Chocolate Crumb Crust

Cream Cheese Filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the crust ingredients and mix well.
  3. Press the crust into the bottom of a greased springform pan.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. In a double boiler, heavy bottomed small saucepan or heat-proof bowl placed over a pan of boiling water, melt the chocolate chips.
  7. Remove from the heat, add the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  8. Slightly beat the eggs in a bowl and add to the mixture. Blend well. Pour over the crust.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until the center is almost totally set. It will wiggle just slightly when done if you gently shake the pan.
  10. Turn the oven off and open the door and let the cake stand in the warm oven for 10 minutes, then place on a rack to cool.
  11. This gradual temperature change helps keep the top from cracking. Sometimes it cracks anyway, which is not a big deal.
  12. While the cake is still hot carefully run a thin knife around the edge to make sure it is not sticking to the pan.
  13. Cool completely, remove carefully from the pan and serve.