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Howling Full-Moon Cheesecake

Howling Full-Moon Cheesecake recipe
photo by:kraft
Q: What's better on Halloween than bats in full flight against a full moon? A: A moon made of cheesecake, and bats made with chocolatey cookies!
time
prep:
20 min
total:
4 hr 20 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

28
 Halloween OREO Cookies, divided
1/4
cup  (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3
cups  cold milk, divided
2
pkg.  (4-serving size each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1-1/2
cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
 Yellow food coloring
4
 small hot cinnamon candies
 Decorating gel

Make It

CRUSH 26 of the cookies; mix with butter. Press firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup of the milk, beating until well blended after each addition. Add remaining 2 cups milk to dry pudding mixes in separate bowl. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Add to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Gently stir in whipped topping and 2 drops food coloring. Pour into crust; smooth top with spatula. Add a few additional drops of food coloring to top of cheesecake; spread lightly to create a shimmering full moon effect.

CUT remaining 2 cookies in half to resemble bats' wings. Add candies for the eyes, securing candies to cookies with decorating gel. Place "bats" on top of cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Run small knife or spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Remove rim of pan. Store in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Have fun decorating this cheesecake with your kids. Then enjoy a serving of this spooky Halloween dessert for a special treat.
Special Extra
For added flair, sprinkle orange-colored sugar around edge of cheesecake just before serving.
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