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Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

My family enjoys a good meal, but we all save room for dessert when this cheesecake is part of the menu. Its rich chocolate flavor is so satisfying when we're craving something sweet and creamy. -Jeri Dobrowski, Beach, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan; chill.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon extract and remaining cocoa. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Pour into crust. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until the 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. Remove sides of pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Sprinkle with almonds. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 397 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • doreensanzone
    Nov 26, 2015

    Perennial holiday dessert for our family. Pretty as a picture, and tastes as good as it looks. Very easy to make too. Highly recommend!

  • rena 55
    Jun 19, 2015

    Cheesecake is the way to finish any meal! This recipe is tasty. I've changed the crust by leaving out the chocolate or using vanilla wafers for the crust.

  • artzeme
    Mar 28, 2015

    My family's favorite dessert recipe of all time!!