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No-bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Hershey Foods Corporation
Servings: 12
Categories: Cheesecakes / Chocolate / Desserts

5  ounces  almonds, or pecans (see
3/4  cup  vanilla wafer cookies, crushed into
    crumbs; about 25 wafers; (see Note)
1/4  cup  confectioners' sugar
1/4  cup  butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2  cups  HERSHEY'S semi-sweet chocolate chips
11  ounces  cream cheese, softened (1-8 oz.
    package and 1-3 oz. package)
1/3  cup  sugar
1/4  cup  butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla
1  cup  heavy or whipping cream
    grated chocolate, (optional)
1  teaspoon  unflavored gelatin
1  tablespoon  cold water
2  tablespoons  boiling water
1  cup  heavy or whipping cream
2  tablespoons  sugar
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1/2  cup  canned peaches in syrup, drained and diced

Prepare Crumb-Nut Crust (directions follow); set aside. Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water, stirring until smooth. Combine cream cheese and sugar in large mixer bowl; add butter, beating until smooth. Blend in vanilla. Beat in melted chocolate all at once. Whip cream until stiff; fold into chocolate mixture. Spoon into prepared crust; chill while preparing Peach Topping (directions follow). Spoon topping onto chocolate layer and chill thoroughly. Garnish with grated chocolate. Crumb-Nut Crust (first 4 ingredients): If using almonds, toast in shallow baking pan at 350 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently; cool. Chop nuts very finely in food processor or blender (you should have 1 cup). Combine nuts with wafer crumbs and confectioners' sugar in medium bowl; drizzle with melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 1/2 inches up side of 9-inch springform pan. Note: You may substitute 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs for the nuts and vanilla wafer crumbs. Peach Topping (last 7 ingredients): sprinkle gelatine onto cold water in small glass dish; allow to stand a few minutes to soften. Add boiling water and stir until gelatine is dissolved. Whip cream and sugar until stiff; beat in gelatine mixture and vanilla. Fold in diced peaches.

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