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Two-Tone Cheesecake

"Looking to create an original for the Alaska State Fair contest, I came up with this creamy cheesecake," notes field editor Cindi Paulson of Anchorage. "It won Grand Champion!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a large bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in cream. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Remove 3-1/2 cups to a small bowl; gently stir in melted chocolate. Pour filling over crust. Gently pour remaining filling over chocolate layer. Bake at 325° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours 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. Meanwhile, place chopped chocolate in a small bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly; gently pour over cheesecake. Cover and chill overnight. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 432 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 141mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • cathy.dean
    Jul 28, 2015

    I made this last night and it was amazing! I followed the recipe except for making 2 of the cream cheese low fat. Everything in this recipe is perfect except for the estimated time of making it. It is easy to make but in my convection oven it took 90 min. to bake, then with one hour cooling before putting the chocolate on top, the whole process was 3 hours before putting it in the frig overnight. Well worth it though! Yummy :)

  • MikeD65
    Feb 27, 2014

    i have been making this since it first appeared in ToH and it is a favorite for sure.

  • Phenrywv
    Feb 26, 2013

    I cut down on the amount if chocolate and use 4 squares in the cheesecake and 4 squares in the ganache. My family loves this and I make it several times a year.

  • Gtwnfive
    Dec 30, 2011

    My family gives this cheesecake to friends and coworkers at Christmas and everyone looks forward to receiving it every year! I double the recipe and make a 9-inch and 2 7-inch cheesecakes at a time. It freezes nicely and travels great.

  • maryHodges
    Nov 24, 2011

    I am 11, and made this yesterday. I think anybody my age and up should be able to follow the directions and make the cheesecake. It was really good and everyone loved it.

  • MrsDuby
    Oct 25, 2011

    this recipe is to die for !!! its THAT good!!! and it looks pretty to serve as well. I highly recommend it .... i think i'll go have another piece right now :)

  • coloradopeak
    Oct 18, 2011

    This was my first cheesecake and it has been my favorite. I've made others and have gotten may compliments but this is the recipe I go to first for a sure win and it's easy.

  • donnamallen
    Jan 20, 2011

    awesome cheesecake. rich & delicious - I love this cheesecake!

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    Apr 2, 2010

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    Feb 6, 2008

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