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Chocolaty Almond Cheesecake

 Chocolaty Almond Cheesecake
Dayna Henson from Tulsa, Oklahoma relates, "After serving this once, I'm asked to make again the next time. It has the most heavenly flavor."
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Milk chocolate kisses, unblanched whole almonds and additional whipped cream

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds and sugar; stir in
  • butter. Press onto the bottom and 1-3/4 in. up the sides of a
  • greased 9-in. springform pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a small saucepan, soften gelatin in milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved. Cool to
  • room temperature, about 6 minutes.

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Chocolaty Almond Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and almond extract
  • until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate and gelatin mixture. Fold in
  • whipped cream. Spoon into crust. Cover and chill for 6 hours or
  • overnight.
  • Just before serving, run a knife around edge of pan to loosen.
  • Remove sides of pan. Garnish with chocolate kisses, almonds and
  • additional whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.