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Holiday Cherry Cheesecake

A sumptuous and enticing cheesecake perfect for the holidays.

1/3 cup sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 (8-oz each) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon brandy extract
2 eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream, whipped
Maraschino cherries with stems
  • Combine 1/3 cup sugar with crumbs and butter; blend well.  Press into 10 (5 oz. custard cups to within ¼-inch of top, using the back of spoon.
  • Beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in 2/3 cup sugar.  Add 1/3 cup heavy cream, flour and seasonings.  Beat until blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
  • Spoon filling into graham shells; place on baking sheet.  Bake at 325˚F for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool completely.  Loosen edges with spatula; chill until serving time.
  • Remove from custard cups.  If you wish, you may garnish with whipped cream before putting on cherries.  Makes 10 servings.