Sunday Night® Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
When our founder created this cheesecake, it quickly became our favorite Sunday Night dessert so far (even with our cheesecake skeptics!) Rich, creamy, pure chocolate flavor in every bite. It’s everything you love about chocolate cheesecake, only 3 times better!
1 cheesecake (12 to 16 servings)
9 ounces chocolate-wafer cookies, such as Nabisco Famous or Oreos (with the white cream in the middle scraped out)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of fine salt
3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon espresso powder
1 (9.2-ounce) jar Sunday Night® Dark + Decadent Chocolate Premium Dessert Sauce*
1 (9.2-ounce) jar Sunday Night® Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt Premium Dessert Sauce* for glazing the top*
Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in center. Assemble a 9-by-3-inch springform pan with raised side of bottom part facing up. Grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray and then wrap the outside lower half with heavy duty aluminum foil, pressing tightly around the bottom edges to seal. Place the springform pan on a large rimmed baking sheet.
For the Crust: In a food processor, grind the cookies until fine. If using Oreos, scrape out the white cream in the middle and only use the chocolate cookie. Use a scales to measure 9 ounces of cookies without the cream filling. Add melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, and salt and pulse until combined. Press evenly into bottom and 2 inches up sides of the springform pan. Use the side of a metal measuring cup to help form the crust to the sides of the pan. Bake until fragrant and firm, about 12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack while you prepare the filling.
For the Filling: In a large bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle beater, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth and no lumps remain. Add flour and espresso powder and beat to combine. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Remove the lid from a 9.2 ounce jar of Sunday Night Dark + Decadent Chocolate Premium Dessert Sauce and heat in the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds on high (no longer!) Pour the warm sauce into the batter and beat to fully incorporate the chocolate. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs to blend, but do not beat. With the mixer on the lowest speed, add the eggs, stirring only to fully incorporate but do not beat.**
Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl; mix briefly, just until smooth. Pour the batter into the partially baked crust. Smooth the top by using a small offset spatula or a plain table knife.
Keep the springform pan on the baking sheet and place in oven. Bake until the cheesecake is slightly puffed around edges and just a tiny bit wobbly in center, about 50 minutes.*** It will continue to firm up the middle as it sits in its pan.
Transfer springform pan to wire rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Remove foil and run a paring knife around edges but keep the cheesecake in its pan. Allow to cool completely on rack, about 4 hours. Transfer the pan to a refrigerator and cover the top loosely, being careful to not allow the cover to touch the top of the cheesecake. A large flat plate that extends over the outside edges of the pan works well. Chill at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Remove the springform pan ring from the cheesecake. Carefully transfer the cheesecake to a platter, cut into wedges and serve with additional Sunday Night chocolate sauce.
Store the cheesecake covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Tips From Eileen
*Any chocolate variety of Sunday Night® Premium Dessert Sauce can be used.
**Tip: Do not overbeat eggs when adding to cheesecake batter. When you overbeat eggs, it incorporates too much air, which causes the cheesecake to puff up in the oven but then deflate as it cools, causing higher edges around the perimeter and a sunken middle. It’s best to whisk the eggs lightly and stir in gently after all of the other ingredients have been added.
***Tip: If you bake as directed and place the springform pan on a large rimmed baking sheet, you don’t need to bake in a water bath as most cheesecake recipes direct.
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