Chocolate Almond Cheesecake Recipe
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Chocolate Almond Cheesecake Recipe

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My family enjoys a good meal, but we all save room for dessert when this cheesecake is part of the menu. Its rich chocolate flavor is so satisfying when we're craving something sweet and creamy. -Jeri Dobrowski, Beach, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 397 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan; chill.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon extract and remaining cocoa. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  3. Pour into crust. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Sprinkle with almonds. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Almond Cheesecake in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p31

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doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 238179
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"Perennial holiday dessert for our family. Pretty as a picture, and tastes as good as it looks. Very easy to make too. Highly recommend!"

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 228212
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Cheesecake is the way to finish any meal! This recipe is tasty. I've changed the crust by leaving out the chocolate or using vanilla wafers for the crust."

artzeme User ID: 256236 223729
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"My family's favorite dessert recipe of all time!!"

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