Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

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Preparation time: 15 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 65 minutes plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12-16 servings


•1-1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 wafers)
•1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
•1/3 cup baking cocoa
•1/3 cup butter, melted

•3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
•1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•4 eggs, lightly beaten
•2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
•Whipped cream and additional chocolate chips, optional


•Combine all crust ingredients and press onto the bottom and 2-in. up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan; chill.
• For filling, beat the cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chips. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
• Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
• Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate chips if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.


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