Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake

Get ready for the “wow factor” when you bring out this beautiful dessert. Looks like it took hours to make, but you can be busy with other things while it’s baking and chilling.

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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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