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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake with silky-smooth chocolate filling, topped with a layer of whipped cream infused with chocolate liqueur soaked-cherries.

Cheesecakes are my weakness. The unlimited flavor combination creates an endless backlog of recipes to try and create. Not complaining here, I just know I have some work cut out in populating recipes for this blog. Chocolate or fruit flavored cheesecakes are a popular go-to, when you combine the two it’s even better! Another great combo is peanut butter and chocolate. View my popular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes post for that recipe.

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This No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake has the best of both worlds. Rich chocolaty crust with a layer of silky-smooth chocolate filling, topped with another layer of tangy whipped cream infused with chocolate liqueur soaked-cherries. That’s a mouth-full to say and it’s even better in your mouth.

Traditional baked cheesecakes have a denser, creamier texture, while this no-bake cheesecake has a unique mousse-like texture. The mixed in melted chocolate hardens in tiny pieces as it cools, creating little flavor bursts with each bite. The liqueur soaked cherries meld into the whipped cream layer, adding sweet and tart flavor throughout the cheesecake.

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Food Science & Cooking Tips

– Chocolate can be melted in microwave or double boiler. Be careful to not over-heat and seize up the chocolate.
– Soaking the cherries in liqueur infuses flavor and helps break down the structure slightly to make them moister and reduce tanginess. This Black Forrest Brownies with Toasted Almonds recipe has infused cherries as well.

Food Photography:

I shot this in natural light at 1/200 sec, f/ 2.0 . It was important to show the detail in the layers of this unique cheesecake. An overhead image did not show the internal detail as well. You can discern the layers, but not the important cherry pieces interlaced between. A cleanly cut slice on its side perfectly shows this detail. I happened to cut a nice slice that went right through a section of cherry pieces. The recipe has an elegant flair and a simple white dish creates this mood. Some whole cherries in the foreground creates a more complete scene and adds needed color to the photograph.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Products used in this recipe:

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow
Cuisinart 5-Speed Hand Mixer
T-fal Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece
Leakproof 9 inch Springform Pan


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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake with silky-smooth chocolate filling, topped with a layer of whipped cream infused with chocolate liqueur soaked-cherries.
Course Cheesecake
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cherry cheesecake, easy no bake cheesecake, no bake cheesecake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Calories 397kcal
Servings 12
Author: Matt Ivan
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, I used Oreo’s with filling removed
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Filling

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries, chopped in half
  • ½ cup chocolate or almond flavored liqueur
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 2 ½ 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • In medium bowl combine fine cookie crumbs, melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar. Press into bottom and 1-inch up sides of a greased 9-inch spring form pan. Set aside.
  • Place cherries in small bowl with liqueur to marinate. Drain after desired amount of time and discard or drink liqueur.
  • In small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water (do not stir). Let stand for 1 minute, and then heat on medium-low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Take off heat and cool.
  • In large bowl, beat softened cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar until combined, stir in cooled gelatin. Divide cream cheese mixture in half.
  • In separate small bowl, melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in-between, until melted. Cool slightly; while still in liquid form, stir into one half of the cream cheese mixture. Pour over prepared crust and spread evenly.
  • In separate large bowl, beat whipping cream with mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in other half of cream cheese mixture and drained cherries. Pour over chocolate layer in crust. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight to set the cheesecake. Garnish with more cherries if desired.
Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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– Recipe adapted from Taste of Home: No-Bake Recipes. Print. Summer 2014.

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    1. Hi Jane! Thanks so much for the comment and glad to hear that! I love getting feedback like that. It means a lot when someone makes one of my recipes for their family or an event.

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