Amaretto Cheesecake

Recipe from Taste of the South
Amaretto Cheesecake
YIELD
One (10-inch) cheesecake, approximately 16
PREP TIME
25 mins
TOTAL TIME
14 hrs 55 mins
Ingredients
    Crust:
    • 1 3/4 cups vanilla-wafer crumbs
    • 1 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped
    • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    Filling:
    • 4 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 6 large eggs
    • 3 8 ounce container sour cream
    • 1/3 cup Amaretto
    Topping:
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 cup sliced almonds
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
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    Directions
    1. 
    Combine first four ingredients in a mixing bowl; stir. Press firmly in bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Chill.
    2. 
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    3. 
    Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well.
    4. 
    Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    5. 
    Add sour cream and Amaretto, beating at low speed until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
    6. 
    Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes; turn oven off. Leave in oven with door closed for 4 hours.
    7. 
    Melt remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium heat on stovetop. Add remaining almonds and sugar. Cook until almonds are golden, stirring often. Cool.
    8. 
    Remove cheesecake from oven. Gently run a knife around edge of pan to release sides. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle topping over cheesecake. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
    9. 
    Remove sides of pan before serving.
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