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Strawberry Moscato Cheesecake

 For my hubby's birthday, you don't see special cookies made just for him because he's not a "sugar cookie kinda guy." I personally think he's crazy.  ;)  One of his favorite desserts is cheesecake. I have made plenty of no-bake cheesecakes in my day that have rocked.  Cheesecakes from scratch however, have always scared me.  I had to buy a special sping pan just to make it!  I decided I was going to face my fear with a little help and inspiration from The Pioneer Woman.  When I read her recipe for Blackberry Cheesecake, I knew I wanted to do something like it. 

PW's cheesecake called for Nilla Waffers but I used graham crackers for the crust with the pecans. Next time, I won't make such a thick crust.

I did follow her recipe for the filling and it was perfect.

For the topping, I put some strawberries, sugar and moscato wine (I LOVE muscato!) in a pot on the stove.  I let it boil for a few minutes and then poured it on top of the cake.  I think it was the best part!  I might even sneak some wine into the filling for the next one.  YUM! 

Happy Birthday honey!