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Chocolate cheesecake recipe?

I'm going to be making a surprise desert for a friend's bachelorette party in a few weeks and I'm looking for recipe suggestions. Her soon-to-be-husband suggested a chocolate cheesecake. I'm thinking of doing something with caramel and nuts. I think that just sounds yummy!

Any suggested recipes would be great!! Thanks so much, fellow Chowhounders!

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  1. I made this recipe from Cooking Light for New Year's Eve dessert last year... it was decadent and delicious, and not too difficult considering it was the first time I'd made cheesecake. Also, since it's a CL recipe, it's not TOO calorific - good if your friend doesn't want to be completely fat for her wedding. ;)

    http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

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    1. re: Raedia

      Sounds great! Can you re-post the link? It doesn't seem to be working. Thanks so much!!!

        1. re: KrazyB

          Happy to help! It doesn't have the caramel and nuts you're looking for, but I don't see why you couldn't add those in... that sounds really good actually. :)

      1. There's no caramel and nuts in this recipe, but it's such a good one! I use the lower fat cream cheese, but that's the only substitution. I can't remember where this recipe came from originally, as it was given to me by a friend...

        Crust
        24 chocolate wafer cookies (from one 9-ounce package)
        1 tablespoon sugar
        1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

        Filling
        1 9.7-ounce bar 70% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped--the recipe called for Scharffenburger but that was too $$ for me, so I just use the equivalent in some other chocolate, turned out great anyway
        4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature--i used the low-fat version
        1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
        1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Scharffen Berger)
        4 large eggs

        For crust:
        Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 3-inch-high sides. Blend cookies in processor until finely ground; blend in sugar. Add melted butter and process until well blended. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom (not sides) of prepared pan. Bake just until set, about 5 minutes. Cool while preparing filling. Maintain oven temperature.

        For filling:
        Stir chopped chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water; cool chocolate until lukewarm but still pourable. Blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder in processor until smooth. Blend in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in lukewarm chocolate. Pour filling over crust; smooth top. Bake until center is just set and just appears dry, about 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of cake to loosen. Chill overnight.

        1. A homemade vanilla wafer crust makes this crust especially delicious.

          Ingredients

          Crust:
          2 C. (about 50) crushed vanilla wafers
          1 C. ground toasted almonds
          1/2 C. granulated sugar
          1/2 C. (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted

          Filling:
          2 C. Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels
          1 1/4 oz. envelope unflavored gelatin
          1/2 C. milk
          2 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
          1/2 C. sour cream
          1/2 tsp. almond extract
          1/2 C. whipping cream, whipped

          Directions

          To make crust, combine crushed cookies, almonds, sugar and butter in medium bowl;
          mix well. Press firmly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.

          For filling, microwave morsels in medium, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high 70%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Sprinkle gelatin over milk in small saucepan; let stand for 1 minute. Warm, stirring constantly, over low heat until gelatin is dissolved; remove from heat. Beat cream cheese, sour cream and melted chocolate in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in gelatin mixture and almond extract; fold in whipped cream. Pour into crust. Chill for about 3 hours or until firm. Run knife around edge of cheesecake; remove side of springform pan. Garnish as desired.

          1. This is my go-to cheesecake recipe. I have made it so many times I should know it by heart! The ganache topping is to die for.

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            1. The more I look around the more interested I am in a brownie cheesecake combo. I'm thinking that might let the cheesecake flavor really shine but there is still the intense chocolate from the brownies (and maybe a chocolate ganache topping?). Anyone have any suggestions along these lines?

              Since it's a special party I'd really like it to be something that really shines and I'm worried that the plain chocolate cheesecakes will be a little ho-hum. Does that make sense? I'm looking for something with a serious wow-factor.

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              1. re: KrazyB

                I can promise you that the recipe I posted above is neither "plain" nor "ho hum." It is gorgeous and delicious, and no one will believe that you made it. And if you don't believe me, read all the reviews posted w/ the recipe!

                1. re: mdepsmom

                  Second that. Mdepsmom - thank you *so* much for sharing the link for this amazing recipe. Oh. My. Lord. Food of the gods. Just made it yesterday. Anyone wanting an exquisite choc cheesecake recipe - look no further. This will end your search. Came out perfectly and everyone loved it!!