Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Yield: Serves 8-10
- 1-1/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, gelatin and salt in medium saucepan. Blend in milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and egg yolks and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture almost comes to a boil and gelatin is completely dissolved.
Remove from heat and, with electric mixer, beat in both packages of cream cheese, lemon juice and vanilla, until smooth and fluffy.
Chill in refrigerator until mixture is thickened, but not completely set, about 30-40 minutes.
In small bowl, beat 1-1/4 cups whipping cream with powdered sugar until thick. Using same beaters, beat the chilled cream cheese custard mixture until smooth, then fold in the whipped cream.
Spoon into cooked cookie crust and sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup crumbs. Chill for at least three hours before serving, and store in refrigerator.
For a shortcut for the crust, crush 30 golden sandwich cookie wafers and combine with 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix well, then reserve 1/3 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture into the 9" pie pan. Continue with recipe, adding filling to crust, and sprinkle top with reserved 1/4 cup crumb mixture. Chill thoroughly.