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Black Forest Cheesecake

Level
Challenging
Prep
60 minutes
Cook
70 minutes
Servings
16 servings
  • Elegant and festive, Black Forest Cheesecake is the perfect addition to your Holiday Dessert Buffet! A rich and chocolaty cream cheese filling with a layer of chopped maraschino cherries tops a delicate chocolate crumb crust. Decorated with a dazzling layer of cherry topping and drizzled chocolate, this 1st Prize winning dessert is perfect for any celebration! Created by Jeanette Spaulding of Simpsonville, KY.
Key Ingredients
TOLL HOUSE®
Morsels and Baking Ingredients
NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 12 oz
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons water, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons NESCAFÉ TASTER'S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules, divided
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries, divided, juice reserved
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Make It
Step 1
Preheat oven to 500° F. Set roasting pan half full of water on lower rack of oven. Grease 10-inch springform pan.
Step 2
Melt 1/2 cup morsels and butter in medium, uncovered microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If, necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15- second intervals until melted. Combine 1 teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon Nescafé in very small bowl; stir to dissolve. Add coffee mixture, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon to chocolate mixture; mix well. Press on bottom and 1 inch up side of prepared pan.
Step 3
Beat cream cheese in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add sugar; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. Reserve 1/3 cup batter. Pour remaining batter into prepared crust.
Step 4
Melt 1/2 cup morsels in uncovered small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH(100%) power 1 minute; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals until melted. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon water and remaining 1 teaspoon Nescafé in very small bowl; stir to dissolve. Combine melted chocolate, reserved 1/3 cup cream cheese mixture and coffee mixture. Stir until smooth using wire whisk. Spread mixture on top of batter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup finely chopped cherries. Gently swirl with a thin knife. Place cheesecake on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200° F.; bake for 1 hour or until knife inserted in the center comes out with a creamy coating. Turn off oven and let cake cool in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove cake from oven. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
Step 5
Combine cornstarch and reserved cherry juice in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened . Cool completely. Stir in remaining cherries.
Step 6
Remove side of springform pan. Cover top of cheesecake with cherry topping. Place remaining 3 tablespoons morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small hole in corner of bag. Squeeze to drizzle over cherry topping.