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Cappuccino Cheesecake

 Cappuccino Cheesecake
Instead of pouring the decadent ganache over the top of this coffee-flavored cheesecake, I use most of it to cover the chocolate crust.—Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
16 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • GANACHE:
  • 1 package (10 ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup coffee liqueur
  • FILLING:
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Place cookies in a food processor. Cover and pulse until fine crumbs
  • form. Transfer to a bowl and stir in butter. Press onto the bottom

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Cappuccino Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • of a greased 10-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream
  • just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in
  • liqueur. Pour 1-3/4 cups over crust. Freeze for 30 minutes or until
  • firm. For garnishes, drop remaining ganache by teaspoonfuls onto
  • waxed paper-lined sheets; cover and refrigerate.
  • Dissolve coffee granules in rum. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese
  • and sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour, ground coffee, vanilla,
  • molasses and rum mixture. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Pour over ganache. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until center is almost set.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla;
  • spread over top of cheesecake. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire
  • rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to
  • loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, arrange garnishes over top.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 640 calories, 44 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 161 mg cholesterol, 319 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.