Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

by Renee on March 3, 2013

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

10 hours

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake

    For the cheesecake:
  • 10 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (1 cup)
  • 32 ounces cream cheese (not whipped), at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 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:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

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.

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.

Pour 1/3 of the batter over the crust. Carefully smooth out over the crust. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cherries over the batter. Repeat layers once and top with remaining 1/3 of the batter.

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.

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:

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 1/2 hour.

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.

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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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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz March 3, 2013 at 6:25 am

This is just stunning, Renee! Beautiful from the inside to the outside!!!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Thank you Liz!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 3, 2013 at 7:41 am

A non-decadent cheesecake is not worth it in my opinion. This is spectacular Renee! I really would love to share this one with you! Have a great day.

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I wish I could share it with you too. Hopefully we will meet IRL soon.

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Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate March 3, 2013 at 8:17 am

What a great recipe! and photos… Definitely a twist on an old favorite!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Thanks Janet!

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles March 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

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! ;-)

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Diana! I do love maraschino cherries. I’m thinking of making ice cream with them soon.

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Lindsey, the Redhead Baby Mama March 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

decadent!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Lindsey! It is decadent for sure. Tasty too. Worth every bit of decadence.

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Heather @girlichef March 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

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.

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina March 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

Oh mah gaw. Just…oh mah gaw. Gorgeous Renee!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Awe, thank you Jen! You are so sweet.

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes March 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

This is just incredible. So beautiful. Even my 18 year old son was a bit in awe… SO so yummy and so SO beautiful!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thanks Nicole. Such a nice compliment and so nice of you to say.

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Soni March 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

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

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Thanks Soni! I do love the chocolate top and bottom to this cheesecake. It’s a nice frame for the creamy part.

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Stacy March 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

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!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

It does have a lot of cream cheese. A little slice goes a long way.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry March 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

Absolutely gorgeous! I’m sooo loving the chocolate ganache! This cheesecake would certainly make a birthday extra special!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Lyn! The ganache turned out so shiny, I felt like a real chocolate maker/pro.

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Pam @ The Meltaways March 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Such gorgeous pictures and what a special dessert! Love it!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Pam!

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Beate March 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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…

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Your cheesecake is mouth watering! I love it!!!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Jennifer!

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

What a beautiful cake!

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thank you Conni!

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

While I too am not a big fan of chocolate covered cherries this looks like a version I could love

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Laura! It’s so different than the candies and why I like it so much.

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Crystal March 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

This sounds like it would be a great romantic Valentine’s Day dessert! I am drooling over here! It looks so yummy!

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Oh yes, it would be a great Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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.

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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.

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Tara March 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Wow, that looks so good, I am going to have to try this one for sure!!

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Tara!

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Sarah March 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

The candies were my grandpa’s fave too, What a wonderful tribute

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thank you Sarah! I’ll always think of my dad when I see chocolate covered cherries.

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Carla March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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 ;) )

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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.

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Kate | Food Babbles March 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I absolutely love cherries and I adore cheesecake. I don’t know how I’ve never combined these two together before. This cheesecake sounds wonderful! Absolutely lovely Renee!

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Kate! Chocolate + cherries + cheesecake = a winner as far as I’m concerned.

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Kim Bee March 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Oh my gosh, this is absolutely stunning. You completely knocked it out of the park. I wish I could come over for a slice.

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Kim! I wish you could come over for a slice too.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

Renee you outdone yourself bravo!

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Cindy, so sweet of you to say that.

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Anita at Hungry Couple March 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

Oooooh…cheesecake is my weakness and this one is over the top! I want….

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Now if you were a little closer then I could share it with you.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere March 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

This looks heavenly! I love the shiny ganache and then the contrast of the white cheesecake with cherries. Beautiful!

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Sarah! I do like the pop of red from the cherries in the cheesecake. It makes it festive in a way.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

This is an incredibly gorgeous cheesecake.

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Renee March 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Thank you Brianne!

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The Ninja Baker March 5, 2013 at 2:58 am

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 =)

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Renee March 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

Thank you Kim!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

Renee!!!!! Oh my goodness this looks so good!!! What a perfect dessert for a fantastic family Sunday Supper you had!

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Renee March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thanks Alice!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

mmm yum!! I love chocolate covered cherries! I adore them at Christmas time! I know I would LOVE this cake!

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Renee March 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

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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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

This looks to die for! I remember my grandpa always eating those chocolate covered cherries. I was never a huge fan. But seriously I think I would gobble this up in seconds

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Renee March 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Lane! It is completely different from the candies. So very much better to me.

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Faye March 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

I love this cheesecake recipe.

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