Mocha Truffle Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
Filling
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 (8-oz.) containers sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules or crystals
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 44 square milk chocolate truffles with a smooth filling (from three 3.5-oz. pkg.)
Topping
  • 4 oz. white chocolate baking bar
  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press in bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.

2 _ Melt bittersweet chocolate as directed on package. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly cooled. In large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Add cooled chocolate; mix well. Add 2 containers sour cream, instant coffee granules, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Stir in 36 of the truffles. Pour into crust-lined pan.

3 _ Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 55 minutes or until edges are set. Turn off oven; let stand in oven with door slightly ajar for 10 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate 3 hours or until chilled.


4 _ Before serving, remove sides of pan. Melt white chocolate baking bar as directed on package. Add about half of the container of sour cream; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining sour cream. Spread over top of cooled cheesecake.

5 _ Cut remaining 8 truffles in half diagonally. Place cut side down around edge of cheesecake.

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