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Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake

Prep time 29 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 25 mins
Other time 9 hrs
Yield Makes 12 servings
This decadent chocolate cheesecake recipe has a chocolate crumb crust and a creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with melted chocolate and almonds.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Garnish: slivered almonds

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; firmly press crumb mixture evenly into bottom and up sides of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

  2. Beat cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and flour, mixing well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate and almond extract; beat until well blended. Stir in sour cream, blending well. Pour into prepared crust.

  3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 225°; bake 1 hour or until cheesecake is almost set. Turn oven off, and partially open door; leave cake in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides.

  4. Place chocolate morsels and shortening in top of a double boiler; place over simmering water, and cook until chocolate melts, stirring often. Spoon glaze over cheesecake. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

  5. Tip: Dip knife into hot water for easier cutting.

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