*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                   LUSCIOUS ALMOND CHEESECAKE (overnight)
 
 Recipe By     : Brenda Clifford (Taste of Home Apr/May 95)
 Serving Size  : 16   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cheesecakes
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         CRUST
    1 1/4  cups          crushed vanilla wafers
      3/4  cup           finely chopped almonds
      1/4  cup           sugar
      1/3  cup           butter -- melted
                         FILLING
    4      packages      (8 oz each) cream cheese -- softened
    1 1/4  cups          sugar
    4                    eggs
    1 1/2  teaspoons     almond extract
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
                         TOPPING
    2      cups          (16 oz) sour cream
      1/4  cup           sugar
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
      1/8  cup           toasted sliced almonds
 
 In a bowl, combine wafers, almonds and sugar; add the butter and mix well.
 Press into the bottom of an ungreased 10-in springform pan; set aside. In a
 large mixing bowl, beat cream sheese and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one
 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extracts; beat just until
 blended. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until center is
 almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 mintues. Combine sour
 cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over filling. Return to the oven for 5
 minutes. Cool on a wire rack; chill overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle
 with almonds and remove sides of pan. Store in the refrigerator.
 
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