The Red Velvet Christmas Cheesecake. Tastes just like the Red Velvet Cake, but with the silky texture of cheesecake.
One of my most requested Christmas desserts.
SERVINGS: Serves 10-12
- 1 1/2 cups Nabisco Chocolate wafer crumbs (about 3/4 box, processed in blender)
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick/2 oz./56g) butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick/2 oz./56g) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted (optional)
Fresh mint sprigs
White chocolate curls
- Stir together wafer crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa and baking soda.
- Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and sugar mixture at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute.
- Add eggs and next 5 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.
- Bake at 325°F/160°C for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°F/150°C, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm.
- Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake.
- Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes.
- Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes.
- Cover and chill 8 hours.
- Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth.
- Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Spread pecans over topping and press lightly with hand (optional).
- Chill at least 3 hours.
- Remove sides of springform pan.
- Garnish, if desired, with fresh mint, white chocolate curls or other seasonal greenery.