This week has been a nice break from the Holidays, but tomorrow it all starts again. I was able to head up to the mountains and spend my last two days snowboarding until next season. I wish Colorado had some better snow for me before I leave, but that’s alright, I’ll take it. I showed up to my friend’s house with all sorts of leftovers for the boys; they were stoked. With New Years Eve tomorrow, I am sure many of you will be baking up a storm. Lucky you, I have Katie from Oh Shine On here today with a delicious cheesecake recipe for all of you! Katie’s story of how she got her shine back is one that you MUST read, really inspirational! With that I give you Katie:
Gingersnap Cookies & Cream Cheesecake
My name is Katie and I blog over at Oh Shine On where I share my love for good food and a healthy passion for cooking only the best to give your (awesome) body. Work it.
I am so thrilled to be posting for Jenny today. She’s an awesome little lady who also happens to be an all-around phenomenal cook. When she asked me to do a New Years Eve post, I have to admit, I was in cooking torment. I had no idea what I wanted to whip up for this special occasion… that is, until I decided to think about my favorite thing about New Years. No, I’m not talking about the booze and the flashy, ball-dropping fiasco. I decided to go way back to my own childhood memories and the only thing that I could remember from this special night was a special piece of cake… cheesecake. Oh, and perhaps a couple of cookies for good measure. Say hello to my little friend.
This recipe makes my eyelashes batter and my cheeks turn rosy with delight. Imagine the perfect combination of gingersnap cookies with cream cheese and sweet sugar baked in the oven. Yes. I went there.
I think I’ve entered into a different type of intimacy… you know, not with you, but… with this. Sorry not sorry. I think I’d like to have a bubble bath with this cheesecake… with scented candles lining the tub and classical music playing softly in the background.
The finest cheesecake to ever touch your lips… sweet gingersnappy-soft-thick-creamy-cheesecake. Enjoy your New Years with every cookie-filled cheesecake bite. Oh, and it pairs very, very well with wine. Just sayin’.
Also noted, this cheesecake is probably a bit more dense than your average cheesecake… but that’s the way my family seemed to enjoy it. I’m sure you could try adding some cool whip into the mixture, but I’m not sure how that would turn out when baked. Interesting, I suppose.
- For the crust:
- 25 gingersnap cookies (finely crushed)
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup yogurt butter (melted)
- For the cheesecake:
- 8 oz ⅓-less-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
- ½ cup sugar
- 8 oz nonfat greek yogurt
- 2 large egg whites
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 10 gingersnap cookies (crushed)
- To make the crust, grind gingersnap cookies in food processor until coarsely chopped, then transfer to separate bowl.
- Add oats to the food processor and process until a flour-like powder forms. Add to the bowl with the gingersnaps.
- Melt yogurt butter and combine with crust mixture. Press mixture into bottom of a prepared pan and set aside.
- To make the cheesecake, preheat the oven to 350F. Cut out a circle with parchment paper and place in the bottom of a springform pan or baking dish. Coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- Beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth (about 2-3 minutes).
- Gradually add in greek yogurt, egg whites, spices, baking powder, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Mix for 3-5 minutes, or 6-10 if beating by hand (or else the texture won't be as light or fluffy).
- Place gingersnap cookies into a ziplock bag and crush gently using your fingertips or a rolling pin. Fold into cream mixture. Beat until filly incorporated.
- Fold cheesecake mixture into the pan coated with the crust and bake for 27-30 minutes, or until the center is almost set.
- Cool to room temperature and chill a few hours in the refrigerator.
- Smooth top to level with edges and serve with whipping cream and extra gingersnap cookies for garnish.
Thanks so much Katie! What a great New Years recipe! If you or somebody you know would like to be a part of Featured Foodie Friday please e-mail me at savourthesenses (at) gmail (dot) com and we can get you scheduled!