Olive Garden Eggnog Cheesecake

Course : Eggnog
Serves: 10
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9 Whole graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 Cup unsalted butter -- melted
1 1/2 Pounds cream cheese -- room temp.
3/4 Cup sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 large eggs -- room temperature
1 1/2 Cups sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pieces cinnamon sticks
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

Preparation / Directions:

For Crust: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 F. Grind graham crackers, sugar and ground cinnamon in processor. Transfer crumb mixture to medium bowl. Add butter and toss until evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture over bottom and 1-3/4 inches up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2-3/4-inch-high sides. Freeze crust until cold, about 10 minutes. Bake crust until beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer crust to rack and cool. For Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer until very smooth. Add dark rum, brandy, vanilla extract and ground nutmeg and beat to blend. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Spoon filling into crust. Bake until filling is puffed, very light brown and soft. CRUST: Preheat oven to 325øF. Generously grease the bottom and sides of a 10" springform pan. Combine the margarine with the chocolate cookie crumbs. Press onto the bottom and sides of the pan. FILLING-Using an electric mixer on high speed, combine cream cheese, sugar, eggs and flour and mix until smooth. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix just until blended. Pour 1/2 of the batter into prepared crust. Cut cookie dough into golfball sized chunks and drop into batter. Sprinkle in chocolate chips. Pour over remaining batter. Bake for 60 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the door to the broil position. Allow cake to remain in the oven 30 more minutes. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, remove the sides of the pan and top with fresh whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Source: The Olive Garden.

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