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This No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake is an easy dessert that is made with fresh cherries. It serves 8 and costs $13.72 to make. That’s just $1.72 per serving!
Do you love cheesecake? Me too! But you don’t have the time it takes to bake it? Me neither! Do you want to add a little flavor to a plain old’ cheesecake? Then you’re in the right place!
I’ve got an easy cheesecake recipe for you today folks. And the best part? It is a no-bake cheesecake! When I say it’s no-bake, what I mean is that the cheesecake portion is no-bake. You will have to bake the crust, but that will take just 15 minutes.
Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake
This Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake makes the perfect treat for Valentine’s day. I love making it for friends or dessert for family dinner.
The chocolate ganache topping makes it extremely rich and puts it over the top. And is it just me or does adding cherries to something instantly make it better?
Think about it. Having a Coke, add cherry flavoring. An ice cream sundae is not complete without a cherry on top, right? Having a ham? Make a cherry glaze to put it over the top (P.S. I have a recipe for Ham with Cherry Glaze).
See what I mean? It only makes sense to add cherry flavor to a cheesecake. This no-bake cherry cheesecake will not disappoint! The chocolate and cherry flavors together are what your cheesecake dreams are made of!
If you’ve been a follower of my website for a while now you know that I’m not exactly a fan of chocolate, so I wasn’t expecting to love my recipe creation.
When I served this for dessert I sliced a very small piece for myself…and then went back for a more…and then a little more. The chocolate ganache topping makes this recipe super-rich but that didn’t seem to bother my little family. In fact, we loved it.
Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Questions Answered:
Why is it called cheesecake?
It is called cheesecake because it is typically made with cream cheese, here in the United States anyways. It has a crust of some sort such as graham crackers on the bottom so it is actually more like a pie than a cake!
How long does chocolate cheesecake last in the fridge?
A cheesecake will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to store the cheesecake in an airtight container.
How much will this No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake recipe cost?
RECIPE COST: $13.73
PER SERVING COST: $1.72
NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name brand products from Walmart’s website. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what your pantry is already stocked with and current grocery prices.
- 2 Cups crushed graham crackers – $1.32
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar – $0.04
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter – $0.40
- 2 Cups cherries fresh or frozen – $2.32
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice – $0.04
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch – $0.03
- 2 teaspoons cold water – $0.00
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips – $1.47
- 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese – $3.92
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar – $0.14
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.68
- 1 ⅓ cup whipping cream – $1.29
- 1/2 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate chopped fine – $2.08
- This recipe takes time. Not time to make, but time to set. I suggest making it the day before you plan on serving it.
No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake
FOR THE CRUST:
- 2 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
FOR THE FILLING:
- 2 cups cherries fresh or frozen
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
- 16 ounces packages cream cheese
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whipping cream
FOR THE TOPPING:
- ⅓ cup whipping cream
- ½ cup dark or bittersweet chocolate chopped fine
- fresh cherries
MAKE THE CRUST:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment or foil (make sure to leave overhang for lifting the cheesecake out of the pan) and grease lightly.
- Mix together the crushed graham crackers and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined.
- Spread the mixture in an even layer in the pan, use your hands to press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is set and golden. Place on a wire rack and cool.
MAKE THE FILLING:
- In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water. Stir until combined and until there are no more clumps. Set aside.
- Over medium-low heat, add the cherries, lemon juice, and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and stir until the mixture starts to thicken. Take off the heat and set aside to cool.
- Add the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Reduce to low, and slowly add in the mini chocolate chips and mix until combined. Fold in the cherry mixture until just combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks, and fold into the cream cheese mixture. Pour the filling over the cooled crust and spread evenly. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight before adding the topping.
MAKE THE TOPPING:
- Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a slow boil. Add the chopped chocolate to a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and leave it for 5 minutes. Whisk the chocolate and cream together until smooth. Pour chocolate over the top of the cheesecake. Top with additional cherries (optional) and chill for at least an hour before serving.
- Lift the cheesecake out of the pan using the overhang and peel your parchment paper/foil away from the sides of the cheesecake. Use a spatula to place the cheesecake on a platter. Serve and enjoy.
This post first appeared on Food Folks and Fun on July 10, 2013. I have since updated the photos and post content. Some of the original photos are below.