Venango County Recipe of the Day: Very Vanilla Slow-Cooker Cheesecake

| May 22, 2023

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Very Vanilla Slow-Cooker Cheesecake – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

Cinnamon and vanilla give this cheesecake so much flavor!


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon shortening
Miniature peanut butter cups or toasted sliced almonds


-Grease a 6-in. springform pan; place on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Wrap foil securely around the pan.

-Pour 1 in. water into a 6-qt. slow cooker. Layer two 24-inch. pieces of foil. Starting with a long side, roll up foil to make a 1-inch-wide strip; shape it into a circle. Place in the bottom of the slow cooker to make a rack.

-In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and about 1 in. up sides of the prepared pan.

-In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.

-Place springform pan on foil circle without touching slow cooker sides. Cover the slow cooker with a double layer of white paper towels; place the lid securely over the towels. Cook, covered, on high for 2 hours.

-Do not remove the lid; turn off the slow cooker and let the cheesecake stand, covered, in the slow cooker for 1 hour.

-Remove springform pan from slow cooker; remove foil around pan. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 1 hour longer. Loosen the sides of the pan with a knife. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.

-For the topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Remove the rim from the springform pan. Pour chocolate mixture over cheesecake; sprinkle with miniature peanut butter cups or almonds.

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