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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 (9-ounce) package chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups whipping cream, divided use
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup cherry liqueur
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling


In a large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and melted butter. Pat firmly into a 9-inch springform pan, covering the bottom and halfway up the sides; refrigerate while preparing filling.

Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).

In a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate chips and 11/2 cups cream; stir until smooth. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate mixture, cherry liqueur, and vanilla; mix until blended. Pour into the prepared crust.

Bake for 60 minutes. Turn the oven off and let stand in oven with door open for 1 hour. Remove from oven, wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Spread cherry pie filling over the top of cheesecake 1-inch from the edge. Decorate the edge with remaining cream whipped to soft peaks

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