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Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

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I stumbled upon this recipe a couple of years ago and it has become one of my favorite recipes for cheesecake-it is easy to prepare, impressive in presentation, requires no fancy ingredients, and it is just plain SCRUMPTIOUS!

With a pleasantly crumbly chocolate cookie crust, dense, chocolaty and not-too-sweet filling, and topped off with a super rich double chocolate ganache, this delectable dessert will become your very favorite. Even if you do not have very much experience in the kitchen, my step by step instructions and detailed photos will guide you along as you create this effortless and fabulous dessert.
 
 
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Step 1: Getting started

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Here's the ingredients you'll need for the cheesecake (the ganache ingredients are listed below)

1 1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 18 cookies)
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature

For the Ganache topping you will need-
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels (1 cup)
1 (6-ounce) package milk chocolate morsels (1 cup)

Equipment you will need-
-An electric mixer (hand-held or stand)
-A rolling pin or blender (for making the cookie crumbs)
-A 9 inch springform pan- if you do not own one, I recommend you make your purchase here
-Measuring cups and spoons
-A spatula
-A whisk (I didn't include this in the picture)
-A large mixing bowl
-An OVEN! :-)
Ash11109 months ago
Can this be made into cupcakes or mini cheesecakes?
katie-lyn1111 months ago
Looks AMAZING! I want some!

rrkrose1 year ago
Your pictures are beautiful and the cake looks delicious!
nwhyte11 year ago
OMG. I was looking at several chocolate cheesecake recipes, and as my first one I wasn't looking for a really complicated recipe...

This is awesome! We haven't yet eaten it, but it looks yummy!

My only thing is that mine didn't sink, so I think to keep the Ganache from going everywhere, I'm going to keep the belt on and pour the Ganache on the cheesecake with the sides on. Let the ganache harden in fridge and then take it off.
made this multiple times and its the best cheesecake ever.!
Have made this twice now, love it. Nothing to fix, nothing to do differently.

Although just so you know the ganache is just fine when its not firm, but it tastes better completely cooled.:)
eulaliaaaa!2 years ago
It's so beautiful!
Musicman413 years ago
so, do you crush the cookies with the cream inside, or remove the cream first.  It sounds like your directions say to leave the cream, but your pictures seem to be without cream.
A lot of stores sell the pre-made graham cracker crusts, already in the pie pan. Well, they also sell the Oreo-cookie crusts as well (some stores- not all). I buy those, remove from the store-bought pan, and press into the bottom of the springform. Stays together pretty well without adding any butter. I have also tried crushing and spreading Pecan Sandies cookies for the crust-- I think I like that flavor better for this cheesecake (so do my guests).
kitchenwench (author)  Musicman413 years ago
Musicman41,
Yes, you leave the cream in the cookies. It makes the crust stay together better! Thanks for asking.
Thanks for the responce.  I want to make this for my Mothers birthday, but I fear it may not make it to the table!!
nickelsalsa3 years ago
 Sounds easy and very delicious! I have gluten issues, so going to try this for a party in a few weeks but using the GF cookies. Thanks for the inscrutable!
My Gluten Free friends loves this. I make sure I use *real* vanilla extract. My local Kroger store sells GF cookies similar to Pecan Sandies, and I crush them up for the crust--- tastes better than the oreos!
Thanks, I made this cake, altho i had some problems converting the measurments at the beginning, and finding all of the ingrediences in Sweden, I finally succeded. And everybody loved it!

Thanks! I recommend this cake to everyone that loves chocolate!
Captmeach73 years ago
I made this as part of a Valentines in 09 and forgot to comment and thank you. It tasted delicious and i managed to get some shots.(im sorry it was a crappy camera phone) My girlfriend loves cheesecake and i normally pass on it but this was just great.
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Oh my Goodness. That cheesecake looks like a dream!
I love this, I just made this and its wonderful!!!
bclinton3 years ago
If we don't have a springform pan, is there a good substitute, (I need this for Turkey day)
hampst3 years ago
this looks absolutely amazing and delicious. and yes, i do like the sunken tops :)
hampst3 years ago
you can also put them in a bag and step on them :D
Zion_Sphere3 years ago
What a delicious looking dessert. Just feed it to me! lol
mesy45673 years ago
Do you crush them with the cream filling in them?
eoutlaw3 years ago
Is it wrong to be in love with a cheesecake? I think I'm in love. ^_^
Crushed cookies... check. Whipped cream cheese... cheWHAT THE HECK, MY MIXER IS BROKEN! AH! Any suggestions for whippin' that cream cheese? I think my mixer was just too cheap to do the job, but it was pretty soft when I put it in the bowl (let it hang out on the counter for a little bit). I'm baggin' it all up to hopefully bake the cake at my folk's house. I just hope their mixer doesn't crap out, too!
make shure your mixing bowl and beater (whip is better) and cream are cold. Put in refridgerator for an hour before whipping.
zorra5783 years ago
Every single time I cook cheesecake it fluffs up and gets cracks in the middle.  You have any idea what this is from?  Is this from overcooking, temp too high, cake on the wrong rack?
It needs to be in a water bath. That will help immensely. Put the springform pan into a larger square pan about 1/2 full of water for the entire baking process. :]
It's how I do my cheesecakes.
the cheesecake cracks from setting too hard. try setting your oven 25 degrees cooler and shorten the time the oven is on. Once it looks like the custard is close to settting, turn off the oven and crack the door. then don't move it for at least an hour. This will allow the custard to cook more gently and hopefully not set hard.
Lisa!3 years ago
 my pants feel tighter just thinking about it, oh well i dont care!
Wonderful cake, 10/10! Personally, I enjoyed eating it immersely, but my family members who dislike sweet things tried it and said that it was too sweet. Is there an alternative to reduce the sweetness of the cake? Pls help!
adisaat4 years ago
Saw it..
i was like omg omg omg!
i wana try it haha!

So after finally *after so long and its been killing me*
I decided to make it haha!

Now im at the baking part ^_^
The cake is becoming bigger than the pan itself..
Im scared LOLS!
And it jinggles ><
haha!

Well this recipe is FUN! Woot!
Yay!
zascecs adisaat3 years ago
 haha...
zascecs3 years ago
Good stuff! 
What do you use if you don't have a springform pan?
You're probably not around anymore, but I don't have one either. If I make this I'll use a regular pan, line the bottom with a piece of parchment or waxed paper cut to fit, and leave it in the pan until I'm ready to cut the slices. This sounds wonderful! I love Oreos but I am going to use either graham crackers or chocolate wafer cookies so that they don't dominate the flavors. I've had a trifle made with Oreos and they were all I could taste.
flio1915 years ago
hey, thanks for the recipe again, but you should mention a key thin in your melting the chocolate part. IF you use the microwave to melt the chocolate, its wise to melt them in 20 second intervals, mixing WELL in between, because if you do it all in one turn, you risk breaking the glass/whatever you put it in. I remember breaking a glass cup once for another recipe, and it ruined not only my cup but the chocolate, so it would be a good thing to include. oh, this is my favorite recipe by the way! this is the third time I'm making it!
flio191, any glass will break if it's not microwaveable. Use a Pyrex bowl and you won't have this problem (a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup is a handy item). You should melt and stir in short bursts anyway, to make it melt evenly. I much prefer a double boiler or bain marie, though; microwaving chocolate risks scorching.

Yummy  sounding recipe, Kitchenwench, and gorgeous looking too flio! I may try this for Mothers Day.
flio191 flio1915 years ago
oh yeah, you should also include that there is a separate recipe and materials for the ganache below, because i almost forgot the whipping cream and extra chocolate.
flio191 flio1915 years ago
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 mine all mine, don't even look at it. mmmmmmmm. i tried to explain to my wife that the dog ate it, but, we haven't got a dog!!! i'll just come clean and tell her that my 5yr daughter old ate it. is that wrong? 
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