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  • Crust
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (if you can't find crumbs at your store, buy chocolate cookie wafers and make them yourself)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Cake Batter
  • 1-1 lb. pkg. frozen dark cherries, thawed
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup cognac
  • 3 lbs. softened (room temperature) cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 each large eggs


  • Crust Directions: Mix chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar and butter and mix well.
  • Place the entire crumb mix into the bottom of a greased 10" snap ring (spring form) pan.
  • Spread crumbs evenly over the bottom of the pan, pressing with the backs of your fingers to pack the crust.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and allow to cool.
  • Cake Directions: Preheat oven to 250
  • Melt butter in a large sauté pan
  • Add the brown sugar and cook until the sugar is melted
  • Add the cherries and cook until the sugar begins to caramelize
  • Add the cognac and reduce the sauce to a syrupy consistency and allow to cool
  • Place the cream cheese (it is very important that the cream cheese is at room temperature), vanilla, lemon juice and sugar into a large bowl and mix well until the cream cheese is smooth.
  • Add the eggs and beat until the eggs are incorporated and a creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Add the cooled cherry mixture and fold in gently
  • Pour the batter into the pan with the crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Tap the cake on a counter top to remove any air bubbles in the cake.
  • Wrap the cake pan in foil and place the cake into a large roasting pan and then into a preheated 250 oven. Pour very hot water into the roasting pan about half way up the cake pan.
  • Bake for approx. two hours. Turn the oven off and open the door for one minute.
  • Close the door and leave the cheesecake in the oven until the oven is cool.
  • Remove from oven and place directly in the refrigerator.
  • Chill for four hours before serving.
  • When cool, slide a knife around the sides of the pan before you release the spring.

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