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A slice of chocolate cheesecake with cherries in the middle sitting on two plates. The larger one is pink the smaller one is gray. There is a spoon on the pink plate.

Cherry Cheesecake with Chocolate

This cherry cheesecake is true dessert decadence. If you are looking to make something special- this cherry chocolate cheesecake should be your go to!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cheesecake, cherry desserts, how to make a no crack cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 580kcal
Author: Sam Adler
Cost: $10

Ingredients

For the chocolate crust:

  • 1 14 oz package chocolate sandwich cookies or 3 cups, separated and filling discarded, pulsed or smashed into crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

For the cherry cheesecake filling:

  • 4 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half n half room temperature
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 14 oz cans Oregon fruit Red Tart Cherries drained and dried well

For the chocolate topping:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips melted

Instructions

  • For the crust:
  • Preheat your oven to 375° F and place the cookie crumbs in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add the melted butter and stir to combine. The mixture should resemble wet sand, and if you squeeze a little bit it should hold its shape. If not, you need more butter.
  • Spray a 9″ springform pan with baking spray and press the cookie crumbs into the bottom and sides. You can use the bottom of a measuring cup to help press it down hard and evenly.
  • Bake for 8-10 mins until it smells like heaven from your oven and the crust is firm.
  • For the filling:
  • Lower your oven temperature to 350° F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar. Mix on low-medium speed, then add 1 egg at a time, mixing for a few seconds in between additions.
  • Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Start the mixer again on low speed and add in the half n half and vanilla. Add in the flour slowly then move your speed up to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is mixed evenly.
  • Pour half the batter into the spring form pan, then half of the cherries on top. Pour the last half of the batter into the pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining cherries. Press the cherries in under batter so they are barely peeking out. 
  • Fill a 9×13 in pan with 1 inch of water and place it on the bottom rack of your oven.
  • Place the cheesecake on the upper rack of the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • The cheesecake is done when the edges start to brown and break away from the sides of the pan. It will still be jiggly in the middle- you want that!
  • Turn the oven off and crack the oven door open a little bit. Leave the cheesecake to cool for one hour, then remove to finish cooling on the counter.
  • Chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight, then pour and smooth melted chocolate on top.

Notes

Make sure you dry the cherries well!
You can set a side some of the chocolate crumbs to use as decoration when the cheesecake is done! I use full fat dairy products for best flavor but you can substitute for the less fat cream cheese and sour cream.
Sub whole fat milk for half n half

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Cheesecake with Chocolate
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 580 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 372mg16%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 909IU18%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.