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3D Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

3D Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

A cheesecake that is deep, dark and decadent earns the right to be called "3D." This version always looks its chocolate best, because the ganache coating blankets any cracks you may experience, as cheesecakes sometimes like to show. —Vanassa Hicks, Flint, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 package (10 ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup (4 ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cooled chocolate and cocoa. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to larger pan.
  • 4. Bake 55-60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes; loosen edges from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 5. For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream and sugar just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool to reach a spreading consistency, stirring occasionally.
  • 6. Remove rim from pan. Spread ganache over cheesecake to within 1 in. of edge. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 480 calories, 35 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Reviews for 3D Chocolate Cheesecake

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Awesome cheesecake. Will definitely make this one again. Very rich. For the true chocolate lover. Every bite is like smooth silky chocolate heaven. Baked beautifully."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Crust was too hard to cut through, but the taste was decadent. Very rich!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"I've made this a few times now and agree with other reviews that there is too much butter in the crust. I have reduced it with great results. It is super rich but delicious! Only takes a small slice to satisfy that chocolate craving. Thank you to whomever shared it. It's a winner in my book!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"I've made this cheesecake twice now - everyone loves it! My only suggestion would be to reduce the butter in the crust. I used Oreo cookie crumbs and the 1/4 cup of butter was way too much & leaked out the bottom of the pan. Next time I'll try 2 Tablespoons. Otherwise this is a perfect cheesecake. The ganache is exceptional!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"Fabulous cheesecake! Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"My son wanted a birthday cake that tasted as good as the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory. This recipe did it! Totally delicious (my mouth is watering as I write this!). Not a difficult recipe. I didn't do it a day in advance so I put it in the freezer for an hour to speed up cooling and it was fine. Served it with whipped cream and fresh, local raspberries. Made for an impressive display that tasted great and gave me one very happy 17 year old!"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"My husband said it was the best cheesecake he's ever had!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"This is absolutely delicious!! Brought it to work for a birthday---a wonderfully chocolatey delight!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Best cheesecake ever"

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"The MOST wonderful cheesecake I've EVER had! I have made this 3 times. There is no reason in the world to change ANYTHING about this recipe! Love it! Also loved the fact that the person who submitted it is from my home town.. Flint, MI!! Go Flint!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"Very rich but scrumptous!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"AMAZING!!! This is my husband's favorite."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"I made this for my sister's birthday. She is a HUGE chocolate lover and said this was the best thing she ever put in her mouth! I even forgot to add the extra coco and it was still super chocolate goodness. In fact, I think adding the extra coco might have made it too chocolaty and less cheesecake like. I also used oreo's for the crust and it was an amazing crust!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This cheesecake is delicious. I usually prefer a "white" cheesecakes, as opposed to chocolate-based ones, but this one was really good. I love bittersweet chocolate, and I thought it was the perfect balance of chocolate and cream cheese. I almost always follow recipes exactly, especially the first time around; however, I didn't this time, but I didn't because I've made so many different cheesecakes that I know what I like. The only changes I made were not adding the sugar in the crust (and I used Oreos--instead of chocolate graham crackers--sans the white cream), and not adding the sugar in the ganache. I really love bittersweet chocolate, so I didn't want to sweeten them. I didn't have any problems or any special tips to give for this recipe. I baked my cheesecake for 60 minutes. I DO prefer other kinds of cheesecakes, but as far as a plain chocolate cheeseake, this one is very good and worth adding to my cheesecake repertoire."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"While I haven't made this particular recipe it is almost identical to the "Deep Dark Chocolate Cheesecake" which appeared in the October 2006 issue of Bon Appetit magazine. It is well worth the effort. This is extremely rich and chocolate lovers will adore it. It freezes well, too."

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