Festive Irish Cream Cheesecake
graham cracker crumbs
unflavored gelatin (1 envelope)
cream cheese, softened
whipping cream, whipped
Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
Soften gelatin in water, stir over low heat until dissolved.
Blend in 3/4 cup sugar and beaten egg yolks; cook stirring constantly, over low heat, 3 minutes.
Combine cream cheese and cocoa, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended.
Gradually add gelatin mixture and bourbon, mixing until well blended.
Chill until thickened, but not set.
Beat egg whites until foamy; gradually adding the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
Fold egg whites and whipped cream into cheese mixture and pour over crust.
Garnish with chocolate curls and small silver candy balls, if desired.
VARIATION: Substitute 2 tablespoons cold coffee for bourbon or if you want something festive for St. Patrick's Day, try Bailey's!