1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 T. butter, melted
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, letting edges extend out over the pan. In a small bowl mix vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped almonds and brown sugar. Stir in butter and mix well. Press evenly in to the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
2 T. almond liqueur (or 1 tsp. almond extract)
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream and almond flavoring. Pour over baked crust and return to oven. Bake for an additional 40-45 minutes.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 cup sliced, toasted almonds
Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake and sprinkle with chopped almonds.