This was my first cheesecake, and I made it for my mom's birthday. I baked it for 45 minutes, then let it sit in the open oven for 20 minutes as directed. I then took it out and let it cool for another hour or so, but I got the dreaded crack down the middle. The middle of it still looked gooey, but I went ahead and put it in the refrigerator over night. After about 24 hours from starting, I sifted a little cocoa powder on top and grated some chocolate on top. My expectations were very low, not based on the recipe, but because of the crack and this being the first cheesecake I made. But whoa, this was awesome. My family couldn't believe I made it. Instead of Khalua, I used Starbucks Coffee Liqueur, and I took the suggestions and used 4 in the crust and 8 in the filling. I highly recommend this, and in the future will try either the waterbath, or the suggestion from the advice section and run the knife around the cheesecake after removing it from the oven to let the cheesecake pull away from the pan (to hopefully prevent the crack).
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This was my first cheesecake, and I made it for my mom's birthday. I baked it for 45 minutes,...