1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
Combine crumbs and nuts with brown sugar; mix in melted butter until well moistened. Pat into a 7-inch springform pan.
Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, cream, vanilla, and flour; beat for 3 to 4 minutes at medium speed of a hand-held electric mixer. Pour into the prepared crust and place on a rack or ring of aluminum foil (to keep it off the bottom of the pot) in a 5-quart Crock Pot (large enough to fit the springform pan). Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Turn off and leave for 1 to 2 hours, until cool enough to remove. Cool completely and remove the sides of the pan. Garnish with pecan halves if desired.
Chill before serving, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.
3/4 cup wafer-cookie or graham cracker crumbs
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup ricotta cheese (light)
12 ounces cream cheese, light (neufchatel)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 cup amaretto
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate mini-morsels
Combine crust ingredients and pat into a 7-inch springform pan.
Beat the cheeses with the sugar until smooth; add eggs and whipping cream and beat for about 3 minutes on medium speed of an electric hand-held mixer. Add amaretto, cocoa, flour and vanilla; beat for about 1 more minute. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate morsels; pour into prepared pan. Place the cheesecake on a rack in the Crock Pot (or use a “ring” of aluminum foil to keep it off the bottom of the pot). Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Let stand in the covered pot (after turning it off) for about 1 to 2 hours, until cool enough to handle. Cool thoroughly before removing pan sides. Chill before serving; store leftovers in the refrigerator.