cookie butter swirl cheesecake
2 cups of crushed Trader Joe’s Bistro Biscuits (or any type of hard-cinnamon cookie)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Generous pinch of sea salt
4 - 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temp
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
3 large eggs and 2 large egg yolks
Cookie butter swirl
½ - ¾ cup of cookie butter
½ cup of warm caramel, for garnish, optional but wonderful
cook notes: This makes a nice thick crust. If you don’t like a thick crust then use less cookies crumbs (maybe 1 & ½ cups?).
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
In a measuring cup, crack open the eggs and egg yolks, set aside until ready to use.
Spray a 9 or 10-inch springform pan with non stick spray. In a food processor grind up the cookies into a fine crumb. In a bowl, combine the cookies, a pinch of salt, and the melted butter. Mix, then press into the bottom and partially up the sides of the springform pan. (I use a flat bottomed glass to press it in evenly). Recipe by vanillasugarblog.com
Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is just lightly brown around the edges, set aside and let cool. Reduce the oven heat to 300°F.
In a food processor or mixer, mix the cream cheese, with the eggs, eggs yolks, sugar and heavy cream. Mix until you have a nice custard-like consistency and no lumps are visible.
Pour cheesecake batter into cooled crust pan. Take your cookie butter, and GENTLY place down three or four glops/piles, spaced evenly, around the batter. Using a chopstick (or other small, pointed stick) gently swirl the cookie butter around until you have a nice array of swirls.
Most people like to do a water bath for their cheesecake. I never do, I find all too annoying. But if you want to do this feel free; it’s best to bake your cheesecake how ever you feel most comfortable.
I baked this cheesecake at 300°F for 50-55 minutes; turned off oven and left it alone for a couple hours. You know the cheesecake is done when there is no jiggle in the middle and the middle batter has set up.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, and then you need to cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
When cheesecake is baking try not to open the oven door a lot, if at all.
You might need a wet knife to slice cheesecake.
When ready to serve, slice with a wet knife and drizzle slices with caramel sauce (optional).