🍓🍰 Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Delight 🍰🍓

Indulge in this decadent Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Delight! With layers of creamy cheesecake, sweet strawberries, and a crunchy topping, this dessert is sure to be a hit at any gathering.

📋 Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 🍪 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 🧈 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 🧈 1/2 cup melted butter

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 🧀 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 🍬 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 🥛 1 cup sour cream
  • 🥚 2 large eggs
  • 🌿 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Topping:

  • 🍓 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 🍬 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 🍋 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the Crunch Topping:

  • 🍪 1 cup crushed vanilla wafer cookies
  • 🍪 1/2 cup crushed freeze-dried strawberries
  • 🧈 1/4 cup melted butter

📝 Directions:

1️⃣ Prepare the Crust:

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Mix until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form an even layer.
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.

2️⃣ Make the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the granulated sugar and mix until well combined.
  • Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust and spread it out evenly.

3️⃣ Bake the Cheesecake:

  • Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the center is set and the edges are lightly browned.
  • Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door slightly open for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

4️⃣ Prepare the Strawberry Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Toss to mix well.
  • Let the strawberries macerate for at least 30 minutes.

5️⃣ Make the Crunch Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the crushed vanilla wafer cookies, crushed freeze-dried strawberries, and melted butter. Mix until well combined.

6️⃣ Assemble the Dessert:

  • Once the cheesecake is fully chilled, spread the macerated strawberries evenly over the top.
  • Sprinkle the crunch topping over the strawberries.

7️⃣ Serve:

  • Carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and transfer it to a serving plate.
  • Slice and serve this delightful dessert.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Cooling and Chilling Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Calories: 450 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • For a smoother cheesecake, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing.
  • You can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. Just make sure to thaw and drain them before using.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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