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Desserts - Apricot Cheesecake



INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups finely crushed butter cookies (about 30)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 (151/4-ounce) can unpeeled apricot halves
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar low-calorie apricot spread
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup syrup reserved from apricots, divided

INSTRUCTIONS
edium bowl, combine crushed butter cookies and melted butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
For filling, drain apricot halves, reserving syrup. Coarsely chop apricots; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, 3 tablespoons reserved syrup, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Add eggs all at once, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in chopped apricots. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place on a shallow baking pan in oven. Bake about 50 minutes or until center appears nearly set when cheesecake is gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen crust from sides of pan and cool cheesecake 30 minutes more. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely.
In a small saucepan, melt apricot spread over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup syrup. Spread over cheesecake. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least four hours before serving.
Yield: 16 servings.
 
 
 
 
Submitted By: Nancy Kyte
Dandridge
Jefferson Farmers Co-op
Number of Servings: 0
 
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