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Samoas Cheesecake | www.somethingswanky.com

Ta-da!! It’s the end of Samoas week! Cheesecakes always seem like a special occasion food, so I saved this one for the end.

My favorite creamy, dreamy cheesecake is hugged on all sides by a shortbread cookie crumb crust and topped with toasted coconut caramel ganache and chocolate stripes. All the flavors you love in a Samoa combined with the decadence of cheesecake.

Samoas Cheesecake | www.somethingswanky.com

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Samoas Cheesecake | www.somethingswanky.com

Samoas Cheesecake

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 box Lorna Doone shortbread cookies (2 sleeves)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 - 8 oz.packages Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs

For the topping:

  • 2 packages Kraft Caramel bits
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups toasted coconut (How to Toast Coconut)
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

For the crust:

  1. Crush the shortbread cookies to fine crumbs (I used a food processor) and mix with the melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For the filling:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add ricotta cheese and vanilla; mix well.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  3. Pour into crust.
  4. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until center is almost set.
  5. Turn oven off. Open oven door slightly. Let cheesecake set in oven 1 hour.
  6. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool completely before topping.

For the topping:

  1. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, for 2-3 minutes until caramel is melted and smoothly combined with the milk.
  2. Mix in the toasted coconut.

Assembly:

  1. Spoon/spread the caramel mixture gently over the cheesecake. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel topping.
  2. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Don’t miss a bite!

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