Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day and what better way for this sugar cookie lover to celebrate than with a sugar cookie cheesecake!
Instead of a graham cracker crust, I used baked (homemade) sugar cookies and prepared them the same way you would the graham crackers for the classic crust.
And in keeping with the sugar cookie theme, I mixed in a half cup of sprinkles to the classic cheesecake batter. :) There's no such thing as too many sprinkles, right? :) Adding them definitely pumped up the happy quotient! 
When I was a kid, my dad would take me out for lunch on my birthday, and without fail, I would order a grilled cheese sandwich, and cheesecake for dessert. The cheesecake was always a classic, plain cheesecake, but if this sugar cookie version had been around, you can bet that it would have been my birthday cheesecake choice. :)
This sugar cookie cheesecake was a big hit at our house! It's simple to make and makes any day a celebration!

(Below the recipe, you will find a list of 60+ more cheesecakes from 60+ bloggers!)

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
 Baked sugar cookies, unfrosted (I used THIS recipe for the cookies. You won't need a whole batch, so save some for later or half the recipe))
5 Tablespoons melted butter
2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)

Melt butter and set aside.  
Using a food processor, grind up cookies into fine crumbs for two cups of crumbs. 
In a bowl, mix together crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar until well blended.
Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until done.
Set aside and let cool.
Prepare pan for baking by covering the bottom (and continuing up the sides) of the  pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.

Cheesecake batter
2 pounds cream cheese (four 8 ounce blocks), softened
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles, and a little extra for the top (jimmies)
Crystallized sugar (for topping)

Place cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat until creamy.
Add the eggs, vanilla, sugar and mix well.
Mix in the sprinkles.
Pour the mixture into the springform pan and smooth out evenly.
Sprinkle some jimmies and crystallized sugar on the top of the cheesecake.
Place in the oven and Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done- 
the cheesecake will be slightly golden and set, but will jiggle in the middle just a bit.
Let cool completely.
Run a knife around the edges of the cheesecake and 
carefully remove from the springform pan.


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                                   Roxana (Roxana's Home Baking) organized a huge cheesecake event for today with over 60 bloggers participating! Click on the links below to discover an amazing array of cheesecake recipes!  Thanks, Roxana!

 Pear cheesecake with gingersnap crust from Roxana's Home Baking
 Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bars from A Kitchen Addiction
 No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
 Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutter Butter Crust from Crazy for Crust
 Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars from Crumbs and Chaos
 Blackberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Baking a Moment
 Healthier Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars from Texanerin Baking
 White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles
 Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Crust from All Day I Dream About Food
 Lemon Cheesecake from Shugary Sweets
 No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
 Oreo Cheesecake (vegan) from Namely Marly
 Blueberry Ricotta Cream Cheesecake from Hungry Couple
 Lemon Ginger Panna Cotta Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce from Girl Versus Dough
 Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic Topping from Boulder Locavore
 S'mores Cheesecake from The Gunny Sack
Raspberry Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from Hip Foodie Mom
Black Raspberry Cheesecake Milkshake from Blahnik Baker
No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake from White Lights on Wednesday Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake from gotta get baked
White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust from Cravings of a Lunatic Triple Brigadeiro Cheesecake Tart from From Brazil To You
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel from Taste and Tell
Snickers Cheesecake from Life, Love and Sugar
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life
Lilikoi Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Shortbread Crust from Dieter's Downfall
Strawberry Cheesecake Pots from Barbara Bakes
Mom's Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust from JavaCupcake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from Wine & Glue
New York Style Cheesecake from URBAN BAKES
Rainbow Cheesecake from In Katrina's Kitchen
Chocolate Cheesecake w/ Whisky Toffee Shards from girlichef
No Bake Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars from Beyond Frosting
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars from Cooking In Stilettos
Ricotta Cheesecake from French Press
Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutella Ganache Topping from The Redhead Baker
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecake from Savvy Eats
Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake from Wishes and Dishes
Key Lime Pie Cheesecake from Love and Confections
Apricot-Swirl Cheesecake from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Hawaiian Mini Cheesecakes from Pint Sized Baker
Butter Pecan Caramel No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes from Simply Southern Baking
Pumpkin Cheesecake from Lady Behind The Curtain
Mini cheesecakes with a toasted coconut crust (gluten free) from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake from You Made That?
Mini No Bake Lime Cheesecakes from Miss in the Kitchen
No-Bake Limoncello Cheesecake from Cake Duchess
No-Bake Berry Cheesecake from Food Lust People Love
Key Lime Trifles from Hoosier Homemade
Hawaiian Chantilly Layer Cheesecake from Wallflour Girl
No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars from Garnish with Lemon
Mango Cheesecake (vegan) from Jessiker Bakes
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from Chez CateyLou
Oreo Ripple Cheesecake from Overtime Cook
No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches from The Food Charlatan Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Ice Cream from Chocolate Moosey
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake from Munchkin Munchies
Caramel cheesecake martini from Happy Food, Healthy Life
Frozen PB&C Cheesecake from Noshing With The Nolands
Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Cookies from Lemons for Lulu

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sandcastle Cookies: Guest Post on Hungry Happenings

I am excited to be guest posting on Hungry Happenings today!  Click on the link to find the directions for making these 3D sandcastle cookies...

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

m&m Cookies

Two of our grandsons recently stayed with us for a few days and we had a lot of fun!  
One activity that they really wanted to do was make cookies:) They kept eyeballing the bag of mini m&m's in my big "goodie" drawer, so I knew they'd love these cookies. 
(I used the iPad to follow the recipe online.)
Look at all those mini m&m's and mini chocolate chips!

They're a drop cookie and came together quickly, which was a good thing since the boys were anxious to try them.  I must admit, I was too!
 I found the best looking m&m cookies on Picky Palate, so used her recipe.
With the dough as an indicator, the boys and I knew the cookies would be delicious! 
Two things I will do differently next time:  Trust the baking time (do not overbake!), and do not flatten the cookies at all before baking. 
This recipe adds a "secret ingredient" to ensure that the cookies turn out chewy in the middle, but crispy on the edges. They were especially good when they were fresh:)
These happy faces don't lie! :)

Visit Picky Palate for this yummy recipe and so many others!


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