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Hershey®'s Special Dark® Chocolate Layered Cheesecake

"Dark, darker, darkest! This three-layered chocolate cheesecake is a master in consistency and taste. You'll never buy another chocolate cheesecake after you try Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Layered Cheesecake -- baked right in your home kitchen!"
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Ingredients

servings 669 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (10 to 12 servings)

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Directions

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  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare CHOCOLATE CRUMB CRUST: Stir together 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 45 wafers), 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa; stir in 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter or margarine. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in eggs, heavy cream, vanilla and salt, beating until well blended.
  3. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Place remaining chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 1/2 minutes; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted when stirred.
  4. Gradually blend 1 1/2 cups cheesecake batter into melted chocolate. Remove 2 cups chocolate mixture; spread in bottom of prepared crust.
  5. Blend additional 2 cups cheesecake batter into remaining chocolate mixture; spread 2 cups mixture over first layer in springform pan. Stir remaining cheesecake batter into remaining chocolate mixture; spread over second layer.
  6. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, immediately loosen cake from side of pan. Cool to room temperature.
  7. Place reserved chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of cheesecake. Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 669 calories; 44.9 g fat; 60.5 g carbohydrates; 10.4 g protein; 141 mg cholesterol; 336 mg sodium. Full nutrition

Reviews

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Oh My..... This is one of the best cheesecakes I've ever made! Used the food processor for the crust, and had no problems with the butter quantity. Be sure not to over-bake. Remove from the ov...

Most helpful critical review

I made this cake for my boss' birthday - MISTAKE! I thought it was horrible personally. It was so bitter I couldn't get the aftertaste out of my mouth for 30 mins. I guess I should have known...

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Oh My..... This is one of the best cheesecakes I've ever made! Used the food processor for the crust, and had no problems with the butter quantity. Be sure not to over-bake. Remove from the ov...

This cheesecake tastes fabulous!! The three different layers come out beautiful and makes people think you spent much more time on the dish than you actually did. I ENJOYED this one!!!

This was the first time I baked a cheesecake. Actually, it was the first time I baked anything other than brownies. My boyfriend and I both made one to bring to our families for thanksgiving. Th...

I couldn't find the Special Dark chips, so I used regular semi-sweet. Half a stick of butter was not enough to get the crust to stick together. I had to use a whole stick. The cooking...

I made this cake for my boss' birthday - MISTAKE! I thought it was horrible personally. It was so bitter I couldn't get the aftertaste out of my mouth for 30 mins. I guess I should have known...

loved it so easy to make and everybody enjoyed. only thing i would change is the powdered sugar in the crust. it makes huge clumps in the butter and cookie crumbs like hard candy. maybe regu...

Delicious. It has been weeks since I made it and I am still getting complements on it.

UNBELIEVABLY decadent cheesecake. Wonderfully easy to make with great results. I will be trying this recipe with other types of chocolate chips.

Wonderful! very rich and creamy. and it looked great too. I will make this again. my third layer didn't come out well and mixed with the second unfortunately but that's due to not enough chocola...