Sensational Irish Cream Cheesecake

8. Sensational Irish Cream Cheesecake
It is truly sensational and too good to only make for St Patrick's Day!
  • 1 3/4 cups finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 recipe filling, (as follows)
  • 3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Irish cream liqueur, (up to 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Grease a 9-inch spring form pan.

For the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter in a medium bowl; stir until crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared pan.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese and sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the liqueur.

Combine 1/2 cup morsels and flour in small bowl; gently stir into the cream cheese mixture. Pour into the crust. Sprinkle the remaining morsels on top.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the edge is set but the center still moves slightly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the side of the pan. Cover; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.

For Sensational Mocha Cheesecake, SUBSTITUTE 1/4 cup half-and-half or milk, 2 tablespoons cooled coffee and 1 teaspoon almond extract for the liqueur. Prepare as above.

  • Yields: 16 servings
  • Preparation Time: 40 minutes plus refrigeration time

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