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Chocolate Chip Cherry Cheesecake

 Chocolate Chip Cherry Cheesecake
I fell in love with cooking when I was 11 years old, and have enjoyed creating and modifying recipes since then. This cheesecake was a big hit when I first made it, and everyone agrees that it's the best flavor combination. —Shelly Klingler, Bloomington, Illinois
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (12 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate cookie crust (9 inches)
  • 6 chocolate-covered cherries

Directions

  • Drain maraschino cherries, reserving 2 teaspoons juice. Cut cherries
  • into quarters; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and reserved cherry
  • juice until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Fold in
  • chocolate chips and reserved cherries.
  • Pour into crust (crust will be full). Bake at 350° for 30-35
  • minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with chocolate-covered cherries.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 682 calories, 41 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 154 mg cholesterol, 384 mg sodium, 77 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.