Here's a holiday treat the whole family is sure to love. I hope you enjoy it!
1 package Famous Chocolate Wafers
1½ pounds cream cheese
1-pint sour cream
1 5/8 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter (melted)
2½ teaspoons vanilla- preferably vanilla bean paste
Before you begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- To make the crust, crush chocolate wafers until you have about a cup and a half (that will take about 6 ounces of wafers). Mix in a quarter cup of sugar, a pinch of salt, and the melted butter. Using your fingers, pat this mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan, making it even all around. Put the pan into the freezer for 15 minutes (it will keep here, covered, for a couple of months). Bake for 10 minutes, just to crisp the crust. Remove the pan and turn the oven down to 300 degrees.
- Beat the cream cheese with a cup of sugar, the eggs, and 1½ teaspoons of vanilla until you have a completely smooth mixture. Pour it into the crust and bake for about 50 minutes, or until the cheese is set on the edges but still a bit wobbly in the middle. Remove the cake from the oven (leave the oven on) and cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, mix the sour cream with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Spread this mixture evenly over the cooled cake, then return it to the oven for about 12 minutes until the glaze is glossy and set.
- Cool completely, then chill for at least 8 hours.