If you love cannoli, then you will adore this decadent cannoli cheesecake
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Chilling time8 hrs
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
- 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 7 Tablespoons butter melted
- 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons AP flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons finely grated orange zest recommend cutting this down or omitting it
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- confectioners' sugar for garnish (optional)
Position oven rack to middle of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Stir cookie crumbs and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a bowl, then mix in melted butter until crumbs get slightly clumpy. Transfer to a 9 inch springform pan and press evenly along the bottom of the pan. Use a plastic bag or wrap to press gently. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until slightly brown. Let cool on a rack. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Put paddle attachment on stand mixer. Mix cream cheese, ricotta, flour and salt on medium speed, scraping sides of bowl frequently, until very smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Make sure cheese has no lumps. Add sugar and beat until well blended and smooth.
Add chocolate chips, orange zest (if using) and vanilla. Beat until just combined, about 30 seconds. Add eggs, one at a time, also beating until just blended. Do not overbeat. Pour filling into cooled crust and smooth top.
Bake for about 55-65 minutes (I baked for 55 minutes and the cheesecake was a tad jiggly; next time I would bake for 65 minutes). The sides will be puffy and the center will look soft and jiggle. Set on rack and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. (it can also be frozen at this point for up to one month...see original recipe for freezing tips)
Unclasp and remove side of pan and run a long, thin spatula under the crust. Slide onto flat serving plate carefully (or leave it on the bottom of the springform pan). Garnish with confectioners' sugar if desired. Dip knife in warm water before cutting each slice, wiping in between cuts.