Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake

The Crust:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted

The Filling:

  • 4 pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 oz melted good quality dark chocolate (I used Valrhona)
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Ganache:

  • 4 oz melted good quality dark chocolate
  • 4 oz Bailey’s Irish ream

Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix crust ingredients and press evenly into bottom of 10″ springform pan.  Set aside.

Cream the cheese until light and fluffy.  Mix in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add sugar and then the melted chocolate.  Add the Bailey’s, mixing until smooth and light.

Pour into pan and bake 60 – 70 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Mix Bailey’s with melted chocolate.  Spread ganache on top and refrigerate.