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Pistachio Cardamom Cheesecake

Cardamom has a sweet and warm taste that makes you think of clove, allspice and pepper all wrapped in one spice. Mix it with pistachios and add to cheesecake for a dessert that suggests the exotic flavors of India. —Carolyn Harkonnen, Loomis, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups finely crushed animal crackers
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 drop green food coloring, optional
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional
  • Additional chopped pistachios and animal cracker crumbs, optional

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and brown sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the milk, lemon juice, cardamom and, if desired, food coloring. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in pistachios. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; loosen edges from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove rim from pan. Top cheesecake with whipped cream and sprinkle with pistachios and cracker crumbs if desired.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without garnishes): 375 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 259mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • Regina
    Dec 12, 2019

    no stars. Not even a hint of sweetness! I double checked ingredients to be sure it wasn't missing something. Tasted like bread?!

  • Zainab
    Jun 1, 2019

    No comment left

  • VienneM
    Jul 3, 2017

    YUM!! So delicious. I will make again!!

  • dessertdreamer
    Mar 13, 2013

    No comment left

  • bandit83
    Jun 26, 2012

    outstanding my family loved it!

  • kelharr
    Apr 3, 2012

    Amazing!!