Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

A chocolate-lover’s dream!

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 16 cookies)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 – 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
20 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped

Directions

~Preheat oven at 325°.

~In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of greased 9-in. springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

~In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs. Beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in half of chopped cookies.

~Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining cookies. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

~Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer.

~Refrigerate overnight. Remove side of pan.


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