Almost Famous Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake
20 vanilla cream-filled, sandwich style cookies
1/4 cup margarine, melted
24 oz cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
Process cookies in a blender with pulses to finely chop. Add margarine and process with pulses until thoroughly combined. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10" springform pan; refrigerate. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in sugar and cornstarch. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in bananas, whipping cream, and vanilla. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Place pan on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F and bake an additional 75 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool completely before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate cheesecake, uncovered, at least 6 hours.
Note: To dress up this cheesecake, think about adding fresh bananas on top, or sauté them with rum and brown sugar. Or, thin out Nutella with heavy cream and use a squeeze bottle to decorate the top of the cheesecake.