I enjoy planning and sharing fun crafts and recipes around each holiday, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to even process the thought of said crafts and recipes. I totally dropped the ball on St. Patty’s Day and bought shamrock cookies from the grocery store. Easter is approaching and I managed to come up with a simple way to add a touch of Easter to one of our favorite treats. We’ve been on a cheesecake kick so I was determined to somehow Easterize it without going crazy on the pastels.
When I said simple, I really meant it. See that bunny up there? Russell Stover White Chocolate Bunny plopped on top of a strawberry cheesecake. Just a little something I grabbed in the Easter aisle at Walmart. Oh yea. Call me Martha. This cheesecake is truly a cinch and tastes like it’s been slaved over. The hardest part is waiting for it to chill and set. Poor Jayden thought he’d just die waiting for his slice. Sidenote: we wear seasonal jammies ’til they don’t fit no mo’.
- 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 - 8oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 - 21oz cans Comstock Strawberry Pie Filling
- Crush graham crackers using a food processor or place crackers in a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin.
- Mix graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
- Evenly spread graham cracker mixture in the bottom of a 12" springform pan.
- Preheat Oven to 350°F.
- Using a mixer, soften cream cheese on low speed in a mixing bowl.
- Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add more sugar according to your taste preference. Periodically scrape the sides of mixing bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time until they are thoroughly mixed.
- Add cornstarch, vanilla extract, then heavy whipping cream. Mix until blended.
- Pour cream cheese filling on top of the graham cracker crust, using a spoon or spatula to help scoop out the remnants.
- Bake cheesecake for 1 hour or until the top is slightly brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Pour and smooth strawberry pie filling across the top of cheesecake. Position chocolate bunny on top of filling, pressing down slightly.
- Place cheesecake in the refrigerator to set before opening springform pan.
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