A few tips on making this cheesecake:
Use vanilla bean paste. While regular vanilla extract will work, a rich vanilla flavor best gained by using vanilla bean paste elevates this decadent dessert. Plus you’ll get the pretty little flecks of vanilla bean in your cheesecake!
For the chocolate sandwich cookie crust, I used Glutino’s cookies. Please read labels carefully if you have dietary concerns beyond gluten. All of the gluten-free sandwich cookies I could find had a voluntary “may contain” statement regarding eggs or dairy. Glutino may contain egg and milk, Kinnikinnick K-Toos may contain egg, and Trader Joe’s gluten-free Joe Joe’s may contain milk. You know your dietary needs best and should choose cookies for the crust based on that. Or you could make your own at home.
I’ve used Enjoy Life’s mini chocolate chips in both the filling and the ganache. Mini chips are the right size for the filling. For the ganache, I find mini chips melt in less time and more evenly than larger chips or chunks.