Cheesecake has become the family favorite for birthdays and my youngest sister whipped this one up for my birthday recently. This recipe came from my Aunt Linda Acton. Note that we tried using the Demarle at Home Large Round Mold and it worked fabulously!
⅓ cup margarine or butter, melted
1¼ cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs*
¼ cup sugar
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk**
16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine margarine, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar. Pat firmly in bottom of spring form pan. Beat cream cheese until fluffy, add sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth; add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into pan and bake for 65 minutes (cheesecake will not be set in the center). Cool on cooling rack.
*If using regular graham crackers add 3 tablespoons cocoa and increase the sugar to ⅓ cup.
**You can substitute sweetened condensed milk with: ⅔ cup canned milk, 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) margarine, and 1½ cups sugar heated until sugar melts.