Chocolate Cheesecake

Seriously Rich Chocolate CheesecakeDid you know that July 30th is National Cheesecake Day? Well, now you have plenty of notice and can be prepared.   What I’d like to know, however, is why, in the middle of swimsuit season, did the food industry thrust this fattening holiday upon us?  Food bloggers feel compelled to follow these designated food days like a religion, so of course we will all be making cheesecakes.  How can this be right?Seriously Rich Chocolate CheesecakeI suppose I could have made a low fat, low sugar, low calorie version, but what’s the fun in that?  If you want low carb and no refined sugar, try this Primal Chocolate Cheesecake or this Paleo Dark Chocolate Torte.  I am afraid I don’t do low calorie much at all when it comes to cheesecake.  You may want to get out your stretchie swimsuit cover-up for this recipe.  I used three pounds of cream cheese in it.  The finished dessert weighed in at about five pounds.   Go big or forget it is my cheesecake motto.  I think it’s a pretty good motto.Seriously Rich Chocolate CheesecakeSummer is flying by.  The Thinker’s best friend from Arizona is flying out to visit next week.  The Good Guy will be home from a long visit with his mother in Seattle next week, too.  My parents are coming to Florida at the end of July.  The boys have a big camping trip planned for late July, as well.  By the time all of that excitement is over, there will only be two weeks to panic about school clothes and supplies.   We were completely rained out on the night of the Fourth of July, but we have not had any really major storms yet.  It’s been a really good summer.  The cheesecake helped.

Chocolate Cheesecake
  • 3 pounds cream cheese
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 9 large graham crackers, crushed fine
  1. Make the crust by combining the butter and graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Press into the bottom of a 9-10 inch spring form pan.
  3. Bake 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
  4. Remove pan from the oven and turn down the temperature to 325 degrees.
  5. Place a pan with 2-3 inches of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
  6. While the crust is baking, make the filling.
  7. Cream the sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
  8. Add the cocoa and mix until completely combined.
  9. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl between each egg.
  10. Add the vanilla and let the mixer run for 3 minutes, getting the filling nice and fluffy.
  11. Pour the filling onto the hot crust and bake for 75 minutes in the steamy oven.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes then refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
The filling is gluten free. If you use gluten free cookies instead of regular graham crackers for the crust, it will be gf safe.


41 thoughts on “Chocolate Cheesecake

  1. >OMG this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to make one too! Chocolate, raspberries yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy!

  2. >This is the second blog that posted about chocolate and fruit. I have always been reluctant to put the two together..I am going to have to try this. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, of course!!

  3. >Oh how delicious. I love homemade cheesecakes but I haven't made one in ages. I don't know if I would do all the steps in this recipe but I think even just the chocolate cheesecake part and the raspberries together would be heavenly. Thanks for posting this.

  4. >Happy Cheesecake day to you! And I love the additions you made…chocolate sauce is never overkill in my book!

  5. >oh yeah baby … this one is the killer – great change up, love the filling and the sauce is no way too much…

  6. >So decadent…you are NOT HELPING the war in my head between the hedonist and the annoying "body be a temple" girl.

  7. >and you could just send a piece or the whole cake over my way (but don't except it back). It looks delicious!

  8. >Wow. This looks so good. I'm not sure my healthy lunch will be sufficient. I've never attempted a cheesecake – but this doesn't seem too difficult. I'll have to give it a try – thanks for sharing!

  9. >Cheesecake is that one food I crave often. I don't think there's a better way to indulge. Oh, Happy Cheesecake Day!

  10. >YUM! This is going to be my request for my birthday desert. Chocolate, raspberries, cream cheese… what more could a girl want on her birthday?

  11. >My oh my!!!! Since it's National cheesecake day, can I eat a whole one and not count the points??? LOL

    A bf ff friend!

    Loved the pics!!! Yummylicious!

  12. >I so love love love cheesecake! My daughter does too (She keeps reminding me that we NEED to go to cheesecake factory … if I hear it one more time …)

    this one looks really good too — I may have to try this one over the weekend (even though it won't be National Cheesecake Day anymore) Chocolate and Cheesecake … PERFECT together

  13. >Today is National Cheesecake Day??? How could I have missed this? Well, thanks to you, I didn't miss it – must use this excuse to visit the Cheesecake Factory tonite (bc I could never pull off that delicious recipe you've just described). I'm sure the hubster won't mind celebrating this holiday. ;p

  14. >Happy National Cheesecake Day to you too! I am not celebrating today as I already celebrated National Hot Fudge Sundae Day on Sunday. Can't have too much fun in one week. It's bad for the hips.

    Maybe I will take a moment to observe National Watermelon Day on August 3rd…

  15. >this is sooooooo not a post to read while getting ready to got to Costco. Heaven help the sample clerk near any freebie chocolate hahahaha

    ps BF FF- Happy Friday!

  16. >That chocolate sauce oozing over the sides, the fresh raspberries on top, the side shot(showing the raspberry filling and that perfect chocolate cheesecake density)…it's the PERFECT example of why I love cheesecake!

  17. >I thinkkkk Cheesecake Factory has discounts today. I wish I knew this in advance! Your dessert looks wonderful!!

  18. >Awesome cheesecake and awesome deal on berries 🙂 I didn't know it was national cheesecake day! I missed out! PS, I have a giveaway on my blog right now that I think you might be interested in! Stop by to check it out 🙂

  19. >o.m.g. yum! Thanks for sharing. I hope you ate it all in one sitting. lol. I'm visiting from Blog Frog's follow fridays and I'm your newest follower. It'd be great if you could check out my blog, Bunches of Bargains. It's fairly new but I'm so excited because I posted for my first giveaway today. Hope you can get a few entries in before it closes on 8/13. See you around!
    Julie @ Bunches of Bargains

  20. >I've been avoiding all the cheesecake posts because they just make me drool. This is gorgeous. I especially love that "surprise" layer of raspberry. Yum!

  21. >I thought every day was National Cheesecake Day!! At least it is for me, my absolutely favorite dessert. Now put raspberries and chocolate together and you've stepped it up even higher! Excellent post, I love your changes.

  22. >I love you do like I do and put your twist on it! It looks fab. Oh yes I've tried curls before and not so fab!

    1. No, I did indeed mean 3 pounds (6 8oz packages). This is a very rich cheesecake, but worth every calorie 😉

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