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Amaretto-Irish Cream Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup blanched whole almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto

Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup blanched whole almonds, toasted and ground
  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1/4 cup amaretto

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients; firmly press mixture evenly on bottom of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Beat softened cream cheese at high speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  6. Stir in whipping cream and next 3 ingredients.
  7. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes; turn oven off, and leave in oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Combine sour cream, the 1 tablespoon sugar and vanilla extract; stir, and spoon over cake.
  9. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup almonds around edge.
  10. Bake at 500 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  11. Cool; chill.

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