2/18/13 - Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake February 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM CST - Updated June 15 at 1:05 PM This is no ordinary cheesecake! If you like ooey, gooey chocolate-covered cherries, grab a fork and a tall glass of ice-cold milk and get ready to indulge in our awesome Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake! Serves: 8 Chilling Time: 1 hr Cooking Time: 35 min What You'll Need: 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, well drained, divided 1/2 cup (3-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa What To Do: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating until thoroughly combined. Set aside 8 cherries for garnish, then coarsely chop rest. Add chopped cherries and chocolate chips to cream cheese mixture; mix well, then pour into pie crust. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is firm. Chill 1 hour, then spread on whipped topping and sprinkle with cocoa. Garnish with remaining cherries. Cover loosely and chill until ready to serve. Notes Feel free to substitute 2 cups fresh whipped cream in place of the whipped topping.