Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake
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  1. 1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 18 cookies)*
  2. 6 tablespoons butter, melted*
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  5. 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 8 ounce package semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
  10. 2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed chocolate wafers, melted butter, and cinnamon; toss gently to mix. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and melted chocolate. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs just until combined. Stir in liqueur, whipping cream or milk, and vanilla.
  3. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.
  4. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen from side of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove side of springform pan. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. Makes 16 servings.
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  6. *
  7. If using a 10-inch springform pan, use 1-3/4 cups crushed chocolate wafers (about 21 cookies) and 7 tablespoons butter, melted, for the crust