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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CHEESECAKE

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Recipe

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Welcome to our decadent dessert recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious and indulgent recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. This dessert combines the creamy richness of cheesecake with the sweet flavors of strawberry shortcake. Perfect for any special occasion or whenever you’re craving a luscious treat, this cheesecake is sure to impress. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

For the Bottom Crust:

  • 22 Golden Oreos, crushed
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter

For the Filling:

  • 4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Jar of Smucker’s strawberry ice cream topping

For the Topping:

  • 12 Golden Oreos, crushed and divided into 2 bowls
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry gelatin mix (from a small package)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix Crust Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the crushed Golden Oreos and melted butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Press Crust: Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form an even layer.
  4. Bake Crust: Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool.

Step 2: Prepare the Filling

  1. Beat Cream Cheese: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add Sugar and Cornstarch: Gradually add the sugar and cornstarch, mixing until well combined.
  3. Add Vanilla and Eggs: Mix in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add Heavy Cream: Gradually add the heavy whipping cream, mixing until the batter is smooth and well combined.

Step 3: Assemble and Bake the Cheesecake

  1. Pour Filling: Pour half of the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust in the springform pan.
  2. Add Strawberry Topping: Spoon several dollops of the strawberry ice cream topping over the filling.
  3. Swirl Topping: Use a knife or skewer to gently swirl the strawberry topping into the filling.
  4. Add Remaining Filling: Pour the remaining cheesecake filling over the top and smooth the surface.
  5. Bake Cheesecake: Place the springform pan in the preheated oven and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the center is set but still slightly jiggly. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door slightly open for about 1 hour.
  6. Cool Completely: Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 4: Prepare the Topping

  1. Prepare Strawberry Oreo Topping: In one of the bowls with the crushed Golden Oreos, mix in the softened butter and strawberry gelatin mix until well combined.
  2. Top Cheesecake: Once the cheesecake is fully chilled, remove it from the springform pan. Sprinkle the plain crushed Oreos over one half of the cheesecake and the strawberry Oreo mixture over the other half.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Slice and serve the Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. Enjoy the creamy, sweet, and tangy flavors of this delightful dessert!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is fully softened to avoid lumps in the filling.
  • Baking: Do not overbake the cheesecake. It should still have a slight jiggle in the center when done.
  • Cooling: Letting the cheesecake cool slowly in the oven helps prevent cracks.

Variations

Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake

Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest to the filling and use lemon Oreos for the crust for a bright, citrusy flavor.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake before adding the Oreo topping for a rich chocolate twist.

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Mixed Berry Cheesecake

Use a combination of strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry toppings for a mixed berry cheesecake.

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Nutty Cheesecake

Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans) to the crust for added crunch and flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time?

Yes, this cheesecake can be made a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze this cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze the cheesecake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

What can I serve with this cheesecake?

This cheesecake pairs well with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How can I make the cheesecake healthier?

Use reduced-fat cream cheese and a sugar substitute to reduce the calorie content. You can also use a lighter version of the topping.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake is a delicious and indulgent dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With its creamy texture, sweet strawberry topping, and crunchy Oreo crust, it’s sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing this delightful cheesecake with your family and friends!