Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake | Magnolia Days

Chocolate covered cherries have a special meaning to me. They were one of my dad’s favorite candies. He did not have them often and it was usually for the holidays. I could count on seeing a box of them when I visited my parents at Christmastime. I really do not care for those candies. It is one of the few chocolates I could do without. It is a whole different story with the flavors. The combination works so well and tastes so good. Add in cheese and cake and you get chocolate covered cherry cheesecake.

This cheesecake is heavenly from the bottom to the top. The crust is crushed Oreos (or rather the generic term of cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies). Four bricks of cream cheese go in this “little” 8-inch cheesecake. Chopped maraschino cherries are layered into the batter. It is finished with pouring warm chocolate ganache over the top and letting it spill down the sides. Need I say more? Heavenly indeed. It may be a smidgen decadent too. Just a smidgen.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake | Magnolia Days

I made the cheesecake for my mom and sister-in-law. We were celebrating their birthdays and I wanted a special dessert. I know my mom loves the Chocolate Pecan Torte but something different was in order. I went with a dessert that combined my mom’s love of chocolate and cherries with my sister-in-laws love of cheesecake. The birthday party started with some appetizers and then lasagna using my homemade tomato sauce. I also had cupcakes for my niece and nephews. It was a fantastic family Sunday Supper at my home.

Cheese, cake, and cheesecake is today’s Sunday Supper event. What is interesting is the meal I made for the birthday celebration had all three; lasagna (lots of cheese in there), cupcakes (little cakes), and chocolate covered cherry cheesecake. It wasn’t my intention to do that, it just happened. It must have been in my subconscious. I wonder what meals will happen after I check out all the recipes being shared for the event:

Cheese —

Cakes —

& Cheesecakes

What incredible cheese, cake, and cheesecake recipes! The Sunday Supper bloggers always inspire me. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to reading their posts and seeing what they have to share each week. How about you? Have you been inspired to cook something you found via Sunday Supper? If so, what was it? I’d love to know.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake
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Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
For the cheesecake:
  • 10 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (1 cup)
  • 32 ounces cream cheese (not whipped), at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped
For the ganache:
  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
For the cheesecake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In an 8-inch springform pan, press the cookie crumbs evenly on the bottom. Spray the sides above the crust with a non-stick cooking spray. Set pan aside. Dry chopped cherries between paper towels and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat cream cheese on medium speed until almost smooth. Scrape down bowl and beater. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Add eggs, one at a time, until just blended.
  4. Pour ⅓ of the batter over the crust. Carefully smooth out over the crust. Sprinkle ½ of the cherries over the batter. Repeat layers once and top with remaining ⅓ of the batter.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Run a thin-bladed knife carefully around the edges to release cake from the side of the pan. Cool cake completely in the pan on a rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove the top (side) of the springform pan. If the cake is not even on the top you can slice it to get it more even and level. Place the cake on a rack over parchment paper.
For the ganache:
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. In a small sauce pan, heat the heavy cream until steaming or barely to a simmer. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool for a few minutes to slightly thicken. Pour and spread chocolate over cheesecake letting some drip down the sides. Return cake the the refrigerator until ganache sets, about ½ hour.
  2. Garnish with maraschino cherries and/or whipped cream if desired. Serve chilled. Refrigerate leftovers covered or in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Recipe adapted from one on the Woman’s Day magazine website. I originally clipped it from the February 1995 magazine edition and have had it in my recipe book since then.

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  1. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    You had me at marachino cherries! This looks incredible, Renee! Beautiful cheesecake and such lovely photos. I am making this one for my next dinner party! 😉

  2. says

    Chocolate covered cherries hold a special place in my heart, as well (my grandpa’s fave)…I knew the minute I saw the sneak peek that I would be making this before long. It looks amazing, Renee.

    • says

      Thank you Heather! I’m glad I could bring back some wonderful memories of your grandpa with the mention of chocolate covered cherries. How great it is that food ties us to the memories of family and friends.

  3. says

    Love your cheesecake and it looks divine!!I love the creamy filling and the chocolate coating just takes it to another level!Gorgeous :)

  4. says

    Two pounds of cream cheese in an 8-inch cake? I am so impressed! My sister is the chocolate covered cherry fan in our family. Her birthday is two days after Christmas and I bought her a box every year when we were growing up. She would love your beautiful cake!

  5. says

    Renee, this is one amazing cake. Cherries, chocolate, and cheesecake are the perfect combination. I love cherries, and chocolate, and cheesecake…Yum!

    Do you know Mon Cheri? Cherries in chocolate with a little extra? So good :) and never available in the summer…

    • says

      Thanks Bea! I do know Mon Cheri although I have to admit I don’t care for them much. Same as with regular chocolate covered cherries candies.

  6. says

    I can’t get over how stunning this cheesecake is, Renee. From that perfectly thick, glossy ganache, to the rich, creamy, thick cheesecake and the delicious studs of cherry…I’m drooling! Really. Cherry and chocolate are so amazing together (although like you, i’m not a fan of those chocolate covered maraschino cherries either, unless we’re talking about dried cherries, yum!). I bet your mum and sister-in-love went gaga over this.

    • says

      Thank you so much Nancy for your very kind words about my cheesecake. My mom and sister-in-law enjoyed it very much. I sent slices home with them so they could have some later too.

  7. says

    Love chocolate covered cherries and cheesecake! I made a similar version to this once. Now I want to make it again (or rather, you make it and pass me a slice 😉 )

    • says

      I’d love to make this cheesecake for you Carla. Maybe one day you can come and visit. We would have a great time baking together.

  8. says

    Oh my goodness, Renee. You do know how to celebrate! Anything dessert with Oreos, cheesecake and a heavy cream and chocolate ganache is an eye-catcher! And as always your photography makes the dessert look even more appealing =)

    • says

      What is it about chocolate covered cherries and Christmas? They seem to be linked in some way. It must be from it being a special item or gift during the season years ago.


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