Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake

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Do you dream of making a chocolate dessert that is BETTER than restaurant-quality? Maybe a CHEESECAKE? What if I told you that YOU could easily make a chocolate cheesecake dessert that would make your guests swoon, and that would live on, in legend, long after the evening you made it for?

Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

Do you dream of making a chocolate dessert that is BETTER than restaurant-quality? Maybe a CHEESECAKE? What if I told you that YOU could easily make a chocolate cheesecake dessert that would make your guests swoon, and that would live on, in legend, long after the evening you made it for?

What if that cheesecake had a crust made of chocolate cookie wafers? And on top of that, a beautiful chocolate cheesecake layer? And on top of that, almost a butterscotch/pecan cheesecake layer? And on top of that, a vanilla sour cream cheesecake layer? And on top of that, a knee-weakening chocolate ganache, whose creaminess would melt on your tongue, like a lover’s kiss?

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This Triple-Layer Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Cheesecake chocolate is BETTER than restaurant-quality! What if I told you that YOU could easily make this chocolate cheesecake dessert that would make your guests swoon, and that would live on, in legend, long after the evening you made it for?

My beautiful and talented friend Diane, she of the Fabulous Friday Friends, is full of love, the gift of hospitality, and brilliant ideas. One of her latest ideas was to host a chick-flick party, at which she would show the movie “Chocolat”, and to which we could bring any yummy snacks we might enjoy. Diane told us she was planning to make us homemade truffles. They were spectacular!!! Several others of us decided to do a small variation on the chocolate theme, and bring chocolate treasures of our own.

I promised the girls that I would post the recipe that I made on my blog. I wish I could tell you that it is my own recipe, but actually, it is not. It came from my Southern Living cookbook. I have been making it for years, though, because it seems to have the effect of causing people to swoon, cheesecake and chocolate lovers alike. 

And now, here it is, 5 years later. We now know how to take better photographs, so I recently made it for my friend Denny’s 60th birthday party. Once again: the reaction was the same. Guests went back for seconds, and licked their forks. It went beautifully with our party for Denny, where we transferred the Sangiovese wine we made from the carboy, into bottles: our red wine bottling party.

My hope, is that instead of you feeling sorry for yourself because you weren’t there at either of our WONDERFUL parties, that you will purpose in your heart to have a little party and a lot of fun of your own.

I hope that YOU will invite some friends (or even better, some POTENTIAL friends) over, and have the time of your life, while you enjoy good food and good company. It is such a great thing to spread the love around! As the old song that I learned as a girl goes, “Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more”.

So here, without further ado, and just in time for your very next special occasion, here is: 

The Recipe for Chocolate-Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate-Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake
Serves 10
The best combination of ganache, cheesecake, and chocolate that you'll ever have!
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For the Crust
  1. 1 (8 1/2 oz.) package chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (about 2 c.) (I think the ones I use are called Nabisco's Famous Chocolate wafers)
  2. 3/4 c. sugar, divided
  3. 1/4 c. plus 1 T. butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Layers
  1. 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened and divided
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 t. vanilla extract, divided
  4. 2 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate, melted
  5. 1 1/3 c. sour cream, divided
  6. 1/3 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  7. 1 T. flour
  8. 1/4 c. chopped pecans
  9. 5 oz. cream cheese softened
  10. 1/4 t. almond extract
For the Chocolate Ganache/ Chocolate Glaze/Topping
  1. 6 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate
  2. 1/4 c. butter
  3. 3/4 c. sifted powdered sugar
  4. 2 T. water
  5. 1 t. vanilla extract
For the Crust
  1. Combine cookie crumbs, 1/4 c. sugar, and butter in a bowl; blend well. Press on bottom and 2" up sides of a 9'" springform pan. Set aside. (I use a little flat bottomed dish I have to help me press down the crumbs evenly.)
For the First Layer
  1. Combine 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese and 1/4 c. sugar; beat until fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1/4 t. vanilla; blend well. Stir in melted chocolate and 1/3 c. sour cream.
  2. Spoon over chocolate crust.
For the Second Layer
  1. Combine remaining (8 oz.) package cream cheese, brown sugar, and flour; beat until fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1/2 t. vanilla; blend well. Stir in pecans. Spoon gently over chocolate layer.
Third Layer
  1. Combine 5 ounces cream cheese and remaining 1/4 c. sugar; beat until fluffy. Add remaining egg, and blend well. Stir in remaining 1 c. sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Spoon gently over pecan layer.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hr.; turn off oven, and leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes. Partially open door of oven and leave cheesecake in oven an additional 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Chill at least 8 hours. Remove from pan.
For the Glaze/Ganache
  1. Combine chocolate and butter in top of a double boiler. Bring water in bottom of double boiler to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Stir the chocolate and butter, until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until smooth. Spread over cheesecake while glaze is warm.
  2. Spread warm chocolate glaze over cheesecake.
Notes
  1. If you refrigerate after applying the ganache, the ganache/glaze will lose its gloss.
Adapted from the Southern Living Cookbook
Adapted from the Southern Living Cookbook
That Susan Williams https://www.thatsusanwilliams.com/
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The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

The ingredients you’ll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

 

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

This is the little white flat-bottomed ramekin I use for patting down the cookie crumbs.

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

This is me mixing up the bottom layer, the chocolate layer of the cheesecake.

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

Here, I’m adding the pecan layer, the middle layer of the cheesecake, on top of the chocolate layer.

 

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

This is me adding the final layer of cheesecake: the vanilla layer.

 

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

Finally, I’m melting the chocolate and butter for the chocolate ganache: the glaze that is the crowning layer of the masterpiece.

 

The ingredients you'll need for your Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

The chilled cheesecake is crowned with the ganache, or the glaze.

And when the glaze is solidified, you get to enjoy! 

 

Do you dream of making a chocolate dessert that is BETTER than restaurant-quality? Maybe a CHEESECAKE? What if I told you that YOU could easily make a chocolate cheesecake dessert that would make your guests swoon, and that would live on, in legend, long after the evening you made it for?

The Whole Enchilada. Cheesecake. Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Chocolate Cheesecake.

If Chocolate Cheesecake isn’t your thing, despair not. I have a beautiful Blueberry Cheesecake  made with homemade shortbread cookies, for which I am also renowned, she said, modestly. (HA!) But it ain’t braggin’ if it’s the truth.

 


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Comments

  1. Hmmm – have you ever used a lower fat cream cheese? Does it work?

    I might well have to splurge with the calories however…. looks lovely!

  2. Oh. My. Word. I think I gained 5 pounds just reading the recipe!
    Delish!!!

  3. It looks good, bu is it as good as the blueberry cheesecake. I’ll have to try it and let you know.

    I’ll be over in 12 hours.

    11, if there’s a tailwind on I-40!

  4. GIRL! I am making that tomorrow!

    I actually have cream cheese in the house, so I should use it while it’s there – right?

  5. I can’t wait to try this!!

  6. I’m making this for my birthday. Never been much of a frosting gal, anyway. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Yummmm!! I need to make this! There are only 2 ingredients I don’t have, or I’d make it now!

    Thanks for sharing Susan!

  8. Susan, this is a great cheesecake tutorial, are you a teacher or something?! You are right up there with one of my favorite foodie websites, “The Pioneer Woman”
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/
    This is where the truffle recipe came from.
    I’m not sure I should get the credit for the movie and munchies idea, I think that was Julie, it was just my pleasure to pull it together.
    Hugs
    Diane

  9. My baby turns ten this week and has requested this instead of cake. Instead of cake!

  10. Dear Anonymous,I sincerely hope that you and your baby enjoy this cheesecake.For what it's worth, your baby has very good taste.Hugs!

  11. Martha Franco says

    Oh my goodness! I licked the screen!
    Swoon!

  12. This looks fantastic. Kind of like those late night TV ads, but wait there is more, another layer and then another layer oh and then why not add a layer of dense chocolate ganache!

  13. Good heavens…triple layers…THREE layers of chocolate goodness! This is divine. I love cheese cake and I love chocolate cake. This combinations must be simply scrumptious! Yum!

  14. This looks so yummy! I am totally pinning so I can return to it and try it out. But, first I must wait for my thighs to recover from the holidays. 🙂 Great recipe.

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