Saturday, November 3, 2012

Organic Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

When my husband heard "snickerdoodles" and "cheesecake" in the same sentence, he practically did a 180. My man is serious about his food, especially my desserts lol! :) Needless to say, the first chance I had to whip up something sweet it was this...

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

Seriously, I think snickerdoodle is one of our favorite holiday flavors. It is subtle, and offers us another option apart from the usual suspects. Alright, let's get down to the nitty gritty goodness of snickerdoodle cheesecake makin'!

In order to make the cheesecake crust, we need to bake a batch of snickerdoodles. There will be plenty of extras for snacking, silver lining! :)

Snickerdoodle Cookies
1 cup organic or raw butter, softened
1 1/2 cups organic raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic baking soda
1 teaspoon organic cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon organic salt
2 organic pasture raised eggs
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
3 cups organic all-purpose flour
1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
2 teaspoons organic ground cinammon

1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with a sturdy whisk until creamy. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time, with a sturdy spatula; until well incorporated. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 2 inch balls. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Makes 36 cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake
2 8-ounce packages organic cream cheese
3 organic pasture raised eggs, lightly beaten
13 Organic Snickerdoodle Cookies, finely crushed (recipe above)
3/4 cup organic or raw butter, melted
1 8-ounce carton organic sour cream
1 cup organic raw cane sugar
2 tablespoons organic all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons organic vanilla
1/2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon organic raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

1. Allow cream cheese and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, in a medium bowl stir together crushed cookies and melted butter until combined. Press mixture onto the bottom and 1 3/4 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sour cream, the 1 cup sugar, the flour, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with a sturdy whisk until smooth. Stir in eggs.
3. Stir together the 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour cream cheese mixture into crust-lined pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place pan in a shallow baking pan.
4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a 2 1/2-inch area around outside edge appears set when gently shaken. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen crust from the sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely on wire rack. Cover and chill for at least four hours before serving. Makes 12 servings.

*adapted from BH&G fine cooking

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