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This filling requires a 10-inch springform pan.
Southern Living DECEMBER 1998
Stir together first 3 ingredients; press mixture into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.
Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Cool.
Beat cream cheese, eggs, and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in coconut, milk chocolate morsels,1/2 cup almonds, and vanilla. Pour into pan.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
Place semisweet morsels in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Submerge bag in warm water until morsels melt. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over cheesecake.
Cover and chill 8 hours. Chill up to 5 days, if desired. Garnish, if desired.
NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used Nabisco chocolate wafers.
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