Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
20 mins. to 30 mins.
Baking time:
60 mins. to 1 hrs 15 mins.
Total time:
1 hrs 20 mins. to 1 hrs 45 mins.
Yield:
9" cake, about 16 to 24 servings
This straightforward chocolate cheesecake is everything you want it to be: rich, moist, dense, and hugely chocolate. Not only that — it's simple to put together, requiring neither special ingredients, nor a fussy water bath. If you're looking for a very rich (and very chocolate) dessert, you've found it.
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Crust

  • 24 vanilla-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (e.g., Oreos)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Filling

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 9" springform pan.
  2. 2) To make the crust: Crush, grind, or otherwise pulverize the cookies together with the sugar; a food processor works well here.
  3. 3) Add the melted butter, processing briefly or stirring until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Press the moist crumbs into the bottom and partway up the sides of the prepared pan.
  4. 4) Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven, and set it aside as you make the filling.
  5. 5) Reduce the oven heat to 350F.
  6. 6) To make the filling: Combine the milk and chocolate chips in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl or large cup. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chips melt and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat, stir in the espresso powder, and set the mixture aside.
  7. 7) In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar at low speed, until thoroughly combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and beat briefly, just until smooth.
  8. 8) Add the eggs one at a time, beating to combine after each one.
  9. 9) Stir in the vanilla, then the flour.
  10. 10) Add the chocolate/milk mixture, beating slowly until thoroughly combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl; beat briefly, just until smooth.
  11. 11) Pour the batter atop the crust in the pan.
  12. 12) Bake the cake (remember, the oven temperature should be 350F) for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake 1" from the outside edge comes out clean. A digital thermometer, inserted at the same point, should read 175F. The center may not look set; that's OK.
  13. 13) Turn off the oven, crack the door open several inches, and allow the cake to cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack to finish cooling. When it's completely cool, cover the cake, and refrigerate it until ready to serve.
  14. 14) Serve the cake in small slices, with whipped cream and berries, if desired.
  15. Yield: one 9" cake, 16 to 24 servings.

Tips from our bakers

  • When you're baking the crust, as soon as you can smell a strong chocolate aroma, remove it from the oven; it's done. The crust may or may not have baked for 15 minutes, but the "aroma test" is a better indicator of doneness than the amount of time elapsed.
  • For a simple garnish, reserve about 2 tablespoons chocolate crumbs from the crumb crust, prior to baking. Sprinkle some crumbs over the top of each slice just before serving.