Featuring HERSHEY'S CHIPITS Pure Semi-sweet chocolate chips, this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake is a perfect dessert.
Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Toss crumbs with cocoa, icing sugar and butter until well combined. Press the mixture firmly onto bottom and 1/2-inch (1 cm) up the sides of a 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden around the edges; cool slightly.
Cheesecake: Increase oven temperature to 400°F (200°C). Beat cream cheese with sugar, flour and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl until well blended. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips; pour batter into prepared crust. Bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 250°F (120°C); continue baking for 60 minutes or until almost set. Transfer from oven to a rack. Run a thin knife around the cake to loosen from side of pan. Cool completely before removing ring from pan. Chill for 5 hours or until firm before serving. Garnish with Chocolate Leaves (see below, if using).
Chocolate Leaves (optional garnish): For chocolate leaves, thoroughly wash and dry several non-toxic leaves. Place 1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred. With a small, soft-bristled pastry brush, brush melted chocolate on backs of leaves. (Avoid getting chocolate on leaf front as removal may be difficult when chocolate hardens.) Place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet; refrigerate until very firm. Beginning at stem, carefully pull green leaves from chocolate leaves. Chill until ready to use.