Gluten Free Animal Cracker Cheesecake
Here is an animal cracker cheesecake recipe inspired by this cheesecake recipe I found on Delish but has been modified to make it gluten free.
For the cheesecake crust, I used Goodie Girl Cookies Gluten Free Magical Animal Crackers. This would be a great recipe to try out with the kids because of the adorable animal cracker shapes!
For the Crust
2 cups (1 box) of Goodie Girl Cookies Gluten Free Magical Animal Cracker Cookies, finely crushed. Be sure to save a few for the garnish.
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
8oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 Large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill white rice flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
a couple of Goodie Girl Cookies Magical Animal Crackers, uncrushed
sprinkles (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In a large ziplock bag, crush up Magical Animal Crackers. In a large bowl, combine the crushed magical crackers, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Place in either an 8" or 9" springform pan or a regular cake pan lined with parchment paper. Bake crust for 10 - 12 minutes until it reaches a light gold color.
Reduce oven to 325 ° Fahrenheit. Prepare the filling of the cheesecake by mixing the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until no lumps remain. Add in one egg at a time to the mixture. Add in vanilla extract, sour cream, gluten-free flour, and salt and mix well. Pour mixture over crust and bake in the oven for about 1 and a half hours (90 minutes). Delish recommends baking until the center of the cheesecake only slightly jiggles.
Remove cheesecake from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for about 1 hour. Move cheesecake to the fridge to let cool for another 5 hours or overnight.
Remove cheesecake from the springform pan or cake pan and decorate with whipped cream, magical animal crackers, and sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!