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Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

With seven children and 15 grandchildren, Mary Walker of Berlin, Maryland favors desserts that serve a bunch. "Here's a special treat that will easily satisfy the chocolate cravings of up to 16 hungry people," she confirms.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (about 24 wafers)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in coffee and vanilla. Beat in cocoa just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour into prepared crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Remove from the oven; increase temperature to 425°. Combine the sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over warm cheesecake; sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool for 1 hour longer. Chill overnight. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 304 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • bjeanadams
    Jul 25, 2019

    This is a VERY CHOCOLATE cheesecake - lives up to its title. If you "chill overnight" (as called for) the almonds on top become soggy.

  • khegeman
    Mar 28, 2018

    very good. I just found the sliced almonds on top too much. Next time I will leave them off.

  • lvarner
    May 2, 2015

    Yummy recipe! The coffee is not something that you can really serves more to enhance the chocolate flavor in this cheesecake. So good!

  • kstamm5909
    Oct 7, 2010

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