teaspoon lavender in blender and grind for 10 seconds. Mix crumbs with melted butter and pat mixture into bottom and sides of prepared pan.

      In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, sour cream and sugar for two minutes using low speed of mixer. Add eggs, one at a time while continuing to beat. Increase speed to medium and then add the Grand Mariner or other orange flavored liquor, milk, flour, orange zest, lavender and melted white chocolate; Beat until well blended. Pour into prepared pan then place pan into a baking dish filled with 2 cups hot water. Place dish on middle rack of oven and bake for one hour then turn oven off and allow cake to sit in oven with door closed for another 15 minutes.

      Remove cake from oven and remove from water. Allow to cool at room temperature for 20 minutes then refrigerate until completely cooled. When ready to serve, carefully loosen and remove sides and bottom of pan, placing cake onto a serving pedestal or other serving dish. Cut cake into serving portions and garnish with thinly sliced oranges and shaved white chocolate curls. Place a small bunch of fresh lavender in center of cake, if desired. Makes 12 servings

      Double Cocoa Nib Espresso Cheesecake
      Crust:
      1 ½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs
      ¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder
      2 tablespoons granulated sugar
      ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted & cooled
      Filling:
      4-8oz. Packages cream cheese, softened

      1 cup sour cream
      6 oz. Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs 68% Cacao, melted & cooled
      2 oz. unsweetened cocoa
      1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
      5 eggs, room temperature

      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
      1 tablespoon all purpose flour
      ¼ cup half & half
      1 cup coffee flavored liqueur
      1 tablespoon half & half
      Garnish:
      1 cup heavy cream
      2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
      3 oz. Dark Chocolate with cocoa Nibs 68% Cacao, chopped
      12 Chocolate covered espresso beans

      Preheat oven to 350F. Degrees. Wrap the outside bottom and sides of a 10 inch spring form pan with heavy foil; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the vanilla wafer crumbs, espresso powder, sugar and melted butter or margarine. Pat mixture into bottom and sides of prepared pan.

      In a large mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese, sour cream, melted chocolate, cocoa, and sugar; add the eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Turn mixer off and scrape down bowl, then add the vanilla extract, espresso powder, flour and half & half. Beat until well blended then pour into prepared crust. Place spring form pan into a larger pan half filled with hot water. Bake for one hour then remove turn oven off and allow to sit in oven with the door closed for 20 minutes. Remove cake from oven and remove from water bath; cool for 15 minutes then refrigerate to cool completely.

      Meanwhile, add the coffee flavored liqueur and half & half to a small saucepan, bring to a low simmer and reduce until mixture is about half original amount or ½ cup. Set aside to cool completely. In a medium bowl, add the heavy cream and confectioner’s sugar. Beat together with a mixer on medium high speed until cream forms stiff peaks.

      Carefully remove cheesecake from pan and, placing onto a serving plate, drizzle top with the reduced coffee syrup (warming slightly if necessary to restore consistency). Garnish with spoonfuls of whipped cream, chopped chocolate & espresso beans. Makes 10-12 servings.

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        I know this is old, but I wanted to let you know -- made the lavendar one for Easter and people thought I was Jesus come to earth. Fantastic. Thanks so much.

        1. re: Cherylptw

          Cheryl, this is gonna sound dumb but I don't know the answer to my inquiry.
          I have 5 different varieties of lavender in the yard. All beautiful, all fragrant.
          Can I dry then use any of them or does it have to be culinary lavender?
          TIA

            1. re: iL Divo

              I don't consider any question dumb, asking is how we learn:) About the lavender, it is my understanding that English Lavender and Provence Lavender (a hybrid between Mediterranean & English Lavender) is what's used for cooking purposes. The other varieties are used for scents in soap, perfume etc. making and yes, you can dry any of them.

              Here's an organic lavender site to get more info: http://www.lavenderfarms.net/hoodrive...

              Hope that helps!

          1. Caramel macchiato (I use a chocolate crust w/ espresso powder):

            http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-...

            Dulce de leche cheesecake. I wing it and reserve a cup or so of batter, mix w/ dulce de leche and dollop back in and swirl. Then use reserved dulce de leche to drizzle on top.

            I've also replaced some of the cream cheese w/ fresh ricotta (not really a ricotta cheesecake) or with mascarpone.

            1. http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/08/ale...

              Smitten Kitchens blogger has made her share of outstanding cheesecakes and this brownie swirl version is amazing. Happy baking!

              1. What you had was a turtle cheesecake, with a chocolate wafer crust, usually made with oreos. I don't know if you want to duplicate it for Christmas, but here's a link for one of the best turtle recipes I've found and it's real good:
                http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...
                This link is essentially the same recipe, tweaked slightly, with a nice photo of the finished cake:
                http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.co...