Mocha Almond Dessert

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Preparation time: 20 minutes plus freezing
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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 10-12 servings


•1 cup cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
•1/4 cup sugar
•1/4 cup butter, melted
•1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
•1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
•2/3 cup chocolate syrup
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
•1 tablespoon hot water
•1 cup whipped topping
•1/3 cup chopped Diamond of California® Almonds, toasted
•Chocolate-covered coffee beans, optional


•In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.
• In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, chocolate syrup and vanilla until smooth. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water; beat into cream cheese mixture. Fold in whipped topping and almonds. Pour over crust. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
• Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Garnish with coffee beans if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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