Warm Fudge-Filled Cheesecake

This really caught my eye in that it had the word WARM in in along with CHEESECAKE! During the blustery months of winter (well, here in California, blustery means below 70) but for all my sweet friends back in Texas and Virginia, I’m sure that you are wanting desserts that you can savor, sitting right beside the fireplace and believe me, this one is exceptional…..I just had an idea….why not just cup up small little 1/2″ pieces of cocoa peanut butter fudge and use instead of the mini-chocolate chips? Then you could drizzle peanut butter, which you have nuked for a minute over the top of the cheesecake before serving. IF you choose to do this, be sure and use peanuts for the nuts, if you decide to use nuts in the crusts.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tables vanilla, divided
2/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios (even almonds would be great)
4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups (a 12-oz package equals 2 cups) semisweet chocolate mini-morsels
Sweetened whipped cream
Garnish chocolate shavings *optional
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar, beating well. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in 1 teas vanilla and nuts. Press into bottom and 1″ up sides of a 9-in springform pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 min or until golden. Cool on wire rack.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until flight and fluffy; gradually adding 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears and the cellulite has begun to form on our……oops,sorry, just wanted to be sure you were paying attention….
Stir in remaining 2 teas vanilla. Do not overmix.
Pour half of batter into crust; sprinkle with chocolate morsels to within 3/4″ of edge. Pour in remaining bater, starting at outer edge and working toward center. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 1 hr or until set. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Serve slightly warm with sweetened whipping cream, if desired, (and yes, we always do desire whipped cream, now don’t we?)
*Warm left over cheesecake slices in the microwave 30 sec before serving.

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