This amaretto cheesecake will turn skeptics into believers! Just in time for Valentine's day, here is one of our favorite dessert recipes yet. 



For the Crust:

1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup finely ground almonds
½ cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar

Combine all ingredients. Press onto the bottom of and ¾ inches up the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan.

For the Filling:

3 eight-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
½ cups melted butter
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup Amaretto liqueur

For the Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 

Preheat oven to 450⁰F.  Let cheese and eggs come to room temperature.  Beat together cream cheese and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.   Blend in butter, almond extract, and Amaretto.  Turn mixture into spring-form pan, and bake 20-25 min.  Cool on a rack.  Refrigerate at least 12 hours before serving.  Remove sides of pan.

To make whipped cream, whip ingredients on medium high speed for 5 minutes, then fold in almonds (reserving several for garnish). Place large dollop of whipped cream in center of cake and garnish with toasted almonds. Serve chilled.


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