Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 5 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

Crust

2
cups chocolate cookie crumbs
3
tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

4
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
3
eggs
3/4
cup sugar
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1/2
cup whipping cream
1
can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Glaze

1/2
cup whipping cream
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press in bottom and 1 inch up sides of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sugar and almond extract until smooth. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream; blend well.
  • 3 Spoon 3 1/2 cups cream cheese mixture into crust-lined pan, spreading evenly. Carefully spoon 1 cup pie filling evenly over cream cheese layer (reserve remaining pie filling for topping). Spoon remaining cream cheese mixture evenly over pie filling.
  • 4 Bake 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack 1 hour.
  • 5 In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted.
  • 6 Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on paper-lined cookie sheet. Spread glaze over cooled cheesecake, allowing some to flow down side. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with remaining pie filling.
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. In medium bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press in bottom and 1 inch up sides of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sugar and almond extract until smooth. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream; blend well.
  • 3 Spoon 3 1/2 cups cream cheese mixture into crust-lined pan, spreading evenly. Carefully spoon 1 cup pie filling evenly over cream cheese layer (reserve remaining pie filling for topping). Spoon remaining cream cheese mixture evenly over pie filling.
  • 4 Bake 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack 1 hour.
  • 5 In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted.
  • 6 Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on paper-lined cookie sheet. Spread glaze over cooled cheesecake, allowing some to flow down side. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with remaining pie filling.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Look for chocolate cookie crumbs in the grocery store's baking aisle. Or purchase chocolate wafers and process them in a food processor to form coarse crumbs. Wafers may also be crushed in a food storage plastic bag—crush them with a rolling pin.

To make ahead, bake the cheesecake; cool and glaze. Freeze it until the glaze is set. Wrap tightly and freeze it for up to 1 month. Before serving, unwrap and thaw it in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
470
(
Calories from Fat
290),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
33%
(Saturated Fat
19g,
19%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
125mg
125%;
Sodium
280mg
280%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
28g
28%
),
Protein
7g
7%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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