Few can resist the appeal of a luscious, hulking slice of cheesecake. But it can seem daunting in summer heat. Luckily, you can join today’s celebration of National Cheesecake Day with a creamy confection that also combines the flavors of summer by the campfire: S’mores Cheesecake. Graham crackers are key in both sweet treats, and this dessert takes cues from traditional cheesecake with a simple butter-and-graham-cracker-crumb crust that extends just barely up the sides of the cake. But where it really channels the ooey-gooey, richness of s’mores is in the filling. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, special dark cocoa and hot fudge, the cheesecake’s core has an intense chocolate flavor and a melty texture. With marshmallows baked inside and blanketed on the top, the finished cheesecake has a fire-toasted look and a thick, creamy center.
Finish off your National Cheesecake Day celebration with more of Cooking Channel’s favorites:
To celebrate National Cheesecake Day today, The Cheesecake Factory is serving up their new Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake. Extreme is definitely the operative word in that title. The fudge- and Oreo cream mousse-layered cheesecake is studded with baked-in Oreos, topped with milk chocolate icing and encrusted in chocolate chips.
Heavy is a good way to describe this sugar monster, both in terms of sheer weight (seriously, a slice feels like it weighs five pounds) and effect on your stomach. We also found the Oreo chunks to be a little jarring because they were such a contrast to the overall creaminess. Of course none of these factors were disconcerting enough not to devour the entire utterly delicious thing in one sitting. If only Oreos had any nutritional value whatsoever, a slice could work as meal replacement for the next few days.
If you live by a Cheesecake Factory, you can try it for yourself starting today. But if you’re like us, you’ll use this grand holiday as an excuse to make your own. All food tastes better when made in a home rather than a factory. After the jump, get recipes for some of our most popular cheesecakes.
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