2/18/13 - Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

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:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.