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 User ID: 8553490 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 User ID: 209131 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 User ID: 6683340 93663
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Good smooth and creamy"

dreamking4455 User ID: 7699049 160268
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

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

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