Yield: about 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook: 5 hours 20 minutes
Tessa's Recipe Rundown...
Taste: The chocolate and hazelnut combination is one of the most scrumptious love stories in the world of desserts. I am utterly obsessed.
Texture: Rich, creamy, and luscious, with a buttery crunchy graham cracker crust and a satisfying bite of Ferrero Rocher candies to top it off!
Ease: Surprisingly easy, but you will make a bit of a mess.
Appearance: If heaven ever sent a cheesecake to earth, it would look like this!
Pros: Totally doable yet completely impressive, not to mention decadently delicious and can be made ahead of time!
Cons: Diet killer. Yolo? Are people still using that word?
Would I make this again? Next special occasion for a Nutella-lover!
You are going to love to hate me for this ridiculously indulgent and totally divine Nutella Cheesecake recipe. Years ago I had shared a recipe for Nutella cheesecake that needed some updating. I took that recipe, which almost seems quaint in comparison now, and turned it up about a hundred notches. I increased the amount of Nutella in the cheesecake to a whopping 1 1/2 cups, added a rich and fudgy chocolate ganache on top, and finished it all with a generous pile Ferrero Rocher candies. It’s the least I could do to honor the passing of Pietro Ferrero, the heir and CEO of the company that gifted the world with Nutella.
Quick Cheesecake Tips
-Make sure to use a high-quality springform pan for this recipe, no other pan will do!
-Since we are topping this cheesecake with a thick layer of ganache and with Ferrero Rocher candies, there’s no need to take the extra steps of using a water bath or letting the cheesecake cool in the oven. These prevent the cheesecake from developing cracks in it while baking and cooling, but cracks don’t matter much in this recipe!
-Do not overbake! If the cheesecake is still a bit jiggly after the baking time, that’s perfectly fine. It’s better to err on the side of underbaking than overbaking (remember, there are “no bake” cheesecakes) and the cheesecake will continue to bake after it’s removed from the oven due to the residual heat.
-Do not overmix! We do not want to add too much air into the cheesecake batter, which will lead to cracks (not a big deal here) or worse, will lead it to puffing up and even spilling over the edges. Beat the cream cheese as much as you need to in order to get rid of any lumps, but once you add the eggs beat just enough to combine, no more.
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For the crust
- 14 whole graham crackers
- 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter, melted
For the cheesecake filling
- 32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups Nutella
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons Frangelico (hazelnut liquor), optional
For the topping
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Ferrero Rocher candies, unwrapped
For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 325°F. In the bowl of a food processor, process the graham crackers until they are finely ground crumbs. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Maintain oven temperature.
For the filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the cooled melted chocolate and then the eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined. Add in the sugar, cocoa powder, Nutella, cream, vanilla, and Frangelico (if using) and beat until combined. Be careful not to overbeat.
Pour the batter into the cooled crust. Bake for about 1 hour, or until set and the top looks slightly dry. If the middle is slightly wobbly, that’s fine. Cool the cheesecake completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Release the cheesecake from the pan onto a cake stand or serving plate.
For the topping:
Place the chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan heat the cream just until simmering. Pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 minutes before stirring until the mixture is melted and smooth. Pour over the cheesecake, allowing to drip down the sides. Top with the Ferrero Rocher candies. Serve or cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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