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Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • Combine crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from pan. Garnish with the whipped cream, cherries and chocolate if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 211 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • klutzy17
    Apr 6, 2016

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

  • muffbear74
    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
    Mar 16, 2014

    Good smooth and creamy

  • dreamking4455
    Mar 2, 2014

    I loved this. I just have to share this with some friends. http://dreamking4455.empowernetwork.com