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The Best Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 12 slices

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This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It’s perfectly rich, creamy, and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake! Includes step by step recipe video

This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!

I know it sounds a little crazy.

Overly self-confident maybe.

But this here is my blog, and I really believe this is the best chocolate cheesecake!

Ever since I stole some tips from Canadian Living to make The Best Vanilla Cheesecake, I knew there were going to be many, many more variations of this cheesecake!

And you better believe this will not be the last one.

This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!

Because based on the popularity of The Best Vanilla Cheesecake, you guys love cheesecake just as much as I do!

I can’t blame you though… that rich, creamy, tangy filling with a dollop of whipped cream? Pretty much the best combination!

This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!

For this cheesecake, I wanted to go all out chocolate: we’ve got an Oreo crust, topped with a silky smooth chocolate cheesecake, and homemade whipped cream!

One thing I love about this cheesecake is everything you can do with it! You can dress it up for the holidays with some crushed candy canes, or some mint extract and mint leaves, you could add some instant coffee, you could add some orange zest — you can do almost anything to take it up a notch, or just leave it chocolate on chocolate on chocolate (<– not a bad thing either!).

This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!

It took me two tries. The first cheesecake had way too much batter for the pan, and it was firmer and denser and less….. luscious. The first one was okay (I served it at a family gathering! I always feel a little guilty about serving those Round #1’s though, you know? Like, “here, would you like to eat my work in progress?”), but this one is perfect.

And I really believe that. It is so soft and creamy and not dense, and it bakes perfectly smooth with no water bath.

With the second version, I went with vanilla whipped cream instead of chocolate because I  like the contrast. The whole chocolate on chocolate on chocolate on chocolate was a little much for me the first time, but if that’s your thing, then go all out with the chocolate whipped cream!

This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!

Tips for making the Best Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • I always place a piece of parchment paper in between the outside ring and the bottom piece to ensure easy removal from the pan, and wrap the bottom with tin foil to prevent any leakage!
  • Use good quality milk or dark chocolate in this recipe — a plain, solid chocolate bar is good enough! Avoid using chocolate chips if possible.
  • Don’t rush the baking or the chilling — a good low oven temperature (and a long bake), as well as a long, slow cooling process are the best ways to ensure you get a perfect chocolate cheesecake with no cracks.

Watch the recipe video in the recipe card and see how easy it is to make!

The Best Chocolate Cheesecake

5 from 4 votes
This is the BEST Chocolate Cheesecake! It's perfectly rich, creamy (with the help of Greek yogurt), and bakes up with no cracking and no water bath needed. This is the easy way to perfect baked cheesecake!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 slices
Calories 431cal

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate baking crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 100 g chopped chocolate about ¾ cup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 35%
  • 16 oz light cream cheese (or regular), room temperature (2 packages)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups 0% plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a 9" Springform pan with parchment (place it in between the top and bottom sections and close around it -- this will make it easier to remove). Lightly grease the inside of the pan and wrap the bottom in tin foil.
  • Combine butter, chocolate crumbs and sugar and press into the bottom of the pan and 1" up the sides.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until dry. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine chocolate and cream and microwave on high in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add yogurt, eggs, vanilla, salt and cocoa and beat until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of the bowl if necessary.
  • Add melted chocolate and beat until combined.
  • Pour onto crust and bake at 275 degrees F for 1.75-2 hours (I bake mine 2 hours exactly), until top appears dry but cheesecake still jiggles when moved. Turn the oven off and let sit in warm oven with the door closed for 20 minutes.
  • Remove to a wire rack on the counter, gently run a knife around the inside of the pan and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until completely chilled (I like to chill overnight). Carefully remove the outside ring. Slice and serve.

Notes

You know I'm not really one for rules, which is why I love this no water bath method. I've often baked this cheesecake in the evening, forgetting how long it takes to bake, being forced to move it to the fridge before it's cooled completely. It is just fine! Just place on a pot holder or wire rack inside the fridge and loosely cover with foil or plastic wrap.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 431cal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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Comments

  1. Janet says

    I’m a little confused about the chocolate crumbs for the crust – do you buy chocolate baking crumbs, or do you use Oreo cookies & crush them into crumbs? Thank you!

  2. Rose says

    Hi Ashley, I’m at a high elevation (near the Rockies) so it affect baking temps and times. If you could tell me where you’re located that would be helpful to me for this recipe.
    Thanks!

  3. Yuliya says

    Hi Ashley! I am planning to bake this cheesecake tomorrow. Do you think its a good idea to add chocolate chips to it? If yes how much do you think should be added for this recipe?

  4. Tania says

    This looks fabulous, and I want to make it soon. One question: when I blend the Oreos, do I leave in the white filling, or do I scrape it off off the cookies before blending. Thanks so much!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You will use chocolate baking crumbs, so no cookies or frosting. You could make your own by processing whole Oreos, I would probably leave the filling in and reduce the butter slightly

  5. Kate says

    Approximately how long does it take to cool to room temperature? Started baking later in the evening and forgot about additional cooling time. Thanks!

  6. Marijne says

    Hi Ashley,

    I am so glad that I found an easy recipe for chocolate cheesecake. Well I am from Holland en I don’t exactly know how 1/2 cup is in grams. Can you help me out with that? I would love to make this cake!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Unfortunately every ingredient weighs a different amount and I’m unsure of the weights of all of the ingredients. I do try to include weights in my newer baking recipes but don’t have them listed here unfortunately

    • Ashley Fehr says

      We don’t find that it does, but you are free to swap some out. Using additional cream cheese will result in a heavier cheesecake, so just be prepared. If you’d like to counteract the flavor of the yogurt more, you could use a touch more sugar or milk chocolate.

    • kathleen gray says

      made this last week for church it got rave reviews, I used sour cream as suggested rather than the yogurt. The cheesecake came out perfect. Everyone just loved it and asked if I could make it again. Thank you

  7. Steph says

    The cakes looks and sounds amazing *.*
    Would you be able to share the metric measurements as well?
    I know from other recipes that converting from US cups can always be a bit tricky.
    Muchly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Steph

  8. John Alvarez says

    Ashley I followed the recipe but my cake collapsed. Any idea why? What can I do so this doesn’t happen again.

    Thank you.

    John

  9. Judy says

    For years I’ve suffered from a serious chocolate addiction I inherited from my mom. (She would love that I use her as my excuse to eat chocolate)!!
    When using whipped cream to garnish your cheesecake add cocoa powder with a little powdered sugar to the cream and a teaspoon of chocolate extract for an even more decadent dessert.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      That’s a fun idea! I like the balance of a little vanilla with my chocolate, but you can definitely make this the cheesecake for chocolate lovers with chocolate whipped cream 🙂

  10. Sana says

    Hi,

    I was wondering if adding a tablespoon or two of cornflour or plain flour would help in the binding of the cake, as a reviewer was mentioning about the cracking or wouldn’t it make much difference? Recipe looks really nice and I cant wait to try but since I don’t have much experience in baking cheese cakes just wanted to check with you on this.
    Thanks

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Sana! You can definitely try that if you want. I think the cracking is likely due to other things, and I have honestly never had any cracks with this cheesecake

      • Sana says

        Thanks for your swift reply Ashley. i will follow the recipe for now . Just one more question- I can half the recipe if I want to (for a small cheese cake) and the results should be the same ?

        • Ashley Fehr says

          No problem! I have never halved the recipe. I imagine the results would be the same if the depth of the cheesecake is the same (too shallow and it will be dry), and the bake time will likely be less.

      • Barbara Schieber says

        Dear Ashley, I have a convexion oven, how much bake time and what temperature would I need to use. I am having this problem with all baking recepies, because I don´t know the conversion factor for convection oven. Thanks a lot.

  11. Sana says

    Hi

    i was wondering if adding a table spoon or two of cornflour or plain flour would help in the binding of the recipe, since a reviewer was complaining about cracking of the cake. The recipe looks very nice and would love to try but since I am not into baking cheese cakes so just wanted check with you before trying it out.
    Thanks

  12. Makuna says

    Hello i am making chocolate cheescake and i want to know after its baked , i must wait until its almost cold and then place it in refrigerator ?

  13. Jessica says

    Just baked this for 2 hours and cooled for 20 minutes, and its still raw in the middle and cracked. 🙁 followed recipe Exactly. But then I’m not used to making baked cheesecakes. Going to have another crack at it again. (The raw batter tasted extremely sweet, is it meant to that sugary??)

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It is sweet but also tangy, it’s not overly sweet for a cheesecake, no. The important thing when baking is to look at the bake time but also the visual signs of doneness — don’t just remove the cheesecake when the time is up. Look to see that it is set on top but with only a slight jiggle. I’m wondering if the oven temperature might be off?

      • Linting says

        I had this problem too but I think it’s because I didn’t know when I should remove the sides of the springform pan and it must have been too soon. I removed it after taking it out of the oven. Perhaps I should have waited until it had chilled overnight in the fridge? It completely fell apart.

  14. Jonathan says

    I’m baking this today for tomorrow’s Christmas lunch with the boyfriends family. Cheesecake is always a favourite!! I’m looking forward to presenting your chocolate cheesecake as the first thing I’ve baked/cooked for the in-law family!!

  15. Beth Hastings says

    Ashley, as this is a creamier cheesecake filling, do you think it will support the weight of me flooding the top with cranberry sauce? I’d like to serve it for Christmas.

  16. Candace Fisher says

    I was wondering if I cld use vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain Greek yogurt. I want to try this recipe but I dnt have all of the ingredients and all I have on hand is Vanilla Greek yogurt

  17. Julie says

    This was amazing. Made for the first time for my 15 year olds birthday. I knew I could trust your recipe to turn out without a practice run. Loved by the birthday girl and everyone else!

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