Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chocolate Cheesecake

By Christy

Mom gave me a new cookbook for my birthday: Southern Living Home Cooking Favorites. There are so many delicious recipes in this cookbook it was hard to choose which recipe to try first but I decided on making a chocolate cheesecake. I based it off the recipe listed as a German Chocolate Cheesecake in the book but I decided the cheesecake was perfect enough, even without the topping. It's just the right amount of sweet, and chocolate, and deliciousness.

1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 325. Stir together the first three ingredients (crumbs, sugar, butter) and press ingot an ungreased 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool crust.

Increase the temperature to 350. Beat cream cheese, sugar, coca, and vanilla at a medium speed until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.  Bake for 35 minutes. Once removed from oven, run knife around the edge of pan. Cool completely in the pan. Cover and chill for 8 hours.

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