Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake

*Ingredients:

• 17 chocolate cream Oreo cookies, crushed

• 1/4 cup butter, melted

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

• 1-1/2 cups sugar

• 1 cup sour cream

• 1/2 cup buttermilk

• 3 tablespoons baking cocoa

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

• 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring

• 3 ounces cream cheese, softened

• 1/4 cup butter, softened

• 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Directions:

• Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

• In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan.

• In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, buttermilk, cocoa and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in food coloring. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. hot water to larger pan.

• Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, 60-70 minutes. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around inside edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove sides of pan.

• For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost top of cheesecake. Refrigerate until serving.

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