Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake

With its bottom layer fudgy like a brownie and its creamy cheesecake layer filled with cherry pieces, this combination receives rave reviews.

Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake
Servings: 16 Prep 15 mins Cook 5 mins Bake 350°F 50 mins to 55 mins Chill 4 hrs or overnight

Ingredients

Chocolate Layer:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut in pieces
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips OR: 4 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) chocolate devils food cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
Cheesecake Layer:
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling, drained, syrup reserved
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Chocolate Layer:

2. In saucepan, melt butter and chocolate with water over medium heat until smooth. Let cool slightly. Place cake mix in large bowl. Add melted chocolate mixture; beat to combine. Beat in egg. Stir in nuts. Spread batter in prepared pan.

Cheesecake Layer:

3. Rinse cherries; pat dry. Coarsely chop. In bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in almond extract and chopped cherries. Pour over chocolate layer; spread level to edge.

4. Bake in 350 degrees F oven until center is set, but jiggles when pan is tapped, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack 10 minutes. Spread 1 cup reserved cherry syrup over top. Let cool. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Store in fridge up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 491, Fat, total (g): 28, chol. (mg): 108, sat. fat (g): 15, carb. (g): 53, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 8, sodium (mg): 398, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.