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Chocolate Fudge-Mint Cheesecake

This Chocolate Fudge-Mint Cheesecake recipe was a finalist in the Better Homes and Garden’s & Nestlé Toll House “Share the Very Best Recipe” contest. Submitted by Edythe Sundberg of San Diego, CA, her prize winning cheesecake features semi-sweet chocolate morsels, cream cheese and crème de menthe.

Chocolate Fudge-Mint Cheesecake
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  • Skill Level
    Intermediate
  • Makes
    12
    to 16 servings
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Ingredients

  • COOKIE CRUST:
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies with mint and white filling
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup crème de menthe
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 pkg. of chocolate sandwich cookies with mint and white filling

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 325º F.

FOR COOKIE CRUST:
COMBINE
cookies and melted butter in medium mixer bowl until well mixed. Press cookie mixture onto bottom and 2-inches up side of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Place pan on baking sheet; bake for 10 minutes; cool on wire rack.

FOR FILLING:
MELT
morsels in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute. STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Cool slightly.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in a large mixer bowl until well mixed. Gradually add crème de menthe, vanilla extract and melted morsels; beat until smooth. Stir in eggs until just combined. Pour filling over cookie crust.

BAKE for 50 to 55 minutes or until 2-inch area around outside edge appears set when gently shaken. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Run knife around edge of cheesecake; cool for additional 30 minutes. Remove side of pan; cool cheesecake completely on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

FOR TOPPING:
TOP
edge of cheesecake with coarsely chopped sandwich cookies, if desired.