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Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

This delicious layered chocolate raspberry cheesecake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion! The raspberry layer has a fresh raspberry puree in it that gives it the light pink tint and a boost of flavor from the raspberry extract. The chocolate layer has both melted semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder in it to give it the perfect richness.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

Crust

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 5 T. butter melted

Cheesecake

  • 3 8 oz. bricks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup raspberry puree
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. raspberry extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
  • 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

Ganache

  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

  2. Add the cookies into a food processor. Pulse until cookie crumbs are all that are left. Remove any large pieces of cookie. 

  3. Add in the butter and pulse until the cookie crumbs resemble wet sand. 

  4. Press the crust into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. 
  5. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Cheesecake

  1. Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Beat on medium with a hand mixer until the cream cheese is smooth. Scrape down the bowl.

  2. Add the sugar and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat each egg in before adding the next. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

  4. Add the sour cream, raspberry puree, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium until it's just incorporated. Scrape the sides and stir in any remaining sour cream or raspberry puree. 

  5. Pour half of the batter into a separate bowl. Try to keep it as even as possible. I used a scale, but a measuring cup would work as well.

  6. Add the raspberry extract to one of the bowls of cheesecake batter. Now is the time to add food coloring if you want more of a pink color. I left it out. Stir until everything is combined.

  7. Melt the chocolate chips in a medium bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring. Repeat until the chocolate chips are completely melted. 

  8. Add 1/2 cup of the second bowl of cheesecake batter into the bowl with the melted chocolate. Immediately start stirring in the batter into the chocolate to avoid the chocolate seizing up or cooling down too much. 

  9. Once the batter is incorporated, add the cocoa powder to the chocolate mixture. Stir until it's completely incorporated. 

  10. Scrape the chocolate mixture in with the second bowl of batter. Stir to combine. 

  11. Add the chocolate cheesecake batter to the springform pan first. Spread it out evenly.

  12. Slowly pour the raspberry cheesecake batter on top to avoid it plopping into the pan and disturbing the chocolate layer. Spread it out so it covers all of the chocolate batter. 

  13. Wrap the springform pan with heavy duty tin foil. I like to do two layers of tin foil to keep the water out of the cheesecake. Place the cheesecake into a slightly bigger pan and fill with an inch to two inches of hot water.

  14. Place in the oven. Let the cheesecake bake for 1 hour 20 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes until done. To make sure the cheesecake is done, give it a wiggle. If it slightly jiggles in JUST the middle like jello, then it's done. If it jiggles on the edges, it needs to bake longer. Turn off the heat and crack the oven door slightly. Let it cool in the oven.

Ganache

  1. Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, begin making the ganache. 

  2. Add the chocolate chips and heavy cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the ganache looks like a smooth chocolate syrup. 

  3. Pour the ganache on top of the room temperature cheesecake. Place in the fridge until the ganache begins to thicken up. It will take 1 - 2 hours. 

  4. Add the fresh raspberries on top of the ganache and place back into the fridge until you're ready to serve it up. I prefer to let the cheesecake set up overnight before cutting into it, but it's not necessary.