With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Monday, February 3, 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Want to make something creamy and chocolaty this Valentine's Day
for the Love of your life?
Try this chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo crust and just a hint of hazelnut.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake
recipe source: Kraft Recipes

18  OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
2 Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted
3 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup  granulated sugar
1 tsp.  vanilla
2 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup  hazelnut-flavored liqueur
3  eggs
2/3 cup  fresh raspberries
2 Tbsp.  powdered sugar (I used less)

HEAT oven to 325°F.
MIX cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 min.
BEAT cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended.
Add melted chocolate and liqueur; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

BAKE 55 min. to 1 hour 5 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.

TOP with berries and powdered sugar just before serving.

I baked this cheesecake for an hour and 15 minutes because it seemed too jiggly and I was concerned it would not firm up. I even checked to be sure my oven temp was correct (it was).  In the end, the cheesecake was just right so I suggest that you check to see how it bakes in your oven. The photo above was taken when the cheesecake was still slightly warm (yeah, I couldn't wait) and it was light and creamy. After refrigeration, the texture was slightly firmer.


Laurie said...

This looks like the perfect dessert to surprise my husband with, Lorraine. He loves all of the ingredients. Thank you for sharing!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

With your outstanding photography; you could make the mud and gunk I scrape off my shoes after stomping through the woods look good enough to eat. I tell you, this looks outstanding and can tell it is rich and creamy; like soft ice cream.

I use to work part time for a friend in her bakery after trying to get back on my feet from a broken leg. She made only cheesecakes and I fell in love with them. I thinks its the only think I could never get enough of.

Try eating a slice frozen, it will blow you away.

Hope you have a blessed week.

lindsey said...

Oh my goodness...I can always rely on you Americans to come up with wonderful Valentine recipes!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I ((love)) cheesecake! This looks delicious!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I just got done shoveling 9" of very heavy wet snow... Could you send a piece my way?:@)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That looks too delicious for my own good :) What a wonderful combination of flavors!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful, decadent and delicious I know! Thanks so much for sharing ~ it is a perfect Valentine dessert.


Jennifurla said...

That's a thing of beauty

Maria said...

Your cheesecake looks amazing!!!! So beautiful, and the chocolate hazelnut flavors sound so delicious!!! Cheesecake is my all time favorite dessert, and this one looks so good! I wish I had a slice for dinner tonight!!!

Winnie said...

What a fabulous cake!!
The texture looks sooooooooo rich and delicious

NanaDiana said...

That looks like a wonderful dessert, Lorraine. I am saving the recipe and waiting for my oven to get here!!! xo Diana

Ann said...

as good as that looks Wade won't be getting one for Valentines day because I'm dieting and I wouldn't be able to have any

Susan said...

Oh Lordy, Lord, Lord, LDH. That sounds fabulous. Looks gorgeous, too. Susan

Carol Z said...

I'm not sure there would be a piece left for anyone else. This looks so good! Take good care and keep cozy!

Think Loveliness said...

Looks delicious!! I must try it. Thanks for sharing :)

podso said...

Would you believe I have never made a cheesecake but I think I could tackle this address. It looks delicious! I'm all about chocolate!

Doris said...

I think I need to purchase a cheesecake pan =) YUM!!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Chocolate....cheesecake....combined....equals heaven!!! ;-)


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