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Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Everyone's a chocolate lover when it comes to this special dessert. "It melts in your mouth!" and "Very smooth and fudgy!" are typical comments I've heard after guests take a bite. For a fun taste twist, spoon cherry or strawberry topping over each slice.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup crushed chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Strawberries and white chocolate shavings, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate just until blended. Pour filling over crust.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 4. Garnish slices with strawberries and chocolate shavings if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

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klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 233938
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"I used a pre-made oreo pie crust and it worked perfectly and it was yummmmmyyyyy. I ate the whole cheesecake myself in one sitting O:)"

Anastasiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa User ID: 8477224 230921
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Can I use Oreo as the crust or will is taste weird ?"

Hollywood87 User ID: 8458730 230080
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"It came fantastic, A couple tips.

1) if you can afford to use good quality chocolate chips rather than store brand definitely do so. It makes a world of difference.
2) If you are using a electric oven it doesn't need the full 40 minutes(one of the times I made the cake the edges burned)"

JesslovesJeremy User ID: 8356365 225679
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"Made this recipes many times, and people always rave about what a great chocolate cheesecake it is! However, it's not your typical "cakey" cheesecake, so if that's what you're trying for look elsewhere. Though you'll be missing out if you do because it's great."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 220540
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I made this recipe for the chocolate recipe ingredient challenge this week! I DID make adjustments to this recipe by using 1-1/2 cups crushed Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies with chocolate-chip cookie dough filling. I used 1/4 cup each of granulated sugar and melted butter for the crust. For the filling, I'd melted the 12-oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips in my double boiler over boiling water and I'd added up to 4 Tbsp. HOT water to the chocolate chips for a smooth texture. I stirred the chocolate until mixture was spreadable. I'd kept the eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, vanilla the same! I wrapped the springform pan in heavy-duty aluminum foil as other TOH recipes for cheesecake had suggested so that the pan wouldn't leak and baked the cheesecake on a large baking sheet for 40 minutes. The 40 minute time for baking worked well for me! I cooled the cheesecake 10 minutes, then ran a knife/icing spreader around the edge of cheesecake; cooled on wire rack 1 additional hour before refrigerating.

This is a really great recipe and so SIMPLE! I left the cheesecake UNGARNISHED! THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE! delowenstein"

linayjuli User ID: 8182564 215886
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"This was a hit! Very easy to prepare and everyone loved it! The only thing I changed was the crust for which I used Graham crackers."

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 49459
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"This was a great basic chocolate cheesecake recipe, easy to prepare and even easier to eat! I made it this year for my brother's birthday, he requested chocolate cheesecake with strawberries. After reading through the other reviews I decided to use a traditional graham crust, dark chocolate chips and just a tad less sugar in the filling and I always bake my cheesecakes in a steam bath with the bottom securely covered with foil to prevent any water leaking in. I also waited to top cheesecake with fresh strawberries until just before serving with a mint garnish. Won't forget this one and will be making it again!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 124661
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"Wow - this was not only an easy recipe to make, (I don't have luck with cheesecakes generally) but it was so amazingly delicious. Smooth, rich, fudgy, creamy. I served it with mandarin orange slices and whipped cream, you only need a small piece to satisfy that chocolate craving!"

callmered6 User ID: 7778859 31395
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"I made two of these cheesecakes for two different events. They were both hits and both were made completely gluten-free! Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. The first one I topped with fresh raspberries, the second with fresh strawberries. Both delicious! I do not, however recommend leaving the fruit on any leftovers as it will completely change the taste of the cheesecake. I used crushed Trader Joe's chocolate Gluten-Free Joe Joe's for the crust. I think the recipe is perfect! This is definitely a cheesecake for chocolate lovers!"

cjoannb User ID: 7719500 31104
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Pretty heavy/dense and WAY TOO SWEET. Would not recommend. Maybe cutting the choco chips in half and adding more eggs(??) but I have not tried it that way."

guysrose User ID: 2832239 88713
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Excellent recipe and so very easy! It is not as tall as some cheesecakes, and at first I was thinking I would double the recipe next time, but it is so rich I'm not sure anyone could eat a whole piece if it were twice as high! I made a simple chocolate ganache to top it and it was outstanding!"

cheffranz09 User ID: 7148161 73597
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"I absolutely love this cheesecake, so rich and delicious. When I make it, instead of the chocolate wafer bottom, I make a combination of regular Graham cracker and homemade chocolate shortbread cookie. It comes out perfect and delicious. Also sometimes cheesecakes crack. If you put the cheesecake in a hot water bath or put a oven proof glass dish filled with water the steam should help issues with cracking."

Citrouille User ID: 6677618 49419
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"Very nice recipe, great taste and easy to do. I put a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the mould, also instead of a graham cracker crust I used chocolate cookies. Also I put rapsberry jam in the middle of the cake. I served the chocolate cheese cake with a rapsberry coulis which help to cut the sweetnest of the cake. It was great."

manpabrown User ID: 1979130 55817
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"Also substitute white chocolate for my daughter that doesn't like other choloclate"

1275 User ID: 6324211 55816
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I love eating cheesecake and this one is great! The chocolate was SO good. I will definitely make this again! I didn't use the chocolate wafer crumbs, I used regular graham cracker crumbs- I didn't have the chocolate ones on hand. It was just as good, and so smooth!"

K. J. User ID: 5723336 49417
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"This is one of my favorites. If you have never made a cheesecake before this is very easy to make.Give it a try and you will make it over and over.It always impresses everyone."

lmalaine User ID: 1242457 37773
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"The crust for the bottom was to sweet and the chocolate part of the cake was awful. Hard, not smooth and creamy like cheesecakes should be. Would no make again unless recipe was redone."

gonellya2 User ID: 1321365 80479
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Good but way too rich!!!"

littlebitsolove User ID: 4103773 55815
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"Holy Moly! I used 6oz of milk chocolate and 6oz of dark chocolate Dove bars instead of semisweet chips and dropped the sugar to 1/2 cup. This was SO AMAZING! Valentines day was a hit and so were the couple days of decadent leftovers! I will SO be making this again! Pure Heaven!"

Karihardy User ID: 4715955 204433
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"I am a lunch cook at a private school and I have made cheesecakes before but never a chocolate cheesecake. I was under the impression it was going to be difficult... I couldn't have been more wrong! This recipe was so easy and turned out BEAUTIFULLY! the kids and teachers are going to love this"

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