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Chocolate Cheesecake

 Chocolate Cheesecake
Everyone's a chocolate lover when it comes to this special dessert. "It melts in your mouth!" and "Very smooth and fudgy!" are typical comments I've heard after guests take a bite. For a fun taste twist, spoon cherry or strawberry topping over each slice.
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Strawberries and white chocolate shavings, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter.
  • Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth.
  • Add eggs beat on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla and melted
  • chocolate just until blended. Pour filling over crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around
  • edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish slices with strawberries and chocolate shavings if desired.

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Chocolate Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.