A light orange flavor gives these individual cheesecakes an unexpected tang. If you’re making them for company, garnish each square with a thin half slice of orange.
- For the Crust:
- 2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 44 wafers)
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
- For the Filling:
- One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- One 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup orange juice
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter or margarine. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes.
In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in the sugar and orange peel till combined. Beat in the eggs and orange juice on low speed just till combined. Do not overbeat. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake in the 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or till center appears set. Cool in pan on a rack. Cut into bars; cover and store in the refrigerator.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
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