chocolate wafers, crushed
semi-sweet chocolate chips
cream cheese, softened
heavy cream, whipped (optional)
1In large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter; pat firmly into 9-inch springform pan, covering bottom and 2 1/2 inches up sides, then chill.
2Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
3Combine over hot (not boiling) water, chocolate chips and heavy cream; stir until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth then set aside.
4In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar, beating until creamy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5Add chocolate mixture and vanilla, mix until blended.
6Pour into prepared crust; bake at 325 for 60 minutes.
7Turn oven off and let stand in oven with door ajar 1 hour; remove, cool completely then chill 24 hours - Decorate edge with whipped cream, if desired.
Originally Posted: Sat, Oct 1, 2011