This chocolate cherry cheesecake recipe makes a rich, almond-flavored cheesecake with a layer of cherries in the center and a layer of chocolate ganache on top.
Imagine a black forest layer cake with cherries in the center and rich, chocolate ganache covering the top and pouring down over the sides.
Sounds decadent, doesn’t it?
Now imagine the layers are made of cheesecake. That’s what this cheesecake is – an Oreo cookie crust topped with a layer of cheesecake, then a layer of cherries, then another layer of cheesecake, and the whole thing is topped with rich chocolate ganache.
I took this cheesecake to my church’s Thanksgiving service years ago, and there was nary a morsel left to bring home. It was sliced and resliced because everyone wanted a little piece.
I said to an older man, “I’ll be sure to make that for our next event,” and he replied, “Would you mind going home to start now?” with a straight face. It really is that good.
Since that year, I have made this chocolate cherry cheesecake every Christmas. The whole family looks forward to it.
To be honest, I only make this cheesecake once a year because making a cheesecake is challenging for me. I always overbeat the filling which always causes it to crack.
If you look back through the cheesecake posts on my blog, you will see a long history of cracked cheesecakes.
This cracking is why most of my cheesecakes get chocolate ganache on top. Chocolate ganache is little more than a thin layer of melted chocolate. It can be tough to cut through if you make it too thick, so keep it thin, but thick enough to cover the cracks.
Then you can pretend that your cheesecake didn’t crack and looked magazine-worthy.
Who cares what it looks like? It’s cheesecake. Your guests will love it.
One more thing before the recipe. One time, my daughter and I were making this chocolate cherry cheesecake recipe and one of us (I think it was her, but it might have been me) dropped it on the floor on the way into the oven. Fortunately, we were making it the day before we needed it, and there was time for Joe to run to the store and get new ingredients for us to start over. It happens to everyone at some point.
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