Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe
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Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

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I have brought this popular cheesecake to every gathering since I created the recipe many years ago. My family asks for it all the time, and I'm happy to make it. —Christine Ooyen, Winnebago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches)
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 469 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread half of the mixture evenly into crust. Fold cocoa and confectioners' sugar into remaining whipped topping mixture; carefully spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Cut into slices; top each slice with cherry pie filling. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Cheesecake in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p33

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mwalker21 User ID: 987317 248206
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"This may look like it took forever, but the recipe is quite easy and the cheesecake was fabulous! I will absolutely make this again. Beautiful and Delicious!"

wunsagin User ID: 791731 245687
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Perfection! Love it when a recipe turns out and I don't have to make any changes. Our new favorite!"

rockscats User ID: 8403115 227488
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"Excellent. and easy to make"

gnome42 User ID: 7805427 131739
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Very refreshing easy pie, used real whipping cream and spooned cherry pie filling over the white layer and topped with cocoa filling. A little cherry pie filling on top for decoration. Delicious."

rvkreu07 User ID: 5418178 207132
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"I will make this again because it was so easy! I would probably use less cool whip or maybe some additional cream cheese to give it a bit of a stronger cheesecake flavor, but overall it was delicious prepared exactly as the recipe calls.

I would make this again, and I would recommend it. We had a heavier dinner, and so this was a perfect, light and fluffy kind of dessert for us and our guests."

parksville User ID: 1598935 131738
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Very nice, light and tasty. Not sure if I cared for the cherry pie filling, might opt for more cool whip and fresh raspberries on the side next time and sprinkle it w/ toasted, sliced almonds. The nice thing is you can make it a day ahead. easy recipe."

deemckenna User ID: 6363802 67825
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"It's the easiest recipe for black forest cheesecake and its easy to do on a budget. I feed a family of 5 and have to make a couple at a time. quick, easy, cheap to make and delicious."

cleaninggirl4u User ID: 5507080 148672
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This is one of the most requested desserts in my house! Great recipe!!!"

then5812 User ID: 5997683 133644
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"This recipe was extremely easy to make. I whipped it up in about fifteen minutes and popped it into the fridge with plenty of time to finish getting ready for a last minute get together."

HomestyleCatering User ID: 5967406 131737
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"My husband and I run a small town cafe. I am going to use this recipe for our Mother's Day Buffet. I know it will be delicious. As for the questions about baking it... If the recipe does not have eggs in it , cheesecake does not need to be baked. This is a quick and easy way of making cheesecake."

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