Paradise Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake

pineapple coconut cherry cheesecake
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

This movie has pirates, curses, action, comedy, lovers, and style, but the real star of this movie is Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the drag-a-lious Captain Jack. Those were the days when pirates roamed the Caribbean and caused chaos, kind of like what’s happening today. Inspired by "Pirates of the Caribbean, our “Paradise Cheesecake” recipe brings you the favors of the Caribbean and tastes like paradise!

½ cup crushed walnuts3 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ package graham crackers (about 27 crackers), crushed
3 tablespoon butter, melted
2 ½ -8oz packages of cream cheese
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs – room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoons sugar
1 -4oz container of sour cream
1 -20oz can of sweetened crushed pineapple
1 small jar maraschino cherries (the ones used for ice cream topping)
½ cup of toasted coconut (spread coconut on baking sheet & toasted in oven until light golden, about 5 minutes)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain crushed pineapple reserving juice. Set aside.

Combined walnuts, graham crackers, 3 tablespoons sugar, and butter in a bowl, mix well. Using a 9x13 baking dish, pour in mixture. Spread out evenly on bottom and sides of dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Add to a large bowl cream cheese, pineapple juice, vanilla, and rum flavor, eggs, sugar, lemon peel, and sour cream. Mix on full speed with electric mixer for at least 8 minutes. Pour cream cheese mixture over graham cracker crust, and spread out evenly.

Bake 50 minutes or until center is cooked, test in the center of dish with a fork. If it comes out clean, it’s ready. Let cool for an hour.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Remove from refrigerator and top with pineapple, cherries, and coconut. Spread out evenly.

Serves 18.

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