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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Cherry Heart Cheesecake ~

~Crust~
1 1/3 cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 T sugar

~Filling~
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup butter, softened
2--8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 T cornstarch
1 t baking powder
1 T lemon juice

~Topping~
1--8 oz carton dairy sour cream
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla
1--21 oz can cherry pie filling
3 T cherry flavored liqueur

Preheat oven to 325F.
For crust, in small bowl stir together all crust ingredients. Press
crumb mixture on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes;
cool. For filling, in small mixer bowl beat egg whites at high speed,
scraping bowl often, until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside.
In large mixer bowl combine 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and egg yolks.
Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth and creamy, 2
to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and lemon
juice. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed, 1 to 2
minutes. By hand, fold in beaten egg whites. Spoon filling into prepared
pan. Bake for 60 - 80 minutes or until center is set and firm to the
touch. (Cheesecake surface will be slightly cracked.) Cool 15 minutes;
loosen sides of cheesecake from pan by running knife around inside of
pan. Cool completely. (Cheesecake center will dip slightly upon cooling.)
For topping, in small bowl stir together sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar
and vanilla. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Spoon out 2 to 3
tablespoons of cherry sauce from pie filling; drop by teaspoonfuls onto
sour cream topping. Carefully pull knife or spatula through cherry sauce
forming hearts. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. In medium bowl
stir together remaining pie filling and liqueur. Serve over slices of
cheesecake. Store refrigerated.
Makes 10 servings

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Give as a gift in a white cake box embellished with
designs sponge painted on lid. Embellish with Christmas
ribbon. Add gift tag and recipe card.


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