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Amaretto Irish Cream Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Walt MM
Servings: 12
Categories: Alcohol / Cheesecakes / Desserts / Nuts

1 1/2  cups  vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2  cup  blanched almonds, roasted, finely chopped
1/4  cup  butter, melted
1  tablespoon  amaretto
24  ounces  cream cheese
1  cup  sugar
4    eggs
1/3  cup  whipping cream
1/3  cup  blanched almonds, toasted and ground
1/4  cup  Bailey's Irish Cream
1 1/2  cups  sour cream
1  tablespoon  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Combine first four ingredients. Firmly press mixture evenly on bottom of lightly greased 10-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool. Beat softened cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add one cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in whipping cream and next 3 ingredients. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes. Combine sour cream and next 2 ingredients. Stir and spoon over cake. Sprinkle 1/4 cup almonds around the edge. Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool; chill.

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