1 1/2 c vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 wafers crushed)
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa
1/3 c butter, melted
1 pkg 12 oz. package of semi sweet chocolate chips
3 pkg 8 oz. packages of cream cheese softened
1 can(s) 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 300°F. To make crust, stir together vanilla wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa and melted butter or margarine in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
2. Place chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl and Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred.
3. Beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add melted chips, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Pour into prepared crust.
4. Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Garnish as desired. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.