Grand Finale Cheesecake
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- chocolate covered toffee candy bars, crushed
- 4 pkg
- cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 c
- 2 Tbsp
- cocoa powder
- 5/8 tsp
- 1 tsp
- vanilla extract
- whipped topping
- 3/4 c
- graham cracker crumbs
- 2/3 c
- slivered almonds
- 2 Tbsp
- 1/4 c
- butter, melted
1Heat oven to 325.
2ALMOND CRUST: In medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, almonds and sugar.
3Stir in melted butter.
4Press mixture onto bottom and up side of 8" springform pan or round pan with removable bottom.
5In small microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate.
6Microwave on high 1 minute or until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.
7In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
8Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt; blend into cream cheese mixture.
9Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well blended.
10Add melted chocolate; beat just until blended.
11Pour into prepared ALMOND CRUST.
12Bake 35-40 minutes or until almost set.
13Remove from oven to wire rack.
14With knife, loosen cake from side of pan.
15Cool completely; remove side of pan.
16Refrigerate several hours before serving.
17Garnish with shipped cream, if desired.
18Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.