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Grand Marnier Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Recipe courtesy of Pheasant Inn, Erwinna, PA
Servings: 12
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts

1 3/4  cups  graham cracker crumbs
1  cup  granulated sugar
2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
1  stick  unsalted butter, at room temperature
24  ounces  cream cheese
1  cup  sour cream
1/8  teaspoon  salt
1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
4  large  eggs
1/3  cup  Grand Marnier

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Adjust rack 1/3 from top of oven. Generously butter a 9 x 2 1/2 inch spring form pan. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Melt 1 stick of butter. Add to the mixture and stir. Press mixture around sides of pan with your thumbnail. Leave 1/2 inch uncovered. Press mixture onto the bottom. Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

2. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cheese until soft and smooth. Add sour cream and beat well. Add 2/3 cup sugar and beat until smooth. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat well after each addition. Remove from mixer and stir in the liqueur. Pour filling into the crumb crust. Level and smooth top with spatula. Bake 60 minutes. Remove and cool. Remove from spring pan to serve.

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