Berry Cheesecake in Chocolate Crust

A basic cheesecake becomes divine when you add a chocolate cookie crust, orange peel and your favorite berries.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

2
cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
4
packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2/3
cup sugar
1/2
cup sour cream
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
4
eggs
1/2
cup sour cream
2
tablespoons sugar
2
cups berries
  • 1 Heat oven to 325ºF. Mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press on bottom and slightly up side of ungreased springform pan, 9x3 inches, to seal bottom.
  • 2 Place cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup sour cream and the orange peel in food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Add eggs. Cover and process until well blended. Spread over crust.
  • 3 Bake about 1 hour 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Run metal spatula along side of cheesecake to loosen; remove side of pan. Refrigerate uncovered 3 hours; cover and continue refrigerating at least 4 hours.
  • 4 Mix 1/2 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons sugar; spread over top of cheesecake. Top with berries.

Expert Tips

No need to buy chocolate wafers just for this recipe--use what you have on hand. Try graham crackers, chocolate sandwich cookies, gingersnaps or shortbread cookies. Delicious!

Replace 1/4 cup of cookie crumbs with 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted almonds.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
365
(
Calories from Fat
245 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27 g
27 %
(Saturated Fat
16 g,
16 %
),
Cholesterol
125 mg
125 %;
Sodium
290 mg
290 %;
Total Carbohydrate
24 g
24 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
7 g
7 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
12%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.