Chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake

Yield: 1 Cake

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Vanilla wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers, crushed)
¼ cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
¼ cup Powdered sugar
¼ cup Butter or margarine; melted
24 ounces Cream cheese; softened
1 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
1 cup Canned pumpkin
4 Eggs
1½ cup HERSHEY'S MINI CHIPS (Semi-Sweet Chocolate)
Non-toxic leaves
½ cup HERSHEYS'S MINI CHIPS (Semi-Sweet Chocolate)

CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST

FILLING

CHOCOLATE LEAVES (OPTIONAL

Prepare CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST. Increase oven temperature to 400 F. In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat until well blended. Stir in small chocolate chips; pour batter into prepared crust. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250øF; continue baking 50 minutes. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan.

Refrigerate before serving. Prepare and garnish with CHOCOLATE LEAVES, if desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake. 10 to 12 servings.

CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST: Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers), ¼ cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa, ¼ cup powdered sugar and ¼ cup (½ stick) melted butter or margarine. Press mixture firmly onto bottom and ½ inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes; cool slightly CHOCOLATE LEAVES: Thoroughly wash and dry several non-toxic leaves. In small microwave-safe bowl, place ½ cup HERSHEY'S MINI CHIPS Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred. With small soft-bristled pastry brush, brush melted chocolate on backs of leaves. (Avoid getting chocolate on leaf front; removal may be difficult when chocolate hardens.) Place on wax paper-covered cookie sheet; refrigerate until very firm.

Beginning at stem, carefully pull green leaves from chocolate leaves; refrigerate until ready to use. Hershey's is a registered trademark of Hershey Foods Corporation.

Recipe may be reprinted courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens.

Meal-Master compatible recipe format by Karen Mintzias (km@...)

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