Dorie includes an extensive area for playing around with this cheesecake, so I decided to do some playing around of my own and combined Dorie’s recipe and this intriguing Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe from RecipeGirl.com to make a beautiful Red Velvet Cheesecake for our Christmas Eve celebration.
The first step was to crush Oreo cookies in the food processor and combine with melted butter to make the chocolate crumb crust! Yum!
Then I pulled out my trusty mixer and made the cheesecake batter. And included 2 full bottles of red food coloring to give it that gorgeous red hue. (Still looks a little pink doesn’t it? I was out of food coloring and I wasn’t going to go buy more…)
I poured the batter on top of my chocolate crumb crust and prepared to put my springform pan into a water bath to bake.
After the cheesecake was baked I let it setup overnight in the fridge. When I finally released the sides of the pan it looked amazing.
I added a cream cheese frosting — which you might think would be too much for a cheesecake, but was really amazing! And then cut a few branches off of one of our holly bushes outside to give the cheesecake a festive holiday look.
This cheesecake was very good and something that I would definitely consider making again for a special occasion. I think it would be a pretty cheesecake for Valentine’s Day with heart shaped candies sprinkled on top.
And if you can’t tell from the picture, Bo was also a big fan!
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