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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 serving (1 slice) equals 469 calories, 24 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g 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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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

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

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"Excellent. and easy to make"

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."

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."

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."

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