Almond Filled Cheesecake

Almond Filled Cheesecake

6 tablespoons butter; well chilled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 8.5 ounce package chocolate wafer cookies

1 12 ounce can almond filling

3 8 ounce packages cream cheese

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

2 pint fresh strawberries; sliced and sweetened

Generously butter a 9 inch springform pan. Finely crush chocolate cookies in food processor, using on/off turns. Cut in butter until mixture begins to gather together. Press crumbs into bottom of pan and up sides to 3/4 inch from top; make sure there are no cracks. Refrigerate crust for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325F. Bake crust 10 minutes, cool. Spread the crust with the almond filling. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition with electric mixer. Pour mixture carefully over almond layer, then bake about 65 minutes. Let cake cool for 1 hour, then refrigerate at least 5 hours. Cut into slices, top each serving with strawberries. 12 servings.

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