Monday, July 21, 2008

Orange Cream Cheesecake

This is worth the many steps, and no bake! Fantastic flavor, and pretty layers.

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 package (3 oz.) orange gelatin
3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 carton (8 oz.) cool whip, thawed

2 cups whipped topping
1/4 cup sugar

Combine the cracker crumbs cinnamon, orange peel and butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 10 inch springform pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare gelatin according to package directions. Set aside 1/2 cup at room temperature. Chill remaining gelatin until slightly thickened.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes. Gradually beat in milk and lemon juice. Beat on medium-high speed two minutes longer. Gradually beat in orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and room temperature gelatin. Fold in whipped topping. Pour over prepared crust.
In a mixing bowl, beat whipped topping and sugar. Beat in refrigerated gelatin (mixture will be thin). Chill for 30 minutes. Gently spoon over the filling (pan will be full). Refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight. 10-12 servings.

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