This is my favorite cookbook. We got it as a wedding present and it's living proof that while the south may not be perfect, they certainly can cook.
For some strange reason I had an overabundance of cream cheese and so I browsed the book until I found a recipe for "Rich Chocolate Cheesecake". It did not disappoint.
For the Crust:
1 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1/ 3 cup melted butter
Mix well and press into a 10 inch spring form pan. Bake @ 350 for 6-8 minutes
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
32 oz soften cream cheese
2 cups sugar
1 Tb cocoa
2 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz sour cream
Melt chocolate in the microwave (I cook for 20-30 seconds at a stir, and return to microwave until smooth and creamy). Beat cream cheese until light an fluffy. Slowly add sugar. Mix well. Add eggs 1 at a time. Stir in chocolate cocoa and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in sour cream. Mix well. Pour on top of crust and bake @300 for 1 hour and 40 minutes (that's seemed like a really long time, but it wasn't over done). Let cool to room temperature on wire rack. Chill at least 8 hours. Garnish as desired. (For me that means lots of whipped cream)
It was yummy!
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