Spider Web Pumpkin Cheesecake

Spider Web Pumpkin Cheesecake
18 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 1 ½ C.)
2 Tb. Butter or margarine, melted
3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese softened
¾ C. sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tb. Pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs
1 C. sour cream
1 square semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 tsp. Butter or margarine

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix cookie crumbs and 2 Tb. melted butter and press firmly into bottom of a 9″ springform pan. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until well blended. Add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition. Pour over crust.

Bake 50-65 minutes, until center is almost set; cool slightly. Carefully spread sour cream over top of cheesecake. Run metal knife or spatula around rim of pan to loosen, cool before removing rim of pan.

Place chocolate and 1 tsp. butter in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on medium, for 30 seconds, stir until chocolate is melted. Spoon into a small plastic bag and snip off corner. Drizzle chocolate over cake in a spiral pattern. Starting at center of cheesecake, pull a toothpick through chocolate in lines from center of outside edges to form a spider’s web. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store leftovers in fridge.

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