Chocolate Crème Oreo Cheesecake
12 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg. (8 squares) semisweet baking chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
20 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies, quartered
Press crushed cookie crumbs onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325ºF. for 10 minutes if using a silver springform pan. (Bake at 300ºF. for 10 minutes if using a dark nonstick springform pan.) Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Blend in melted chocolate. Add eggs, mixing on low speed just until blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the quartered cookies. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining quartered cookies.
Bake at 325ºF. for 1 hour or until center is almost set if using a springform pan. (Bake at 300ºF. for 1 hour or until center is almost set is using a dark nonstick springform pan.) Run knife or metal spatula around
rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan.
Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.