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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

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Servings: 16
Categories: Cheesecakes / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:

Vanilla Wafer Crust
2  cups  vanilla wafer crumbs
4  tablespoons  butter, melted
2  tablespoons  lemon peel, grated
2  tablespoons  sugar

Filling
5    semisweet chocolate square
24  ounces  cream cheese, softened
3/4  cup  sugar
3    eggs
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1  cup  sour cream

Directions:
1. Prepare Vanilla Cookie Crust. Mix all ingredients together. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of a buttered 9-inch springform pan.

2. Melt chocolate over hot, not boiling, water; cool.

3. Preheat oven to very slow (275~).

4. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Stir in cooled melted chocolate and sour cream until blended. Pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake in preheated very slow oven (275~) for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Turn off heat; let cake cool in oven with door ajar. Remove from oven to wire rack; cool to room temperature; refrigerate. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if you wish.


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