Pistachio White Chocolate Cheesecake

Smooth cheesecake punctuated with nutty pistachio for a nice kick.
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Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • Crust
  • 1¼ cups bordeaux cookies
  • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup Nature's EatsShelled Pistachios, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Nature's Eats Almond Extract
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  • Filling
  • 3-8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs 6 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup Nature's Eats Shelled Pistachios, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all crust ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Press firmly in bottom and 1 inch up sides of the 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F Remove and allow to cool.
  • Wrap outside bottom and sides of pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar. Beat until mixture is very soft. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Add white chocolate. Beat until combined. Do not over-beat*. Reserve 2 tablespoons Nature's Eats Shelled Pistachios. Stir in remaining Nature's Eats Shelled Pistachios. Pour mixture into crust and sprinkle remaining pistachios on top.
  • Place pan in a larger pan such as a roasting pan. Pour boiling water into larger pan until ½ inch deep. Place in oven and bake 1½ hours. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, release sides of springform pan, and transfer cheesecake to a serving plate. Cut into wedges.