Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Total Time
12 Hours 25 Mins
Makes 10 servings

Let this elegant chocolate cheesecake be the centerpiece of your holiday tablescape featuring a gorgeous White Chocolate Snowflake in the center.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°. Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press mixture on bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

Step 2

Microwave chocolate and cream at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, beating just until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add chocolate mixture, beating just until blended. Pour batter into prepared crust.

Step 4

Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or just until center is set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Step 5

Remove sides of pan, and place cheesecake on a serving plate. Slowly pour warm Ganache Topping over cheesecake, spreading to edges. Chill 1 hour before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

ClemsonTiger89's Review

December 10, 2010
Excellent cheesecake! I too had a hard time finding the suggested cookies and chose to use shortbreads as well, but added 1/4 cup of cocoa to the crushed cookie mixture.

sweettea17's Review

December 02, 2010
Time consuming but so worth it!Hard to find the cookies for the crust.I bought chocolate shortbread cookies and added 1/4 tsp of almond extract.

blacklister4's Review

December 22, 2010
Had no trouble finding the cookies at Publix. My white chocolate snowflake was a total failure, but I attribute that to user error. The cheesecake is delicious, but it was insanely rich. 4 adults ate less than 1/4, and none of us finished our slices. Serves much more than 10.

KristieG16's Review

January 01, 2011
I was in charge of dessert for New Year's Eve, and this was a HIT! I found the cookies in the Keebler section, right next to the Pecan Sandies. This recipe takes some time, but it was worth it. I passed on the snowflake, and instead placed each piece on a swirl of raspberry sauce. Delicious! One small hint: put only half of the ganache on, refrigerate the rest and swirl that on top. It's easier to work with when cooled. I will definitely make this again! I agree with the other reviewer - this is very rich, so a small piece is all you need. This will serve a large group!

So good

December 04, 2016
This was absolutely fantastic! For the crust we did a combination of shortbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies because my daughter said she did not like almonds or dark chocolate, lol.  But other than we did everything the same.  I will definitely make it again. 

Help with the recipe

December 21, 2016
Haven't made this yet because I'm  Do the chocolate bars and cream get mixed in with the cream cheese mixture and that gets poured on the crust?  If so, where does the icing come from ( ganache ) ?  Thank you!

In the oven

December 21, 2016
Okay - a little confused:  It calls for 2 (4 oz) chocolate bars - I wasn't sure if it was a total of 4 oz. or a total of 8 so I erred on the light side and only used 4 oz.  Methinks it won't be as chocolate rich as it should be, more like a light chocolate flavor?  Well, we will see if it is still good!  Wish me luck!!! 


December 25, 2016
This was easy enough to make although I missed the ingredients for the genach because I didn't see the click through for that recipe but it was still delicious and lovely.

angie14's Review

November 29, 2012

Ecarabeo217's Review

July 29, 2013
This was fantastic! I had to go to two supermarkets to find the cookies. Also, I added an airplane-size bottle of kaluha to the ganache. Very rich and serves more than ten for sure. I didn't do the snowflake because it is July, but just the plain ganache was great. Took to a dinner party and it was a hit!