Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe
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Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

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A friend gave me this recipe and it's quickly become popular at our house. I enjoy making it when we entertain. My husband and I are dairy farmers and have three pre-school age children. I enjoy trying new recipes as well as yardwork and crafts. —Patricia Plett, Blumenort, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon brandy extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Maraschino cherries and additional whipped cream and melted chocolate for garnish, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 211 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. Combine crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine 1/3 cup gelatin mixture with pie filling and almond extract; pour into crust and chill until set.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate, brandy extract and remaining gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream; spread over cherry layer. Chill at least 3 hours.
  4. Remove from pan. Garnish with the whipped cream, cherries and chocolate if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Cheesecake in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate 1994, p8

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klutzy17 246659
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"The taste was good but the gelatin made such a weird texture that almost nobody even wanted to eat it"

muffbear74 216434
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"I was disappointed in the lack of chocolate flavor, and there are other cheesecake recipes I like better, so will probably not make this again."

myrakk 93663
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Good smooth and creamy"

dreamking4455 160268
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I loved this. I just have to share this with some friends."

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