Baileys Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CRUST

  • 26 Oreo cookies
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • Pinch of kosher salt

FOR THE CHEESECAKE

  • 4 (8-oz.) bars cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 c. Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

FOR THE GANACHE

  • 2/3 c. heavy cream
  • 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325ยบ and butter an 8″ or 9″ springform pan.
  2. Make crust: In a food processor, blend Oreos with melted butter and salt. Pat into a springform pan and set aside while you make filling.
  3. Make cheesecake: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until completely smooth and fluffy. Add cornstarch, then add eggs. Add Baileys and vanilla.
  4. Pour batter into crust and place on a large baking sheet.
  5. Bake until center of cheesecake is only slightly jiggly, 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Let cheesecake cool in oven, 1 hour, then refrigerate until completely cool, 4 hours or up to overnight. (If you’d like to use a water bath, tightly wrap outside of springform pan with two layers of aluminum foil. Transfer to a deep roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway up the cheesecake pan. Bake as directed.)
  6. When ready to serve, make ganache: In a small saucepan over low heat, heat heavy cream. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour hot cream on top. Let sit 3 minutes, then stir until creamy, until no lumps remain. Refrigerate ganache until slightly thick, 15 minutes, and spread all over cheesecake. Let set 10 minutes, then serve.

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