Saturday, August 11, 2012

S'mores Cheesecake

Having been a Girl Scout for 13 years, I have done my fair share of camping. I know how to make a campfire, how to pitch a tent, and how to clean the latrines.

The one thing I didn't know was that the Girl Scouts invented s'mores! S'mores are only the greatest invention ever, so I was thrilled. They're all full of deliciousness and sugar, which are my two favorite things.

My personal favorite dessert is cheesecake, but yesterday happened to be the national s'mores day. I couldn't just pass up on the best holiday ever.

I decided to compromise and create my own recipe for s'mores cheesecake, and let me tell you: BEST IDEA EVER. I deserve a Nobel prize. No jokes here.

Cheesecake already has a graham cracker crust, so I just needed to add the marshmallows and chocolate.

Also, my 6 inch springform has been feeling very lonely lately. I adapted a traditional New York Style cheesecake recipe to make it work for a 6 inch springform.

S'mores Cheesecake

Yield: 6" cheesecake

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tbsp butter (I used my homemade butter)
2 tbsp sugar
1 Hershey king-size chocolate bar
2 packages (16 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla (clear if you can)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup chocolate chips
3 tbsp whipping cream
Kraft Mallow Bits, for decoration

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. Mix graham cracker crumbs with 2 tbsp sugar and butter. Use a fork to mix it together until it's crumbly. Press it along the bottom of the springform pan. Bake it for 8 minutes.

Delicious homemade butter! 

3. Open the Hershey bar. Take a bite. You deserve it. Break up the rest of the bar you didn't eat and line the crust with it.

4. Beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down bowl. Add egg, vanilla, and cornstarch. Mix until barely incorporated. Add sour cream and beat until smooth.

5. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the crust-lined pan. Tap the pan a few times to get rid of any bubbles (I do this with cake, too). Bake for 35-38 minutes. When a cheesecake is done, it still jiggles in the middle.

6. Turn the oven off and leave it open for 3 hours. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

7. Melt chocolate chips with whipping cream and stir until it's smooth.  Pour over cheesecake. Sprinkle with mallow bits, and any leftover graham cracker crumbs.

8. Devour.

Can I have s'more, please?

1 comment:

  1. My favorite part is taking a bite of the chocolate!! I will have to try this for sure!