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German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

 German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
This rich and flavorful dessert is my cheesecake version of German chocolate cake. It makes an elegant ending to a special meal.—Mary Bakken, New Richland, Minnesota
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling


  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 whole crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter


  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of
  • heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around
  • pan. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and brown sugar; stir

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German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in butter.
  • Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place
  • pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a
  • wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the
  • chocolate, brown sugar and cocoa. Add eggs; beat on low speed just
  • until combined. Stir in extracts. Pour into crust.
  • Place pan in a large baking pan. Fill larger pan with 1 in. water.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is just set and
  • top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a
  • wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan
  • to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan.
  • In a large saucepan, combine topping ingredients. Bring to a boil
  • over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Cool. Spread topping
  • over cheese cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 449 calories, 30 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.