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May 23, 2012

Chocolaty Twist on Creamy Classic Cheesecake

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by Janet Tharpe

Chocolaty Twist on Creamy Classic Cheesecake

We thought it practically impossible to improve on good, ol’ fashioned cheesecake... well, that is until we tried Ilean Benvenuti’s chocolate chip version!  Not only does this delectable creation have  chocolate chips, it also boasts an Oreo cookie crust! It really doesn’t get much better than that. 
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- Janet

"So creamy it melts in your mouth!!"
-Ilean Maite Benvenuti
Philadelphia, PA, pop. 1,526,006

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

You Need:
4 oz. butter
1 pkg oreo cookies, crushed

16 oz. cream cheese
1 c heavy cream
1 c sour cream
2 eggs
2 heaping tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
1 c sugar

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in a pan over low heat, stir in crushed cookies. Press mixture evenly into base of a springform pan. Set aside.
• For filling, beat together cream cheese, heavy cream, sugar, sour cream, eggs, flour, vanilla and lemon juice until evenly mixed. Pour batter into springform pan. Add mini chocolate chips. Pour evenly on top of cheesecake. With fork spread chocolate chips inside and outside of cheesecake. 
• Bake for one hour. Let chill for three hours. Decorate with more Oreo cookies, strawberries and whipped cream, if desired.

Submitted by: Ilean Maite Benvenuti, Philadephia, PA
© 2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Used by Permission. 

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