Cheesecake ( chocolate cherry )

Yield: 16 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8½ ounce Chocolate Wafers, Fine Crush
½ cup Butter, Melted
12 ounces Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1½ cup Heavy cream
16 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
¼ cup Sugar
4 \N Large Eggs
¾ cup Cherry Flavored Liqueur
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pounds Cherry Pie Filling
½ cup Heavy Cream Whipped (Opt.)

In large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter. Pat fimly into 9-inch springform pan, covering bottom and 2½ inches up sides. Chill. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine over hot (not boiling) water, chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside. In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar, beating untl creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, cherry liqueur, and vanilla, mix until blended. Pour into prepared crust. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 60 minutes.Turn oven off. Let stand in oven with door ajar 1 hour. Remove, cool completely. Chill 24 hours. Spread cherry pie filling over top of cheesecake leaving 1-inch from the edge. Decorate edge with whipped cream, if desired.

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