Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake
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Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake with fresh strawberries, a simple and smooth cheesecake filling, a sweet NILLA Wafer crust and beautiful strawberry flowers decorated on top.
NILLA Wafers always bring back childhood memories for myself. My grandmother would frequently make various cream cheese dips with NILLA Wafers on the side for family gatherings and holidays. The texture and sweetness of NILLA Wafers are so delicious. NILLA Wafers are crispy but still melt in your mouth, which kind of make them the perfect treat for young kids. My own children definitely beg for them during snack time. I love them because they are simple and make the most wonderful pie crusts!
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Your local Walmart will have all the ingredients for your Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake. To find those delicious NILLA Wafers, check out the cracker/cookie aisle. Look for the bright yellow box. I bought the original today but the reduced fat or minis will also work well with this cheesecake. The minis would actually be fantastic so pick up whichever one you would like.
How to make the Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake:
- Make the crust with crumbled NILLA Wafers and melted butter, press into the bottom of your spring form pan.
- Line fresh sliced strawberries around the edge of the pan.
- Pour half your cheesecake filling into pan. Make sure that your cream cheese is softened and not directly from the fridge when blending to ensure a smooth texture.
- Make a layer of sliced strawberries.
- Make a layer of NILLA Wafers.
- Pour the remainder of cheesecake filling on top.
Easy enough, right? Bake on 325 degrees for 1 hour, 20 minutes. Once the cheesecake cools, decorate as you wish.
Should you do a water bath for the cheesecake or not? This is up to you. When I know I am decorating the top of a cheesecake, I don’t worry about the water bath so much but it never hurts to do one! For a water bath while baking, place a large piece of foil on the bottom and up the sides of the spring form pan. You then will place that on top of a large pan that is filled with hot water. This can help reduce cracking of the cheesecake from steam while in the oven.
Watch the short video below to learn how easy it is to make a strawberry flower garnish on top of your beautiful Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake. Little touches like these flower strawberries can really make a dessert special and it will be a topic for discussion amongst your friends and family.
I look forward to this spring season ahead to enjoy time with friends and family and can’t wait to make this recipe again for everyone. Easter and Mother’s Day are just around the corner and a delicious Strawberry and NILLA Wafer Layered Cheesecake will just be so perfect and I know everyone will be in love with the strawberry flowers.
NILLA Wafers also makes a premade crust available at Walmart. If you would like to use the premade crust, follow all instructions below besides the following. You will need to separate the cheesecake filling batch into two separate pie crusts and reduce the cooking time to 35 minutes on 350 degrees since these will be smaller cheesecakes. The cheesecake filling, layering and decoration can all stay the same. The layered cheesecake will be fantastic no matter what you do! I cannot wait to see how yours turns out.
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