Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
This cheesecake is incredibly creamy and delicious without the need for a water bath! The addition of chocolate chips and ganache really make this a dessert for a special occasion.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Components Used: New York Cheesecake, Classic Graham Cracker Crust
This cheesecake is one of my favorites! It’s so creamy and delicious. If you are a chocolate lover then you will love this version.
I started with my New York-style cheesecake recipe. This is the perfect base to add flavorings to create your own custom cheesecake. For the filling, I left out the lemon zest and added more vanilla extract, scraped vanilla bean seeds, and mini chocolate chips! There’s no better combination than vanilla and chocolate.
For the crust, I opted for a twist on the classic graham cracker crust and went with chocolate graham crackers! Although a oreo cookie crust would be just as wonderful.
For a topping, I decided I needed just a little bit more chocolate flavor so I added a velvety smooth chocolate ganache. Chocolate ganache looks so elegant and shiny as a topping.
PERFECT CHEESECAKE WITHOUT A WATER BATH
One of my favorite things about a New York-style cheesecake is that it is baked without a water bath, unlike many other cheesecakes. A water bath can be frustrating because it can leak into the pan and cause a messy cheesecake.
New York cheesecake is started in a very hot oven for a short period of time and then finished at a low temperature. This method forms a skin on the top of the cheesecake, setting the top in place which keeps the filling dense and prevents cracking on top even without the water bath!
For a step-by-step tutorial on making and baking a New York-style cheesecake, check out my post for Best New York Cheesecake (including video!).
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
This cheesecake is incredibly creamy and delicious without the need for a water bath. The addition of chocolate chips and chocolate ganache really make this is a special dessert.
For the Crust
- 200 grams (7 ounces, about 2 cups once made into crumbs) chocolate graham crackers
- 50 grams (¼ cup) granulated sugar
- 113 grams (½ cup, 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the filling
- 678 grams (3- 8 oz packages) full fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 225 grams (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
- 15 grams (2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 180 grams (¾ cup) sour cream, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 whole vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 175 grams (1 cups) mini chocolate chips
For the Topping
- 113 grams (4 ounces) bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
- 118 grams (½ cup) heavy cream, whipping cream, or double cream
- one pinch salt
- 1 ½ hours before preparing the cheesecake, set out the cream cheese (678 grams, 3- 8 oz packages), eggs (3 large), and sour cream (180 grams, ¾ cup) to come to room temperature. It is extremely important for a creamy cheesecake that your ingredients are not cold. (I find cream cheese takes a very long time to come to room temp.)
- Position an oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 375°F/ 190°C.
Make the crust
- Place the chocolate graham crackers (200 grams, 7 ounces) into a food processor or blender and pulse until you have cookie crumbs. Alternatively, you can place them in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to roll back and forth over the cookies until they are crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl. You should have about 2 cups of crumbs.
- Whisk in the granulated sugar (50 grams, 1/4 cup).
- Pour in melted butter (113 grams, 1/2 cup) until all of the crumbs are completely coated with butter.
- Firmly press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom and about halfway up the sides of a 9-inch (23-cm) spring form pan. The bottom of a glass or a measuring cup can be helpful to press the crumbs into an even layer.
- Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while preparing the filling.
Make the filling
- Turn the oven temperature up to 450°F/ 230°C.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, sugar (225 grams, 1 cup + 2 tablespoons), and flour (15 grams, 2 tablespoons) and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until well combined. You want it to be very smooth, but you don’t want to whip too much air into it. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add the eggs one at a time while the mixer is running on low speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add the sour cream, vanilla extract (1 ½ teaspoons) and vanilla seeds (scraped seeds from 1 vanilla bean). Mix on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all of the mixture is evenly combined.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips (175 grams, 1 cups) with a spatula.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.
- Bake at 450°F/ 230°C for 8 minutes. Leave the door closed and reduce the oven temperature to 200°F/ 93°C for 50 minutes. Turn the oven off (again, do not open the oven door!) and leave the cheesecake in the off oven for 1 hour.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let sit at room temperature until it is completely at room temperature- around 2 hours. Cover the cheesecake (still in the pan) with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours before removing the sides of the pan.
Make the topping
- After the cheesecake has finished chilling in the refrigerator, chop the chocolate (113 grams, 4 ounces) up into small pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Alternatively you can use chocolate chips.
- Heat the cream (118 grams, ½ cup) in a saucepan over medium heat until it is simmering.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the salt (one pinch).
- Put the whisk directly in the center of the chocolate/cream mixture and begin whisking in small circles and slowly moving outward in bigger circles until the mixture is smooth.
- While still warm (but not hot), drizzle the ganache over the top of the cheesecake and let it spill over the sides a bit. Smooth out with a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon.
Storage: Store leftover cheesecake covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To store the cheesecake in the freezer, freeze it uncovered until solid, then wrap it well in plastic wrap and/or foil and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, unwrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
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16 Comments on “Chocolate Chip Cheesecake”
Ok, I absolutely love EVERYTHING about your wedding and this post. So sweet! <3
Awww thanks lady! It was the perfect day!
Ps. Happy Anniversary!
That last photo is killer! Happy anniversary! Don’t let him eat it all – save some for yourself, too! 🙂
I have had a few bites here and there. But honestly it is too rich for me to eat more than that. I prefer just plain old cheesecake, maybe with a berry sauce or something.
Happy Anniversary!! My hubby and I just got married in July, I can’t wait til our 1st anniversary =) And that cheesecake looks divine!
Congrats Kristi! This year went by extremely fast. Enjoy yours!
Happy anniversary! The photos of your wedding are so lovely and this cheesecake looks absolutely amazing. I don’t blame your husband for wanting it at every occasion. 🙂
Cutest post ever. You guys are adorbs. Happy Anniversary 🙂
I haven’t had Chocolate Chip Cheesecake before and I feel like I’m missing out! I do agree with you about the tiramisu… delish!
In my opinion it is a bit too rich for me. Delicious, but I can only have a few bites. I prefer just plain old cheesecake. Now tiramisu on the other hand, just give me the whole pan and spoon and walk away slowly…
Totally agree with you that Tiramisu is hands down the best dessert EVER! My husband and I used to got to restaurants just to test their Tiramisu. Happy 1st Anniversary! Only gets better from here on in.
Happy anniversary! I love cheesecake! and I love that pic of you guys with the cake 🙂
Good luck on your vegan month!
Happy Anniversary, hubby and I just celebrated our 4th this month too. Love love love the cheesecake, thinking something different for the holidays!
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