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Apple Cardamom Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 12 servings.

This is a spectacular cheesecake with a hidden surprise of glazed apples accented with cardamom.



  1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

  1/3 cup butter, melted

  1/4 cup sugar

  3/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cardamom, Ground

   Glazed Apples:

  4 medium apples (about 2 pounds), peeled and cored

  1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

  1/4 cup sugar

  3/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cardamom, Ground


  2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

  2/3 cup sugar

  2 tsp McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

  1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

  4 eggs

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Preheat oven to 325°F. For the Crust, mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For the Glazed Apples, cut apples into thin slices (about 1/4-inch thick). Add remaining ingredients to apples in large skillet. Cook on medium heat 5 to 10 minutes or until apples begin to caramelize, turning frequently. Arrange arrange apples on bottom of crust.

For the Filling, beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, vanilla and lemon peel. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Spoon evenly over apples.

Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn oven off and allow cheesecake to cool in oven 1 hour with door slightly ajar. Run small knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.