Servings: ten to twelve.
You can’t get more chocolate than this cheesecake: a chocolate-wafer crust, melted dark chocolate in the filling, and chocolate shards scattered over the top. Create your own customized cheesecake recipe with our Recipe Maker.
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In a medium bowl, stir together the chocolate wafer crumbs and 3 Tbs. granulated sugar. Mix in the melted butter until the crumbs are evenly moist and clump together slightly. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch springform pan and press evenly onto the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of the pan (to press, use plastic wrap or a flat-bottom measuring cup). Bake until the crust is fragrant and slightly darkened, 9 to 12 minutes. Let the pan cool on a rack. Lower the oven temperature to 300°F.
Add the vanilla and beat until blended, about 30 seconds. Add the eggs one at a time, beating just until blended. (Don’t overbeat once the eggs have been added or the cheesecake will puff too much and crack as it cools.) Pour the filling into the cooled crust and smooth the top.
Bake at 300°F until the center jiggles like Jell-O when nudged, 55 to 65 minutes. The cake will be slightly puffed around the edges, and the center will still look moist. Set on a rack and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. The cake can also be frozen at this point for up to 1 month (see make-ahead tip, below).
Unclasp and remove the side of the springform pan and run a long, thin metal spatula under the bottom crust. Carefully slide the cake onto a flat serving plate. Garnish with chocolate shards and serve immediately. To cut, run a thin knife under hot water, wipe it dry, and cut the cake into slices, heating and wiping the knife after every slice.
Make Ahead Tips
To freeze, put the unmolded, cooled cake on a rimmed baking sheet in the freezer, uncovered, until the top is cold and firm; then wrap it in two layers of plastic and one layer of foil. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
A friend gave me the heads-up that the chocolate wafers are kept with the ice cream toppings and, voila, that's exactly where they were. Who knows why!
Have made this several times and it is always delicious. If I can't find the wafers I use chocolate graham crackers. I used 60% bittersweet for filling. Comes out perfect each time. Delish! Can't decide which chocolate cheesecake is my favorite - this one or the other FC recipe that has sour cream in the filling.
Fantastic recipe. Easy to make, impressive dessert to serve to company. I couldn't find chocolate wafers so I used Oreo cookies, scraped off the frosting and crushed in a ziploc bag. Decadent. Served raspberries on the side. Saved this recipe to make again. Turned out to look just like the picture.
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