CHOCOLATE CRUMB CRUST:
1 1/2 cup finely crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/3 cup butter, melted
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together well. Press firmly onto the bottom of a 9-inch round springform baking pan. Set aside.
3 pkgs (8-oz each) low-fat or regular cream cheese*, softened
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12-oz pkg) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan with crust. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until the center is set. Cool. Garnish with whipped cream swirls around the edge, lightly sprinkled with cocoa or shaved chocolate, if desired.
*I prefer two packages of low-fat cream cheese and 1 package of regular. You lower the fat for a healthier dessert withuot sacrificing flavor or texture.