Preheat oven to 325°F if using a silver springform pan (or to 300°F if using a dark nonstick 9-inch springform pan). Mix crumbs, 1/3 cup of the sugar and the butter; press firmly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Mix liqueur and instant coffee granules until well blended; set aside. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1 cup sugar, the flour and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Stir in coffee mixture; pour into crust.
Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Meanwhile, dip 21 of the almonds in chocolate, 1 at a time. Gently shake each almond to remove excess chocolate. Place on wax paper-covered tray. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Remove from refrigerator. Place 16 of the chocolate-dipped almonds around edge of cheesecake. Arrange remaining 5 chocolate-dipped almonds in center of cheesecake. Coarsely chop remaining 4 almonds; sprinkle on top of cheesecake. Store cheesecake in refrigerator.
Enjoy a serving of this superb cheesecake on special occasions.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 16 servings.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.