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Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake

 Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake
A friend gave me this recipe and it's quickly become popular at our house. I enjoy making it when we entertain. My husband and I are dairy farmers and have three pre-school age children. I enjoy trying new recipes as well as yardwork and crafts. —Patricia Plett, Blumenort, Manitoba
12-16 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon brandy extract or McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Maraschino cherries and additional whipped cream and melted chocolate for garnish, optional

Directions

  • Combine crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of
  • a 9-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for
  • 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely
  • dissolved. Combine 1/3 cup gelatin mixture with pie filling and
  • almond extract; pour into crust and chill until set.

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Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • the melted chocolate, brandy extract and remaining gelatin mixture.
  • Fold in whipped cream; spread over cherry layer. Chill at least 3
  • hours.
  • Remove from pan. Garnish with the whipped cream, cherries and
  • chocolate if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 211 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.