Elegance and sophistication is the hallmark of this stunning Exquisite Glazed Almond-Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake dessert! A delicious cream cheese filling with a hint of raspberry preserves and almond top a delicate chocolate crumb crust. A glazed almond topping completes the festive appearance of this cheesecake that would be perfect on any dessert buffet! Mary King of Parsons, KS, created this 1st Prize winning recipe.
- GLAZED ALMOND TOPPING
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups (about 18 cookies) finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
- 4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened, divided
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup red raspberry preserves
- 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
FOR GLAZED ALMOND TOPPING:
LINE baking sheet with wax paper.
COMBINE sugar and water in small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds and liqueur. Remove almonds
from pan with slotted spoon; place on wax paper. Separate with a fork.
COMBINE cookie crumbs and butter in medium bowl. Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.
PREHEAT oven to 325° F.
PLACE white morsels in uncovered, medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15- second intervals, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.
BEAT 3 packages cream cheese, sugar and liqueur in large mixer bowl on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream. Pour half of mixture into crust.
BEAT remaining package cream cheese and melted white morsels in medium mixer bowl on medium speed until smooth. Stir in raspberry preserves. Drop half of raspberry mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls evenly over batter in pan. Pour remaining white batter over batters in pan and drop remaining half of raspberry mixture by teaspoonfuls evenly over batter. Swirl batters together with a knife.
BAKE for 1 hour 5 minutes. Arrange glazed almonds around edge of cheesecake. Continue baking for 15 minutes or until edge is set and center moves slightly. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
PLACE semi-sweet morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 20 seconds; knead bag. Microwave at additional 10- second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut a small hole in corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over over glazed almonds. Remove side of pan.
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Finished cheesecake is simply beautiful
Chocolate and raspberry together, you can't go wrong with two of my fab favorties. I made this cheesecake for a friends housewarming and it received rave reviews. Receipe not difficult if you have experience in making cheesecakes. Now I need to get my spring form pan back so that I can make another one and actually have a bite or 2!
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