Love chocolate and craving a rich and creamy cheesecake? This Chocolate Cheesecake is just for you! With a chocolate cookie crust, this is a double-chocolate dessert dream.
While thinking about what to make for Valentine’s Day, I decided to browse through the recipe index here on My Baking Addiction for a little inspiration.
It was then that I realized I’ve never shared my chocolate cheesecake recipe with you, so here we are just a few days before Valentine’s Day and I’m sharing one of the dreamiest cheesecake recipes for you to whip up for your friends, family, or yourself!
This chocolate cheesecake recipe is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers. Rich and creamy, the double dose of chocolate flavor is pure heaven.
Like my Bailey’s cheesecake and hot cocoa cheesecake, this is made with an easy Oreo cookie crust.
Even if you’ve never made a baked cheesecake recipe before, you can make this one!
It’s made in a water bath, which might sound confusing, but I’ve got step by step instructions for making cheesecake in a water bath.
TOOLS FOR HOMEMADE CHEESECAKE
In order to bake cheesecake at home, you’ll need a few key items.
- 9-inch springform pan
- Large roasting pan
- 10-inch cake pan or oven bag
- Aluminum foil
First, you will need a 9-inch springform pan. This is a metal pan consisting of a metal ring that locks around a flat bottom.
Once the cheesecake has fully cooled and you’re ready to serve, you unlock the ring and remove it from the bottom.
You can also use a push pan. This is a pan that has a hole in the bottom of the ring piece, and a flat bottom you can push up from the hole to remove the cheesecake.
For the water bath, you’ll need a large pan to set the springform pan inside of. I use a roasting pan.
I recommend using a second, larger cake pan to set the filled springform into.
If you don’t have one, you can use an oven bag. Oven bags can be found near the aluminum foil at the grocery store.
You’ll need aluminum foil as well, to wrap the outside of the springform pan. This is to prevent any leakage between the water and cheesecake filling.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
First, you’ll need to make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature.
I usually set mine out a couple of hours before I need to make cheesecake, but if you’re in a hurry you can follow my tips for how to soften cream cheese and how to bring eggs to room temperature.
Once the cream cheese is softened, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Take your springform pan and wrap the outsides tightly with aluminum foil. Depending on the width of your foil, you might want to use two pieces placed perpendicularly to fully wrap the pan.
Spray the inside of the pan with nonstick spray.
To make the Oreo crust, first crush up the cookies in a food processor until small crumbs are formed. We’re using the whole cookie, cream and all!
Pulse in melted butter (or mix by hand) until uniform. Then, take the mixture and press it into the bottom of the springform pan. You can use the bottom of a glass or a flat measuring cup to help form an even layer.
Bake the Oreo cookie crust for 8 minutes, then set the pan on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
Set a large pot or kettle of water to boil for the water bath. An electric kettle works great for this step.
Take a small saucepan and add the heavy cream. Warm it over medium heat until it is very hot, steaming but not boiling.
Place the chocolate chips into a heatsafe bowl and pour the hot cream over the top. Let rest a few minutes, then whisk to combine and melt the chocolate.
If your kitchen is especially cold, you might need to rewarm the cream and chocolate to get it to fully melt. You can do this over the same simmering pot of water, or (if using a microwave-safe bowl) in 10-second increments in the microwave.
Once melted and smooth, set aside the chocolate to cool.
Take the cream cheese and add it to the bowl of a stand mixer. Attach the paddle and beat cream cheese until it is smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
Add the sugar, and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides and paddle again.
Now, beat in the eggs one at a time. It’s important to make sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Always scrape down the sides between additions as well.
Once the eggs are fully mixed in, add the vanilla and mix again.
Pour in the cooled chocolate mixture and beat to fully incorporate. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure it is completely mixed.
Scatter flour over the top and mix again until the filling is completely smooth. Scrape down the sides again and beat once more.
Pour the batter into the springform pan. Then, place the pan inside your larger cake pan, and place it inside the roasting pan.
If using an oven bag, carefully nestle the pan inside and scrunch down the edges of the bag so they do not come up over the springform.
Take your hot water and pour it into the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the side of the springform.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. The cheesecake will be done when the edges look set, and the center has a slight jiggle but is not wet.
Turn off the oven and leave the door cracked open, but keep the cheesecake inside to cool for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, remove the pan from the oven. Take the springform out of the water bath and let cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Then, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool completely for a minimum of 8 hours.
This long chill time will help ensure the creamy, smooth texture we love in cheesecake!
Store cheesecake in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or enclosed in an airtight container.
Cheesecake will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
CAN I FREEZE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE?
This cheesecake makes quite a few servings, so if you aren’t serving a crowd, you can freeze it for up to 1 month.
Cut the cheesecake into slices and wrap each one well in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. Place in the freezer.
When you want to enjoy a slice, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or set out at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Chocolate cheesecake doesn’t need any adornments — it’s so good on its own. But, if you want to make this even more of a showstopper, try these options alone or in combination.
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate shavings, any variety
- Fresh sliced strawberries
- Chocolate ganache
- Oreo crumbs
- Raspberry sauce
This rich chocolate cheesecake is such a wonderful recipe for birthdays, anniversaries, or any day that needs a little sweetness!
Monday 20th of March 2023
Made this for my Father in laws 93rd birthday. Family said it was the best cheesecake they had every had. Only change was that I was about 4 oz's short of cream cheese so I threw in some sour cream. Used low fat CC as well. Topped with whipped cream and some raspberries. Perfect.
Monday 20th of March 2023
So happy everyone loved it, Cynthia! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie
Monday 6th of March 2023
Hi i am looking for a choc & plain cheese cake swirl. i have a plain cake i love .. never tried to swirl before ... what are you thoughts?
Wednesday 15th of March 2023
Hi Holly – I haven't tried swirling a cheesecake like that before, but it might work! If you give it a try, I'd love to hear how it turns out for you. Happy baking! Jamie
Thursday 15th of December 2022
Can I make this cheesecake a day or two ahead of when I serve it as long as I keep it in the refrigerator?
Friday 16th of December 2022
Hi Adrienne – Yes, that would be fine! Happy baking! Jamie
Saturday 25th of June 2022
What would you suggest to make this cake chocolate mint? Thank you.
Thursday 28th of July 2022
@Jamie, try using Andes mint chocolate. I think it will be what your looking for.
Monday 27th of June 2022
Hi Jan – I have not attempted to make this recipe into a mint chocolate cheesecake, so I can't speak to what adjustments you'd need. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it goes. Happy baking! Jamie
Tuesday 7th of June 2022
Do you remove the cream center from the cookies?
Wednesday 8th of June 2022
Hi Dena – Nope! Use the entire cookie. Happy baking! -Jamie