Thursday, October 14, 2010

Creepy Critter Cheesecake

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1 1/2 cup(s) ground chocolate wafers (Famous Chocolate Wafers)
4 tablespoon(s) sugar
5 tablespoon(s) butter, melted

2 package(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest
1/2 cup(s) sour cream
Yellow food coloring



1.Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
2.Combine cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl; stir well. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom and sides of prepared tart pan. Bake until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
3.Beat cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and making sure to scrape sides of the bowl. Add orange zest and sour cream and beat until just blended.
4.Add 4 drops of yellow food coloring and stir well to blend. Remove 1/2 cup of the cheesecake batter and place into a small bowl. Add 5 drops of yellow food coloring to the 1/2 cup batter and stir well. Spoon into a resealable bag.
5.Pour light yellow batter into baked tart crust and smooth top. Snip a very small corner from bag with darker yellow batter. Pipe random spots of batter on top of the tart in a variety of sizes to make the cheese holes. Bake tart until lightly puffed and center is just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with Chocolate Rats.

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