Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 46
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1/4 cup butter
1 package oreos
2 1/2 cups sugar
43 ounces cream cheese -- (yes, 43!)
5 large eggs
32 ounces ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate -- (not semisweet!)
20 ounces sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons baileys irish cream
2 tablespoons ghirardelli ground chocolate if unavailable -- use cocoa

Preparation / Directions:

CRUST: Mix in food processor. Press into 13 inch springform pan.Set aside. CHEESECAKE: Melt chocolate in double boiler, stirring frequently. Set aside. Beat cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth. Gradually add sugar. Beat until smooth. Add one egg at a time, beating after each egg. Fold in sour cream, melted chocolate, ground chocolate, vanilla and Bailey's. Stir until even consistency. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 F until set, approximately 2 hours for 13". chill thoroughly. This is ungodly rich. Serve in very small wedges. even heavy eaters can't eat much at once, and I have seen a lot of this get thrown away because the person couldn't finish. Don't substitute semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate for the bitt

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