Chocolate Cheesecake

This Chocolate Cheesecake is impressively thick, buttery, crunch, smooth, with a luscious, creamy filling. 

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

If you’ve only read a few posts on this blog, you probably already know I’m a complete chocoholic. 100% addicted. There’s rarely a day that goes by where I don’t have chocolate in some form. When I read news stories that proclaim chocolate is a health food because of antioxidants or that eating chocolate will make you happier because of your brain chemicals, I can’t help but think I really don’t need another excuse to eat chocolate. Stop it, guys! I really wonder about the validity of these stories. It seems like they’re just telling us what we want to hear.

That would be like me telling you this chocolate cheesecake takes just 5 minutes to make, is ready to eat instantly with no overnight refrigeration, and is 0 calories! Ha. If that were the case we’d all be 500 pounds. Things that are absolutely and indulgently scrumptious should require at least a bit of work so they’re not an everyday affair, right?

By the way – happy Leap Day! Use this extra day to indulge in some chocolate :)

Recipe Rundown

Taste: Tangy, rich, and oh so chocolate-y. Not overly sweet.
Texture: The crust is thick, slightly buttery, and crunchy while the filling is luscious and smooth.
Ease: Not hard but impressive all the same. The water bath prevents the cheesecake from getting deep cracks.
Appearance: How could you not want a slice?
Pros: It’s chocolate cheesecake… the pros are probably obvious 😉
Cons: Again, it’s chocolate cheesecake… not exactly diet-friendly. Small slices people!! Also, delayed gratification (cheesecake needs to chill overnight before being served).
Would I make this again? This would be great for entertaining… yes.


Chocolate Cheesecake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


For the crust:

24 chocolate wafer cookies (about 9 ounces)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
(8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs


For the crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse wafer cookies with sugar until finely ground. Add melted butter and pulse until moistened. Press crust into the bottom of a 9-inch nonstick springform pan. Bake until crust is just set, about 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Maintain oven temperature.

For the filling:

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chopped chocolate in 20-second bursts, stirring between bursts, until melted and smooth. In a clean food processor bowl, blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder until well combined, scraping down the edges as necessary. Blend in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Blend in melted chocolate until combined. Pour filling over cooled crust and smooth top. Meanwhile, prepare about 2 quarts of boiling water on the stovetop or in a kettle.
Wrap bottom of cooled springform pan tightly with foil and place pan into a larger, deep baking pan. Carefully pour boiling water into large pan until water reaches about halfway up the sides of springform pan to create a water bath.
Carefully place pans in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour, until center is just set and top looks slightly dry. Cool cheesecake completely on a wire rack. Run a knife along the edges to loosen then place cheesecake in pan in refrigerator to chill overnight. Cheesecake can be made 3 days ahead of time, kept in the refrigerator and covered with foil.

Loosely adapted from Bon Appetit Desserts

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13 Responses to “Chocolate Cheesecake”

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    Caroline — February 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I'm so thankful that I'm over the 'aversion' part of my pregnancy because I love chocolate again! This cheesecake looks fantastic. The perfect treat for a chocoholic. 😀

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    KeepItSweet — February 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Chocolate cheesecake is one of my favorite things, love this!

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    Katie — February 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    yummy!!! this looks so good… i'm addicted to chocolate, too.
    it's nice to find another college student with a food blog. i love yours :) right here!

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    Bela — March 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This looks so amazing! My addiction to this blog won't be going away so soon, there's not one post that I don't feel like making! Such a good job Tessa! Congrats!
    Ahh chocolate wonders.. I wonder if I can just throw some raspberries in the batter though

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    Denise — March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    What kind of “chocolate wafers” are you talking about? I can't think what that could be. Thanks! :)

    • handleheat replied: — March 2nd, 2012 @ 4:37 am

      Hi Denise – here is a link to an image of a box of chocolate wafers –

      It might help you to find them at the store. If you can't, I've substituted chocolate graham crackers or even chocolate teddy grahams with success.

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    kane Hipolito — March 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Wow this chocolate cake really yummy its really pure chocolate,, Love it..
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    Martina — November 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Can i use greek yogurt instead of cream cheese? i have a lot of it and i wanted to make a cheesecake with it!

    • Tessa replied: — November 19th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

      I’ve never made cheesecake with only Greek yogurt but you can certainly try. I might substitute only half of the cream cheese with the yogurt to see how it turns out.

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    Martina — November 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    And… i did’t get the water-bath thing before baking! please explain!

    • Tessa replied: — November 19th, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

      It is explained in the post…

      “The water bath prevents the cheesecake from getting deep cracks.”

      “Meanwhile, prepare about 2 quarts of boiling water on the stovetop or in a kettle.

      Wrap bottom of cooled springform pan tightly with foil and place pan into a larger, deep baking pan. Carefully pour boiling water into large pan until water reaches about halfway up the sides of springform pan to create a water bath.”

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