Chocolate Cheesecake

An easy chocolate cheesecake, no water bath required!  
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 850kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 1 Oreo Crust it does not need to be baked, just assembled
  • 10 oz dark chocolate 60-75% (285g)
  • 32 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature (907g)
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar 266g
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (160g)
  • 4 eggs room temperature

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 1/3 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips (240g)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (120ml)
  • 1/2 batch homemade whipped cream optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F and wrap the outside of a 9" springform pan with foil (this is to prevent any leaks). Prepare Oreo crust according to recipe instructions and set aside.
  • Chop your chocolate bars into small pieces (if using chocolate chips, you do not need to chop) and place in a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir well. Microwave again for 15 seconds and stir again, repeat until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
  • In a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand-mixer), beat together softened cream cheese and sugar, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally to ensure ingredients are mixed well. (beat on medium-speed about 1-2 minutes, scraping down side occasionally).
  • Add sour cream and stir well, pausing once to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Stir in melted chocolate until completely combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just mixed after each addition (and scraping down the sides after each addition).
  • Spread cheesecake batter evenly over prepared cookie crust.
  • Bake on 350F (175C) for 40-45 minutes or until cheesecake is set in the center and springs back to the touch.
  • Allow cheesecake to cool to room temperature, and then transfer to refrigerator and chill at least 6 hours before covering with ganache.  

Chocolate Ganache

  • Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Allow ganache to cool for 10 minutes and then pour evenly over cheesecake. Allow ganache to set before topping with whipped cream (if using) and slicing and serving.


Serving: 1slice (whipped cream not included in calorie count) | Calories: 850kcal