Cheesecake

cheesecakesm Ingredients:

Crust
2 Pkgs. Graham Crackers (Crushed)
½ Cup Margarine
½ Cup White Sugar

Filling
2 - 8 oz. Pkgs. Cream Cheese
1 Cup White Sugar
1 – 12 oz. container of Whipped Topping (I use Cool Whip. A Lite version works well)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Crust
Crush 2 packages of graham crackers. Melt a ½ Cup of Margarine in the microwave or on the stove. In a medium size bowl combine the crushed graham crackers, ½ Cup white sugar and melted margarine. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted margarine and white sugar with a fork until the cracker crumbs are well coated. Press crust mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13” x 9” cake pan. Bake crust for exactly 8 minutes. Don’t over bake or crust will be too hard. Cool crust completely.

Filling
Place 2 packages of cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Beat cream cheese, with a mixer, until well whipped and creamy. Add 1 Cup white sugar to the cream cheese and mix until well combined. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Spread the filling over the cooled crust. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.

Fruit Topping
Toppings can be added to the Cheese Cake or served separately. I like to have a couple of toppings so people can choose their favorite for their individual piece. If using prepared pie filling, and adding it to the Cheese Cake, then use 2 cans to cover a 13” x 9” dessert. Chill toppings before serving.

Topping Suggestions:
Canned Cherry Pie Filling
Blackberry or Raspberry Pie Filling
Crushed Pineapple
Fresh Sliced Strawberries (My Favorite)

Notes:

Make Your Own Fruit Topping
1Quart Fresh Blueberries (Fresh fruit such as blackberries, raspberries and marion berries work well)
½ Cup Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
½ Cup White Sugar
½ Teaspoon Salt
½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Servings: 12 servings
Recipe Difficulty: Very Easy
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 8 Minutes
Country: USA