Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cold water
2 containers (8-oz each) soft-style cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 Tbsp. Amaretto liqueur
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup cold whipped cream
coconut nut crust
sweetened whipped cream

Coconut Nut Crust
1 cup coconut crisp cookies
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 stick sweet butter

In small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand 1 minute. Cook over low heat stirring, until gelatin is dissolved.

In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on med speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Add cocoa, liqueur and vanilla; beat until smooth. Gradually add gelatin mixture beat until blended.

In small mixer bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff, fold in chocolate mixture. Pour over coconut nut crust, refrigerate until firm, about 6 hours.

Garnish with sweetened whipped cream

Coconut nut crust: Heat oven to 350° F. In small bowl, stir together coconut cookies crumbs, ground almonds and butter, press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

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