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Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

 

This Chocolate Cheesecake is just the thing to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Plenty of chocolaty flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. This creamy dessert is sure to impress.

I think people tend to get a little intimidated by making cheesecakes. But once you’ve made one or two, they’re really quite simple.

Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

 

Since you make them in advance, they are perfect for holidays and get togethers. Cheesecakes are impressive enough for a formal occasion, but they taste so good, no one is going to complain if you bring one to a casual picnic or block party.

This Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake starts with an oreo crust and then a filling made from 2 kinds of chocolate- unsweetened cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

 

There’s not too much sweetness in the batter and the tang of the cream cheese really shines through. I love to use Challenge Cream Cheese. It’s fresh taste and creamy texture really makes the difference.

On top is a thick layer of chocolate ganache made from more semi-sweet chocolate. I like to serve each piece with a big dollop of whipped cream.

Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

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Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 25 Oreo cookies (whole cookies)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for serving

Instructions

  • Use food processor to turn cookies into crumbs or place cookies in a large plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin.
  • Stir together cookie crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Transfer into a greased 9-inch springform pan. Press crumbs into bottom and halfway up the sides. Place in 350 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool while you make filling.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Place 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat 1/4 cup heavy cream in a small bowl to just a simmer. Pour cream over chocolate chips. Let sit 2 minutes and then stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • Using and electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in cocoa powder.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate mixture.
  • Pour batter onto crust. Place springform pan on a baking sheet and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until center jiggles just slightly. Cool cheesecake 10 minutes.
  • Make topping. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan just until it reaches a simmer. Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until smooth.
  • Spread over filling. Let sit 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan. Remove sides of pan. Let sit on counter to cool for 1 hour. Then refrigerate overnight.

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Recipe adapted slightly from Taste of Home

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9 thoughts on “Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake”

  1. Perfect really is the only word to describe this. Looks SO stinking amazing. Seriously, I need to try this before I drown in my own drool!

  2. Crazy delicious. I think those are the first words that come to mind upon seeing this. And I haven’t even tasted it yet. We eat with our eyes first – so you’ve done a fab job here!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh this definitely looks like the perfect cheesecake! I’ve actually never made a chocolate version before, so I need to try this. Love that gorgeous topping, too!

  4. Alaina @ A Not So Quiet Kitchen

    Gorgeous cheesecake! I especially love the top layer, it sounds amazing! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to make……and eat! 🙂

  5. This cheesecake looks awesome! Cheesecake is my favorite dessert and this chocolate version is just stunning- pinning 🙂

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