Marbled Bittersweet Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake

recipe
Take cheesecake to the next level by adding in the flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. This stunning marbled dessert will impress your holiday guests.

Yield:

10 to 12 servings

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Ingredients

2 cups coffee and cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, about 20 cookies (we tested with Oreos)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
3 tablespoons coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 (1-ounce) bittersweet chocolate baking squares, melted and cooled

Preparation

Stir together cookie crumbs and butter; press firmly into bottom of a 10" springform pan.

Bake at 325° for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir coffee, liqueur, and vanilla into batter.

Reserve 2 1/2 cups batter; pour remaining batter into crust.

Stir melted chocolate into reserved batter. Spoon dollops of chocolate batter over coffee batter. Swirl batter gently with a knife.

Place springform pan in a large round shallow pan, and add hot water to shallow pan to a depth of 2".

Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until cheesecake is almost set. Turn off oven, and let cheesecake stand in closed oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven; gently run a knife around edges to loosen sides. Cool on a wire rack; cover and chill 8 hours.

Note:

Caroline Grant,

Christmas with Southern Living 2004

May 2004
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