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HEART OF DARKNESS CHEESECAKE RECIPEThis decadent chocolate cheesecake recipe is from the award-winning food blogger, Rachel. She has been sharing her original mouth watering recipes, helpful cooking tips, and illustrated tutorials since 2004. For more information visit Rachel's Blog, Coconut & Lime.

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups of Intensely Dark Chocolate Icebox Cookie crumbs*
6 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled slightly

For the cheesecake:
6 large eggs
2 lbs cream cheese
1 lb sour cream
3 oz 85% dark chocolate, melted and cooled
2 cups granulated white sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. For the crust, mix the crumbs and the butter until damp. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Set aside.

3. For the cheesecake, in a large bowl, slowly cream together the chocolate, cocoa, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla. Add the eggs and sour cream, mix thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan. Allow to sit 2 minutes, then tap the pan on the counter to encourage any air bubbles to come to the surface and burst.
4. Bake 2 hours or until the surface is mostly set- the middle inch or so might still look not even less set, almost jiggly**. Remove to the counter and run a knife or thin spatula around the edge of the pan. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until firm. Refrigerate leftovers.

* Pulse halved cookies in a food processor until they resemble coarse sand.
** Overbaking or poking the center might result in a crack. Resist the urge. Alternately, cover or cut around the crack.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008

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