Smores Cheesecake Surprise is the dessert that will make your family yell, "Smore, Please" as they ask for seconds. And the surprise? It's in the marshmallow!
Keyword: cheesecake, smore
Skill Level: Intermediate
GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
2cupsgraham cracker crumbs
1can12 ounces evaporated milk, divided
3packages8 ounces each cream cheese, softened
1/4teaspooncream of tartar
1jar7 ounces marshmallow creme
Hot Fudge Sauce
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme, cornstarch, vanilla and remaining milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
For meringue, in a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
Place marshmallow creme in a separate large bowl; fold in a third of the egg white mixture, then fold in the remaining mixture. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with marshmallows and coconut.
Bake 6-8 minutes longer or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Heat hot fudge in microwave and drizzle liberally on dish before plating the cheesecake.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings