A from-scratch taste using a mix... My sister clipped this from the local newspaper in December, 1981, and it became a Christmas tradition. Bake, don't bake or try one of the flavors - you choose your cheesecake.
1Generously coat sides of an 8" springform pan with 1 tbls. margarine about 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Coat sides with graham cracker crumbs from mix.
2Melt remaining margarine and mix with remaining graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Press mixture into bottom of the pan.
3In a small mixing bowl, combine no-bake cheesecake filling, either sour cream OR cream cheese, and milk. Beat at low speed of mixer until thoroughly blended; beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
4Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
6SOUR CREAM TOPPING: Combine 1 cup sour cream and 2 tbls. sugar. Spread on top of cheesecake before baking.
7NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE: Combine graham crackers from mix with 1/3 cup melted margarine and 3 tbls. sugar. Press against bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate. Prepare cheesecake filling as directed above; pour into crust and chill.
8ROCKY ROAD CHEESECAKE: Mix 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup mini marshmallows, and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts into beaten cheesecake filling.
9TOASTED COCONUT CHEESECAKE: Add 1/3 cup toasted coconut to beaten cheesecake filling mixture. Mix until well blended. Garnish with additional toasted coconut before serving.
10FRUIT-TOPPED CHEESECAKE: Prepare basic recipe as directed, but do not use the sour cream topping. Spread in prepared pan or pie plate. Top with 1 cup canned pie filling. Bake as directed above, or if making the no-bake version, chill until ready to serve.