Make the cheesecake. Add room temperature cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat for 1 minute until nice and creamy. Add sugar and cornstarch and beat until combined. Add eggs, heavy cream and Baileys and beat for another minute or two. You want a nice, satiny mixture.
*Buy a pint of heavy whipping cream. After you use what you need for the cheesecake and ganache, you'll use what's remaining for the whipped cream topping.
*I didn't go crazy with stabilizing the whipped cream. I didn't want it to be too thick. I like the lightness. The confectioner's sugar should give it enough stability to last a day in the refrigerator. I generally just lightly sweeten the whipped cream.You can add additional confectioner's sugar, if you wish. This will add more sweetness and because there's cornstarch in the sugar, more stability.
*You can add more chopped cookies to the cheesecake batter if you choose. I wanted to leave room for cheesecake, but you can add a few more cookies if you'd prefer.
*Use the flat bottom of a measuring cup to help press your crumbs into the pie pan evenly. It's easier and faster than using your hands. You can use the side edge of the cup to help push the crust into sides and edges of the pan.
*If you want to insure that you don't have lumps in your cheesecake, make sure everything is at room temperature. Adding cold eggs or cold cream to your room temperature cream cheese will solidify bits of it.
*I added a bit of Bailey's to every part of this except the crust. The flavor runs throughout, but is mild due to the amount of Irish cream I used. If you want to make this a boozier dessert, you can add more to any or all parts of the recipe. You could add 2 more Tablespoons to the cheesecake. I might increase the cornstarch by another teaspoon. You could add another 2 Tablespoons to the ganache for a total of 3 Tablespoons. I would reduce cream to 2 ounces if you make that addition. You could also add another Tablespoon or two to the whipped cream.
*Want to go kid friendly? In the cheesecake layer, sub out the Baileys for the same amount of heavy cream. In the ganache layer and whipped topping layer, simply omit it.
*To get a nice clean cut when you're cutting your cookies in half, use a serrated bread knife and gently saw back and forth.
*To help you place the cookie halves evenly, imagine a clockface, then place a cookie half at each number of the clock. I started at 12 and 6, then did 3 and 9 and then filled in the rest of the numbers.
*To get a nice clean cut for your cheesecake, use a sharp, hot knife. I stand my knife in a tall mug of very hot water for a minute or two, then dry it off and cut. I put it back in the heated water as necessary to reheat for multiple cuts. Wipe the knife clean after each cut so that you're not dragging the remnants from your last slice through the slice you are currently cutting.
*If you don't want to cover your cheesecake with whipped cream and simply want a smooth ganache top, pour the ganache on when it's still a little warm and fluid. Then, tilt the pie pan around to get it to spread to the edges. You can even gently shake it to even it out.
*If you want to bake in a convection oven, bake at 325 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the center is almost set.
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