Sunday, May 12, 2024

Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake


When your 90-year-old mother asks for cheescake for Mother's Day, you make a cheesecake. It's the law. It might even be in the Bible. I know this is not remotely pottery related! I couldn't even bake it in a stoneware pan - you need a springform pan for cheesecake. but I made a cheesecake, it was amazing, and I want to share it with you. 

Chocolate Almond Cheesecake


  • 1/2 package of chocolate wafer cookies
  • 3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
You'll also need cooking spray
  • 3 packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, melted in double boiler
Preheat oven the 325°.
Grind cookies in food processor to coarse crumbs. Melt butter in microwave (takes about 30 -45 seconds) Mix crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and chopped almonds well in batter bowl. Spray interior of springform pan with cooking spray. Press mixture into bottom of springform pan. Bake 10 minutes, then remove from over & place on cooling rack. 

Meanwhile, put softened cream cheese in bowl & beat with stand mixer or hand mixer until creamy. Add sugar & beat until uniform beige color. Add eggs, milk, and almond extract; beat until well blended. Mix in melted chocolate. 
Pour into crust.
Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes (at least, that's what the original recipe said. In my oven, it was more like 45 minutes.) until the center barely jiggles. Turn off oven, crack open door but leave cheesecake inside for an hour or more, to cool slowly. 
Cover with foil & place in refrigerator to chill overnight.

Enjoy. I plan to have the last piece for breakfast! 

PS! I meant to mention, I swapped out the amaretto for almond extract, because we're an alcohol-free household. Tastes exactly the same!
Just seeing if you're paying attention. 😄


Barbara Rogers said...

where's the Amaretto?

Lori Watts said...

Oh - I meant to mention! The original recipe called for amaretto, but we are an alcohol-free household, so I substituted almond extract. Honestly taste exactly the same.