Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

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READY IN: 1hr 50mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 3
    tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4
    (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 34
    cup sugar
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 1
    cup whipping cream
  • 1
    (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1
    cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl; press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 10 inch springform pan.
  • Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add sugar and almond extract; beat until smooth.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the whipping cream; blend well.
  • Spoon 3 1/2 cups of the cream cheese mixture into the crust lined pan, spreading evenly.
  • Carefully spread 1 cup of the pie filling evenly over the cream cheese layer; reserve the remaining pie filling for the topping.
  • Spoon remaining cream cheese mixture over the pie filling layer.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is set.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • Bring the other 1/2 cup of whipping cream to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  • Remove the sides of the springform pan.
  • Place cheesecake on the paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Spread the chocolate glaze evenly over the top of the cheesecake allowing some of the glaze to run down the sides.
  • Chill for at least 3 hours or over night.
  • Serve topped with the remaining pie filling.
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