This easy layered dessert is a scrumptious twist on Black Forest cake--made with a chocolate wafer cookie crust and topped with dark sweet cherries.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until firm. Cool.

  • Meanwhile, add boiling water to gelatin mixes in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Whisk cream cheese in large bowl until blended. Gradually whisk in gelatin. Refrigerate 30 min. or until chilled.

  • Whisk 1 cup COOL WHIP into gelatin mixture; pour over crust. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

  • Spread remaining COOL WHIP over dessert; top with chocolate curls and cherries. Garnish with sifted powdered sugar just before serving.

Size Wise:

This colorful cherry-chocolate dessert is a great treat to share with friends and family. One pan makes enough for 16 servings.

How to Make Chocolate Curls:

Warm chocolate by microwaving it on HIGH for a few seconds or just until you can smudge the chocolate with your thumb. Hold the chocolate piece steadily, then draw a vegetable peeler slowly over the flat bottom of the chocolate piece, allowing a thin layer of chocolate to curl as it is peeled off the bottom to make long, delicate curls.

For Easy Removal of Dessert From Pan:

Line empty pan with parchment or foil, with ends of paper extending over sides. Use to prepare dessert as directed. When ready to serve, use parchment handles to lift cooled dessert from pan before cutting into pieces.

Nutrition Facts

261 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 29.6g 10% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterol 31.4mg 11% DV; sodium 238.3mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2016
I would more accurately give this recipe a 4 1/2 stars but thats not an option so I rounded up. I would remove a half star do to either my mistake or recipe flaw. Overall the taste was great it looked awesome and it wasnt heavy. Mistakes or changes I had to make: 1. Crust - Could not find chocolate wafers anywhere so I substituted Oreo. Which then that brought into question the amount due to different cookie and the white filling of the cookie. I crushed 14 ounces of Oreo's and kept the butter amount the same. I am not a baker of desserts so it said to bake the crust but for me it was hard to determine when its done. Mine tasted great but was so hard you couldn't hardly cut it with a fork which made it hard to eat. Once you were chewing it it wasn't any harder than an Oreo but imagine cutting an Oreo cooke with a fork...not good. Not sure if it was suppose to be that hard or if I had too many Oreos or if i cooked it too long or just the fact my substitution wasn't a good choice but it tasted great. 2. Taste - was great however I did expect a little stronger cherry flavor. Not sure if would add more jello mix or reduce cream cheese but that taste as is was great just not obvious cherry. 3. Presentation - It looked awesome but I am still a practical person. I did not use fresh cherry because to me it looked out of place and just woulnt fit with the dessert. I used a soft sweet Cherry out of a can and those look a little more like a small prune than a cherry but Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2017
Made this as written with strawberry jello (hubby doesn't like cherries). If you are a lover of dark chocolate then you will like this recipe. The crust overpowered everything else IMO. I did find the chocolate wafer cookies....they are expensive 5/9 oz. box and you need a whole box. It was difficult to tell when it was done. The center layer was very firm almost too firm. Whipped topping complemented the center layer but not the cookie layer. Not my cup of tea but my husband loved it. I'll stick to a Graham cracker crust 6 oz. Jello box double the water 8 oz. Cream cheese and 3-4 cups whipped topping. I may even skip the top whipped topping layer. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2017
Made this as written with strawberry jello (hubby doesn't like cherries). If you are a lover of dark chocolate then you will like this recipe. The crust overpowered everything else IMO. I did find the chocolate wafer cookies....they are expensive 5/9 oz. box and you need a whole box. It was difficult to tell when it was done. The center layer was very firm almost too firm. Whipped topping complemented the center layer but not the cookie layer. Not my cup of tea but my husband loved it. I'll stick to a Graham cracker crust 6 oz. Jello box double the water 8 oz. Cream cheese and 3-4 cups whipped topping. I may even skip the top whipped topping layer. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2019
odd texture inside also 9 oz of crust was not enough for a 13x9 pan. I had to use a bread pan and then there was too much cherry. I substituted chocolate chips instead of chocolate shavings and it added a nice crunch. Also used canned cherries and they helped add another pop of cherry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2016
I would more accurately give this recipe a 4 1/2 stars but thats not an option so I rounded up. I would remove a half star do to either my mistake or recipe flaw. Overall the taste was great it looked awesome and it wasnt heavy. Mistakes or changes I had to make: 1. Crust - Could not find chocolate wafers anywhere so I substituted Oreo. Which then that brought into question the amount due to different cookie and the white filling of the cookie. I crushed 14 ounces of Oreo's and kept the butter amount the same. I am not a baker of desserts so it said to bake the crust but for me it was hard to determine when its done. Mine tasted great but was so hard you couldn't hardly cut it with a fork which made it hard to eat. Once you were chewing it it wasn't any harder than an Oreo but imagine cutting an Oreo cooke with a fork...not good. Not sure if it was suppose to be that hard or if I had too many Oreos or if i cooked it too long or just the fact my substitution wasn't a good choice but it tasted great. 2. Taste - was great however I did expect a little stronger cherry flavor. Not sure if would add more jello mix or reduce cream cheese but that taste as is was great just not obvious cherry. 3. Presentation - It looked awesome but I am still a practical person. I did not use fresh cherry because to me it looked out of place and just woulnt fit with the dessert. I used a soft sweet Cherry out of a can and those look a little more like a small prune than a cherry but Read More
(1)
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