Chocolate Almond CheesecakeWhether you are looking for an elegant dessert recipe for a special occasion or you just want to impress your family or friends, you can’t go wrong with this decadent cheesecake from Taste of Home. It is sure to become a favorite that will be requested again and again!

2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

FILLING:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup milk
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (11.5 ounce) package milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Milk chocolate kisses, unblanched whole almonds and additional whipped cream

1. In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1-3/4 inch up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. In a small saucepan, soften gelatin in milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, about 6 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and almond extract until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate and gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream; spoon into crust. Cover and chill for 6 hours or overnight.

4. Just before serving, run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with chocolate kisses, almonds and additional whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 12 servings.

Emily

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