July 26, 2013

American Flag Cheesecake

Every year since we've been married (with the exception of '12 when we were moving in July), Justin and I have hosted a 4th of July party for our family and friends.  We love the 4th, grilling, making lots of food, and the fellowship with the people we love.  We look forward to it every year!  The menu has changed a little each year, but one thing that I've always made is a cheesecake.  It's simple, not a big fancy thing, but yummy nonetheless.  And it's decorated to look like the American flag, which is the main point anyway!

Here's what you need:

Crust:
  • 2 c. oreo crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. sugar
Cheesecake:
  • 4 pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream
Decorations:
  • cool whip
  • strawberries, sliced
  • blueberries
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Mix crust ingredients and press onto bottom of 9x13 pan
  • Bake 10 minutes
  • Beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, & vanilla with electric mixer until well blended
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed just until blended
  • Pour over crust
  • Bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set
  • Cool & refrigerate at least 4 hours
  • To decorate: spread cool whip on top of cake, arrange strawberries and blueberries in flag pattern

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