Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Smooth, creamy and sweet, this easy Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is so simple to make from scratch. Rich and decadent, this chocolate-y dessert is the ultimate sweet treat for entertaining. Chocolate lovers just can’t get enough.

Slice of chocolate cheesecake with a strawberry on top on a white plate with a whole chocolate cheesecake on a marble cake plate in the background.

I’m a self-professed chocoholic.  Turn it into a cake and I’m all in.  No chocolate dessert is safe with me, ever.  That’s why when I make a chocolate dessert for The Suburban Soapbox, I have to promptly evict it from my house once the photos have been taken or I’ll eat the whole thing. That’s exactly what happened to this easy Chocolate Cheesecake.

The first time I tried cheesecake it was a chocolate cheesecake that my mom had made. I never thought I liked cheesecake because, when you think of the name ‘cheesecake’, it doesn’t sound very appetizing….like bread pudding. It sounds weird. Who wants cake made of cheese. Keep in mind this was my 9 year old mind at work.

Then my mom made the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake and everyone was just gushing over it….cue the FOMO….and I needed to take a bite. That was the bite that turned me into the cheesecake lover I am today. I love them all…..especially the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. AND the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. And basically, any cheesecake they serve there.

Chocolate Cheesecake on a white marble cake plate on a blue background.

So, when I went to work on creating a Chocolate Cheesecake recipe I wanted it to have the light creaminess of the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake but the bold chocolate-y flavor of the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. This easy Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is the best of both worlds.

The recipe my mom used to make was, actually, the Philadelphia Chocolate Cheesecake recipe (I think….that’s what I found in my recipe box.) Mine is very similar but I use more cream cheese and melted semi-sweet chips. I also like to add one secret ingredient to punch up the chocolate flavor and it’s what I use in so many chocolate desserts that it’s almost a staple for chocolate baking, now. It’s my favorite thing to put in these Chocolate Chip Cookies!

 

Overhead shot of slice of chocolate cheesecake on a white plate.

How to Make Chocolate Cheesecake

Making this easy Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is so simple.  It’s a great make ahead dessert that’s sure to impress any guest.  It’s fantastic for every holiday, especially Valentine’s Day.  (Or Galentine’s Day if your dude is a non-believer.)

To make the best Chocolate Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, butter and salt until clumps begin to form.
  3. Press the crumb mixture into a springform pan firmly and evenly across the bottom and halfway up the sides.
  4. Transfer the crust to the oven and bake until set, approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer pan to a wire rack and cool completely. Wrap the bottom and sides of the pan with foil.
  6. Reduce the oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips with the cream in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature but still pourable.
  8. Add the cream cheese to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  9. Beat in the sugar and vanilla scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  10. Add the eggs to the cream cheese mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  11. Slowly add the melted chocolate and espresso powder to the cream cheese mixture stirring to combine. 
  12. Pour the filling into the crust and set in a deep baking pan.
  13. Transfer the baking pan to the oven and fill with water. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until set but still wobbly in the center.
  14. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  15. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight.

You do need to plan a day in advance to make this baked Chocolate Cheesecake recipe but it’s a great way to get ahead of the game when planning a dinner party or holiday celebration.

Two slices of chocolate cheesecake on white plates with a whole chocolate cheesecake on a marble cake plate in the background.

How to Freeze your Cheesecake

If you want to make this Chocolate Cheesecake recipe several weeks (or even months) in advance, you can totally freeze your cheesecake with great results!

To freeze your Chocolate Cheesecake:

Wrap your baked and chilled cheesecake with plastic wrap and then wrap with foil. Place the wrapped cheesecake in a ziptop freezer bag and transfer to the freezer.

Freeze your cheesecake for up to two months.

To thaw your cheesecake, simply remove and unwrap your cheesecake completely. Transfer to a platter and allow to sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Overhead shot of chocolate cheesecake on a marble cake plate.

IF THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU’RE BAKING A CHEESECAKE, HERE ARE MY TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS:

  • Be sure all your filling ingredients are room temperature. This allows the ingredients to combine easily and become smooth without any lumps.
  • Do not skip the water bath! Placing your foil wrapped pan in the water bath during the baking time required will help to eliminate any cracking.
  • Do not over bake your cheesecake. The sides will be dry and firm to the touch but the center will still be wobbly. The cheesecake will firm up while it chills overnight.
  • To cut your cheesecake, run a knife under hot water and make your first cut. Wipe the blade with a warm, damp paper towel in between cuts.

Slice of Chocolate Cheesecake with a strawberry on top and bite on a fork.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR EVEN MORE CHEESECAKE RECIPES, THESE ARE THE BEST FLAVOR CHEESECAKE RECIPES EVER MADE:

New York Cheesecake slice on a blue plaid plate with the whole cake in the background on a white cake plate.

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Slice of Chocolate Cheesecake on a white plate with a strawberry on top.

Two slices of chocolate cheesecake on white plates with a whole chocolate cheesecake on a marble cake plate in the background.

Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 497 kcal
Author: Kellie

Rich and creamy, this Easy Chocolate Cheesecake recipe will be the hit of any dinner party.

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Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs approximately 9 ounces whole cookies
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 4 8- ounce blocks cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, butter and salt until clumps begin to form.
  3. Press the crumb mixture into a 9 inch springform pan firmly and evenly across the bottom and halfway up the sides.
  4. Transfer the crust to the oven and bake until set, approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer pan to a wire rack and cool completely. Wrap the bottom and sides of the pan with foil.
  6. Reduce the oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and heavy cream to a saucepan over medium-low heat and melt the chocolate until smooth, stirring occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature but still pourable.
  8. Add the cream cheese to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  9. Beat in the sugar and vanilla scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  10. Add the eggs to the cream cheese mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  11. Slowly add the melted chocolate and espresso powder to the filling mixture stirring to combine.
  12. Pour the filling into the crust and set in a deep baking pan.
  13. Transfer the baking pan to the oven and fill with water. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until set but still wobbly in the center.
  14. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  15. Serve chilled topped with strawberries or just straight up.

Recipe Notes

Total time includes 8 hours of chilling time.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 335mg 14%
Potassium 275mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 34g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 13.9%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 16.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 comments on “Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe”

  1. This is the perfect cheesecake. And it was SO EASY 🙂

  2. Chocolate and cheesecake go together so well this is seriously so good. 

  3. This looks incredible! I think I might make one and freeze it for a party we have next month! Thank you!

  4. This is my husband’s favorite dessert! I can’t wait to surprise him with this on Valentine’s Day…thanks!

  5. This cake was so easy and the flavor was amazing! Rich and delicious!

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