Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
8 1/2 oz Chocolate Wafers -- crush fine
1/2 c Butter -- Melted
12 oz Chocolate chips, semi-sweet
1 1/2 c Cream, heavy
16 oz Cheese, cream -- Softened
1/4 c Sugar
4 lg Eggs
3/4 c Cherry Flavored Liqueur
1 t Vanilla
1 lb Cherry Pie Filling
1/2 c Cream, heavy -- whipped (opt.)
In large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter. Pat firmly into 9-inch
springform pan, covering bottom and 2 1/2 inches up sides. Chill.
Preheat oven to 325ø F. Combine over hot (not boiling) water, chocolate chips
and heavy cream. Stir until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar, beating untl creamy. Add eggs,
one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, cherry
liqueur, and vanilla, mix until blended. Pour into prepared crust.
Bake at 325ø F. for 60 minutes. Turn oven off. Let stand in oven with door ajar
1 hour. Remove, cool completely. Chill 24 hours. Spread cherry pie filling over
top of cheesecake leaving 1-inch from the edge uncovered. Decorate edge with
whipped cream, if desired.