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Chocolate Chip Cherry Cheesecake

I fell in love with cooking when I was 11 years old, and have enjoyed creating and modifying recipes since then. This cheesecake was a big hit when I first made it, and everyone agrees that it's the best flavor combination. —Shelly Klingler, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (12 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate cookie crust (9 inches)
  • 6 chocolate-covered cherries

Directions

  • Drain maraschino cherries, reserving 2 teaspoons juice. Cut cherries into quarters; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and reserved cherry juice until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and reserved cherries.
  • Pour into crust (crust will be full). Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with chocolate-covered cherries.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 682 calories, 41g fat (22g saturated fat), 154mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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