8 1/2 oz Chocolate Wafers, Fine Crush
1/2 c Butter, Melted
12 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 c Heavy cream
16 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 c Sugar
4 Large Eggs
3/4 c Cherry Flavored Liqueur
1 ts Vanilla Extract
1 lb Cherry Pie Filling
1/2 c Heavy Cream Whipped (Opt.)
In large bowl, combine chocolate wafer crumbs and butter. Pat fimly
into 9-inch springform pan, covering bottom and 2 1/2 inches up
sides. Chill. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine over hot (not
boiling) water, chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir until morsels
are melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside. In large bowl, combine
cream cheese and sugar, beating untl creamy. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, cherry
liqueur, and vanilla, mix until blended. Pour into prepared crust.
Bake at 325 degrees F. for 60 minutes.Turn oven off. Let stand in
oven with door ajar 1 hour. Remove, cool completely. Chill 24 hours.
Spread cherry pie filling over top of cheesecake leaving 1-inch from
the edge. Decorate edge with whipped cream, if desired.