Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

1 1/2 C. crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (about 18 cookies such as Oreos)

2 T. butter, melted

3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

1 C. sugar

1 t. vanilla

8 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted slightly and cooled

1/4 C. hazelnut liqueur (optional)

3 eggs

For Crust: Mix crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake in preheated 325-degree oven 10 minutes.

For Filling: Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Blend in melted chocolate and liqueur. Add eggs, mixing on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust.

Bake in preheated 325°F. oven 55 to 60 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Makes 12 servings.

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