Chocolate praline cheesecake

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Pecan halves
3 tablespoons Butter or marg
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
Softened
1 cup Packed light brown sugar
⅓ cup Cocoa
3 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream

Prepare Chocolate Crust (see below). Set aside 12 pecan halves for garnish; finely chop remaining pecans (will have about ¾ cup). In medium skillet, melt butter; add chopped pecans. Saute over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until golden. Place pecans on paper towels to drain. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until well blended. Add cocoa; beat until blended. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in chopped pecans; pour into crust. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees; continue baking 45 minutes. With knife loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan. Refrigerate at least 6 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and pecan halves. Refrigerate leftovers. 10 to 12 servings.

Chocolate Crust

1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs ¼ cup powdered sugar ¼ cup cocoa ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted Heat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, stir together crumbs, powdered sugar and cocoa. Add butter; blend well. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes.

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