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Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: arlenes@holly.ColoState.EDU
Servings: 16
Categories: Cheesecakes / Chocolate / Desserts / Liqueurs / Nuts


1 1/2  cups  Chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
1  cup  Blanched almonds, lightly toasted and chopped
1/3  cup  Sugar
6  tablespoons  Butter, softened

24  ounces  Cream cheese, softened
1  cup  Sugar
1/3  cup  Heavy cream
1/2  cup  Amaretto
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
4    Eggs

2  cups  Sour cream
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
1  tablespoon  Sugar
1  cup  Blanched almonds, lightly

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine crumbs, almonds, sugar and butter. Pat mixture on bottom and sides of a 10 inch springform pan.

2. Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, heavy cream, amaretto liqueur, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat mixture until light. Pour into crust lined pan. Bake in middle of oven for 1-1/2 hours or until top of cake cracks and knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Let stand on rack 5 minutes.

3. Combine sour cream, vanilla, and sugar. Mix well and spread evenly over cake. Bake for 5 more minutes. Place on rack and let cool completely. Cover lightly with wax paper and let chill overnight. When ready to serve, remove sides from pan and garnish with toasted almonds around outer edge and on top of cake.

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