Once upon a time, family recipes were passed down through the generations.  But these days it’s so easy to Google a five star recipe for Ina Garten’s Maple Pecan Pie (“How bad can that be?”) that it hardly makes sense to pull out the old family cookbook.  However, there are some confections that are simply worth a bit of extra effort, and Aunt Nancy’s Amazing Cheesecake is one of them.  Plus Aunt Nancy is real (and would probably be pretty flattered if she wasn’t so mad that we’re letting the world in on her secret)…

The Grooming Box:
1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
16 ounces of softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup heavy cream, whipped (whip after measuring!)
The Hack:
Combine the vanilla wafer crumbs and the melted butter.  Press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees for ten minutes.  Combine the marshmallows and orange juice in a pan, then melt, stirring until smooth.  Chill until thickened.  Next, combine the cream cheese with the vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.  Whip in the marshmallow and orange juice mixture, then fold in the whipped cream.  Pour into the springform pan and chill for at least two hours.