Red Velvet Cheesecake
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 75 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
Bright red cheesecake.
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups Oreo Crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs or regular graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Filling
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 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 butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Stir together crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.
  3. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, 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.
  4. 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. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish, if desired.
  5. This recipe was created by Rhonda Y. Coker of Columbia, South Carolina and appeared in the Southern Living issue dated December 2004.
Recipe by Cookie Madness at http://www.cookiemadness.net/2007/06/red-velvet-cheesecake/