I'm crazy over maraschino cherries and knew Galentine's Day was the perfect reason to make a cherry chocolate chip cheesecake. I did manage to eat an entire jar of cherries and drink the juice in the process though. I'm pretty sure I proclaimed my love for maraschino cherries last year in my cherry cupcakes with white chocolate frosting and my white chocolate cherry bombs, but what's one more time.
I added basically an entire jar of juice to my cheesecake. It gave it the most amazing flavor AND color. There wasn't any food coloring added to the inside of my cheesecake other than the maraschino cherry juice. I figured the people that anti-food coloring would appreciate that slightly more.
Oh, if you're wondering why I said Galentine's Day instead of Valentine's Day, here's the scoop. To quote the wise Leslie Knope, "Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, without the angst. Plus frittatas." I like it and I joining in with a few lady friends in sharing recipes. Their links will be at the bottom of the post!
Okay, so leaving my cherries loosely diced and the chocolate chunks large made the cheesecake kind of not so gorgeous after cutting into it, but looks aren't everything. If you're a cherry fiend like I am, make this! Cut the chunks smaller, give the cherries a finer dice and let the cheesecake set in the fridge overnight. I can tell you one thing, it was the bees knees. For a girl to not be able to put the fork down after making desserts every single day, that says something about how delish it is.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs 14 sheets of crackers
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
- ¾ cup full-fat sour cream
- ½ cup maraschino cherries dried and chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chunks chopped
- ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 8 stemmed cherries for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the sides of the 9.5-inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Wrap the sides of the pan with a strip of parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the chocolate crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Firmly press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
- Place in the oven and let bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool while you work on the cheesecake filling.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add in the sugar and flour. Beat until incorporated.
- Add in the vanilla extract and then the eggs one at a time. Beat in each egg completely before adding the next. Scrape down the bowl after incorporating each egg.
- Add in the cherry juice and sour cream. Mix until incorporated.
- Stir in the chopped cherries and chocolate.
- Just before adding the cheesecake mixture, wrap the outside of the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty tin foil.
- Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust.
- Place the springform pan in a slightly larger baking pan. Fill the outer pan with 1 inch of water. This will keep the cheesecake from cracking.
- Place in the oven at 325 degrees and let bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until done. To make sure the cheesecake is done, gently give it a wiggle. If it slightly jiggles in JUST the middle like jello, then it's done. If it jiggles all over, it needs to bake longer. Turn off the heat and crack the oven door slightly. Let it cool in the oven for 1 to 2 hours until it reaches room temperature and then place in the fridge to chill overnight.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add in the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring until the ganache comes together. It will look like a chocolate syrup.
- Pour the ganache in the center of the chilled cheesecake and spread out with a knife.
- Add the stemmed cherries on the edges of the cheesecake.
- Cut and serve.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
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Miranda, I want to come to YOUR Galentine's Day party! Swooning over your cheesecake!!!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
I looove that that gorgeous color is just from the cherries and no artificial additives! This cheesecake is beautiful!
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
Holy whoa! As soon as I saw your gorgeous photos, my mouth dropped open. Seriously, these pics are beautiful and this cheesecake looks like perfection! This flavour combo is always a winner and just perfect for Galentine's Day. I'm so glad you were able to join us, Miranda!
The Ninja Baker says
#Gorgeous! Very intrigued to try out the maraschino cherry juice in cheesecake. Pinning! And, of course, saving the recipe =) Happy Galentine's Day!
June @ How to Philosophize with Cake says
Ah yes--galentine's day, the best day of the year! This cheesecake looks perfect, so rich and creamy 🙂
Chocolate and cherries are such a classic combination, Miranda, and perfect for a Galentine's Day celebration! That is one stunning cheesecake, even with the larger chunks of cherry. I wouldn't change a thing!
DIVINE, Miranda! These photos are absolutely AMAZING, I could sink my teeth into the screen right now. Hope you are having an amazing Galentine's/V-day weekend!!
Courtney @ NeighborFood says
Holy goodness! I don't know what you're talking about with the slices not turning out. This is absolutely gorgeous! And I LOVE that the cherry and chocolate chunks are big! Thanks for joining in the fun!
This cherry chocolate chip cheesecake looks so so yummy
Wow, looks really good!
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
I'm not a huge maraschino cherry fan, but this cake is simply gorgeous. And I love the idea of Galentine's Day. Way too much commercialization of Valentine's Day - and who wouldn't love to celebrate with brunch and friends anyway:)?
Jeanne Grunert says
Oh my, but this looks like a good recipe! I've pined it for later and have started following your blog. Thank you for sharing this via the #HomeMattersParty
Rose Atwater says
How in the world did you make it look so perfect?! This is a gorgeous and yummy recipe! Thanks for linking up with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party!
I made your cheesecake the other day and holy yumminess!! I added almonds to the crust and sprinkled some on top of the ganache too. I also used dark chocolate for the ganache because that's my favorite. I don't remember if I've ever made a cheesecake before but I'm glad I tried yours. Thank you for the recipe it is a keeper!
Just beautiful! Perfect
Jennifer Wise says
This looks DIVINE! I love cherry-chocolate combinations, and that cheesecake looks absolutely amazing. Pinning this!! 🙂
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
That is one beautiful cheesecake! Thanks for sharing at the What's for dinner party!
Rhonda Gales says
Yes, please! I'm drooling. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.
You're so welcome!
Natasha Mairs says
OMG this just looks amazing!! Chocolate and cherries! My favourite. I have pinned this x
Yay! So glad you liked it!
Kat (The Baking Explorer) says
This cheesecake looks gorgeous!
The Girl Next Door says
The cheesecake looks absolutely delicious! I would love to dig into it right away! 🙂
SO good. You have to try it if you haven't already!
This sounds amazing, I've pinned it for the future. Yum! Thank you for bringing it to FF.
So glad you like it! You're very welcome!
So beautiful and delicious looking! I'm featuring this tomorrow at Thursday Favorite Things!
Skeeter Hoffman says
This cheesecake is AMAZING! I couldn't find chocolate grahams, so I used 18 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies mixed with 2 Tbsp melted butter and made just a bottom crust. The cheesecake filling I made exactly according to the recipe, and the angels were singing on my taste buds. THANKS Miranda!
Diane Gehringer says
I made this receipt. I made gluten-free so I made some changes. Gf Oreos for the crust. Corn starch in place of flour. One last thing I used Comstock cherry filling to mix into the cheesecake. Yum.