German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Recipe
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German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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 almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon 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

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.


  1. 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 in butter.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Originally published as German Chocolate Cheesecake in Country Extra November 2004, p49

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"I find that if you separate the egg yolks from the whites and beat the egg whites into firm peaks and then fold them into the mixed batter you a much lighter cheese cake."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Amazing flavor and a compliment to any meal. The almond extract is the winning flavor here. Yumm!"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Awesome. I did not bake it in a water bath and I only baked it for 35 minutes. It was perfect. I will definitely make it again sometime."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"This takes a bit of time to make but it is well worth it. Totally decadent and rich in flavor. It comes out perfectly. I will make this many, many times to my family and friends delight."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I was so impressed with this recipe! It came out PERFECT!!!! Would make again! and again and again and again! Ha ha! It's my new favorite cheesecake now :D"

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