Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z

Cheesecakes are such wonderfully scrumptious desserts. What’s more, they are easy . . . in many ways, easier than a pie. If you have trouble with pie crusts, bake a cheesecake. (Crumb crusts are never soggy or tough and you don’t have to invest time in making pretty edges.) Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. If you make a cheesecake, you’ll always impress your guests. In this article we’ll explore the world of cheesecakes. We’ll give you some guidelines and recipes so that you can create your own wonderful cheesecakes. Cheesecakes are versatile. They consist of three basic parts: the …

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Grandma’s Glazed Meatloaf

These are pretty little meatloaves.  We made them in an eight-cavity pan, just about right for individual servings.  Freeze any extras–wrap in aluminum foil, put in freezer bags, and freeze for up to three months. Ingredients For the glaze: 1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons vinegar For the meat loaf: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, minced 2 cloves minced garlic 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon hot …

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Leprechaun Pie

This is a fun dessert! We took our luscious Pink Lemonade Pie and made it green for St. Patrick’s Day. Since this is made with cream cheese, it’s very cheesecake like. It also contains frozen lemonade or limeade concentrate. You’ll need a nine-inch springform pan.   We use a glass base silicone springform pan. With the graham cracker crust, it’s easy to peel the ring from the pie and cut nice, neat slices right on the glass base. Get a Candy-apple Red Springform Pan for under $20 Crust 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter 1. …

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How to Make Ice Cream Pies with Juice Concentrates

9-inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan Deluxe Non-Stick Rolling Pin The frozen fruit case has so many interesting juices and juice combinations. It’s a shame to relegate them only to the juice pitcher. Instead, try making some great summertime pies. They’re, simple, made with a cookie crumb crust and frozen yogurt or ice cream. Let your imagination begin. This is a great pie. The vanilla nut crust complements the cranberry raspberry filling perfectly. It is an absolutely delightful pie for a special occasion or a warm summer evening. Ingredients 2/3 cup frozen cranberry raspberry juice concentrate, slightly thawed 2 cups vanilla …

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No-Bake Turtle Pumpkin Pie

This recipe was contributed by Dessa Bailey of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  We found it very easy to put together.  We served it to customers in our store and attendees at a class to rave reviews. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping 1/2 cup pecan pieces 2 packages (3.4 oz each) vanilla flavor instant pudding 1 cup cold milk 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice or nutmeg 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip® topping, thawed and divided For the crust In …

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How to Make Pink Lemonade Pies and Their Cousins

  I made seven pink lemonade pies this morning. Actually, they weren’t all pink lemonade—some were strawberry guava. That’s the nice thing about this recipe—you can use whatever fruit juice concentrate you desire—cherry cranberry, peach mango, cranberry pear . . . In your grocer’s freezer case there is an amazing array of frozen fruit juice concentrates. They’re all game for this dessert. We’ve been making pink lemonade pies and their cousins for years now. We’ve tweaked the recipe along the way but basically, it’s the same. We use a different pan now, a new silicone springform pan that’s easier to …

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Raspberry Chiffon Pie

Ingredients 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup frozen juice concentrateof your choice, thawed and undiluted 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 2 drops food color gel of your choice or equal Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you wish to bake your crumb crust.  Baking helps hold the crust together but is not necessary. In a 9-inch springform pan, mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Make a well in the center of …

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Fajitas in a Pocket

Dennis Weaver Pitas pockets are fun little gizmos to make. We had some chicken breasts in the refrigerator.  Surely we could put the two together—pita pockets and chicken.   After several false starts, we hit it:  Why not stuff those pitas with fajitas. Here’s what we did: We made pita pockets.  We used our Garden Harvest Bread Mix.  We knew that this bread makes fabulous pitas.  (See how to make pitas.) We thinly sliced three chicken breasts.  We sliced one large sweet onion and two bell peppers.  We seasoned and sautéed the chicken and sautéed the vegetables on medium high heat. …

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Adventures in (Baked) Alaska

It’s one thing to make baked Alaska for six people. It’s another to make baked Alaska for 106. A baked Alaska is a scrumptious dessert made in three parts. The base is a layer of cake, usually chocolate. Then there is layer of ice cream. The dessert is then covered with meringue and baked in a hot oven just long enough to brown the meringue. The meringue insulates the ice cream to keep it from melting. We were committed to serving baked Alaska in our store all day long. But baked Alaska doesn’t keep well once baked so making a …

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Make Your Own Country Crackers

Crackers are a lost art. But they are not hard to make. Usually they are thinly rolled and then cut out with a knife or cutter. In this recipe, the dough is made into a log and refrigerated just as you would refrigerator cookies. Thin slices are baked until dry. Country Cracker Recipe Ingredients 1 medium sweet onion, chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons oat bran 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 8 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup water 1 large egg 1 tablespoon water coarse salt sesame seeds Directions …

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Save Time with No-Bake Cookies

Whether you don’t want to heat up the kitchen or the demands of getting the kids out the door are upon you, it’s nice to have a few no-bake cookie recipes on hand. We thought we would share some of our favorites with you. Cranberry Coconut Bars >> Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops >> Rocky Road Bars >> Snow Topped Mountains >> More No-Bakers When thinking of no-bake cookies, don’t forget the perennial favorites, Rice Krispie Treats and Frosted Graham Crackers. We’re assuming everyone has the recipe for Rice Krispie Treats. Consider adding chocolate chips, dried fruit pieces, or cinnamon candies …

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Strawberry Cream No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes

This is a delightful dessert.  It’s a refrigerated dessert made in a graham cracker crust.  Make the filling by whipping cream cheese and Bavarian cream (or vanilla pudding) together.  Top it with fresh strawberries and a  strawberry sauce. For the crust 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 3 tablespoons granulated sugar In a nine-inch springform pan, mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar together. Press the mixture across the bottom of the pan and up the sides to form the crust. Put the crust in the refrigerator to set the butter while you mix the filling. …

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Cinnamon Graham Crackers

You’ll feel good about serving these graham crackers. Not only is there no hydrogenated oil, but they have a high fiber content from the coarse-ground graham flour. These are not as sweet as cookies and much of the sweetness comes from honey. Because crackers are drier than cookies, milk is the perfect complement. If you would like to serve something sweeter, sandwich two of these crackers with frosting. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/4 cups graham flour 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 cups butter 1/3 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cups brown sugar …

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Honey Graham Crackers

You’ll feel good about serving these graham crackers. Not only is there no hydrogenated oil, but they have a high fiber content from the coarse-ground graham flour. These are not as sweet as cookies and much of the sweetness comes from honey. Because crackers are drier than cookies, milk is the perfect complement. If you would like to serve something sweeter, sandwich two of these crackers with frosting. Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups graham flour 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoons …

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Graham Cracker Sandwich Cookies

When I was a child, my mother used to spread fudgy chocolate frosting between two graham cracker squares.  It was my first experience with graham cracker sandwich cookies and I loved them.  I still do. When our kids were young and we headed out on a trip, Merri Ann often grabbed a box of graham crackers and a tub of frosting—no need to make the sandwiches ahead of time.   Now Debbie, our daughter, is grown and she does the same thing with her kids though she grabs a tub of cream cheese frosting instead of fudge. But you don’t have …

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Cherry Cheesecake Pie

See over 40 additional recipes For even more recipes and methods, get free e-books! Is this a pie or a cheesecake?  We don’t think your guests will care.  This has a graham cracker crumb crust and can be made in a deep dish pie pan or a spring form pan. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes …

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A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes

You can make cheesecakes without turning on your oven—which is especially nice in the summer. Nobake cheesecakes are delightful cheesecakes. They are lighter and fluffier than other cheesecakes, almost melt-in-your-mouth. Because they don’t bake, they are quicker and easier to make. We’ve made hundreds, maybe thousands of cheesecakes in our test kitchen in Rigby, Idaho. We’ve taught classes, written articles about cheesecakes, and developed recipes. But only recently, have we discovered and fallen in love with no-bake cheesecakes. Often we prefer no-bake cheesecakes to traditional cheesecakes—especially when we want something a little lighter or when the weather is warm. We …

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Butterscotch Macaroon Bars

These are easy to make and very scrumptious—a butterscotch filling tucked in a chocolate graham cracker crumb crust. Like most cookies made with sweetened condensed milk, they are a little rich but very good. Experiment with other baking chips if you desire. These are good with chocolate chips or peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch chips. 6 tablespoons butter Ingredients 1 packet of graham crackers, crushed into crumbs about 1 1/4 cups 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cocoa 4 slices of white bread, crumbled 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 2 3/4 …

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White Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake

One of our favorite cheesecake recipes is a white chocolate cheesecake recipe.  Melted white chocolate is drizzled into the batter before baking.  We used the same method to make this no-bake version—but without the baking.  The white chocolate makes the cheesecake especially rich and appealing.  We have included both the original recipe and the converted no-bake recipe for your use. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to …

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New York Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Our son-in-law, Ben Frantzen, claims that our White Chocolate Cheesecake is the best cheesecake recipe ever. It is good. We made this dark variation of the recipe and think it is equally good–when you are in the mood for a chocolate cheesecake. It is a rich cheesecake. Be sure to use a good quality chocolate. Serve this cheesecake plain or with a topping. You will need a ten-inch springform pan. Our glass-base springform pans are perfect. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake …

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