Magazine article Sunset

This Cheesecake Has a Secret

Magazine article Sunset

This Cheesecake Has a Secret

Article excerpt

Cookie dough lumps hide beneath its cool surface

SOFT, CREAMY LUMPS of chocolate chip cookie dough, made without egg, are a tantalizing surprise in this smooth cheesecake. It's a dessert that indulges those addicted to nibbling cookies before they bake.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) melted butter or margarine

2 large packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese or neufchatel (light cream) cheese, cut into chunks

1 cup regular or light (reduced-fat) sour cream

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cookie dough (recipe follows)

Topping (recipe follows)

Mix crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, and butter; press firmly over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim. Bake in a 350 |degrees~ oven until slightly darker color, about 8 minutes.

In a food processor or with a mixer, whirl or beat remaining sugar with cheese. …

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