10 to 12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together cookie crumbs and butter; press firmly into bottom of a 10" springform pan.

Step 2

Bake at 325° for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 3

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir coffee, liqueur, and vanilla into batter.

Step 4

Reserve 2 1/2 cups batter; pour remaining batter into crust.

Step 5

Stir melted chocolate into reserved batter. Spoon dollops of chocolate batter over coffee batter. Swirl batter gently with a knife.

Step 6

Place springform pan in a large round shallow pan, and add hot water to shallow pan to a depth of 2".

Step 7

Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until cheesecake is almost set. Turn off oven, and let cheesecake stand in closed oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven; gently run a knife around edges to loosen sides. Cool on a wire rack; cover and chill 8 hours.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004

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