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“From Better Homes and Gardens.”
READY IN:
5hrs 25mins
SERVES:
10-12
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease the bottom and side of a 9-inch springform pan. Combine coconut and 1/4 cup pecans; stir in butter.
  3. Press onto bottom of pan. Bake about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350.
  4. Meanwhile, for filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, the water, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in yolks just until combined (do not overbeat). Pour into crust-lined pan. Place pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake about 25 minutes or until center appears nearly set when shaken. Remove from oven; sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans.
  5. Meanwhile, for meringue: Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine egg whites and salt. Beat on medium speed about 1 minute or until soft-peaks form. Slowly add marshmallow creme, beating on high speed about 4 minutes more or until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  6. When cheesecake comes out of oven, immediately spread meringue over hot cheesecake, carefully sealing to edge of pan. Return to oven; bake for 15 minutes more.
  7. Cool cheesecake in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Remove side of pan. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with milk chocolate curls.

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