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.
- 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (14 crackers)
- 1 T. granulated sugar
- 8 T. butter, melted
- 3 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 + ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
- ¾ cup 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.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the chocolate crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Stir to combine.
- Press the crumbs into a 9.5 inch spring form pan. Press the crumbs up the side of the pan as well as the bottom of the pan.
- Place in the oven and let bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese and granulated sugar. Mix until completely incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to avoid any lumps of cream cheese in your batter.
- Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix each egg completely before adding the next. Also scrape down the bowl after adding 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, line the outside of the spring form pan with heavy duty tin foil. I double wrap it to prevent the water from leaking in.
- Pour the cheesecake filling into the cooled crust.
- Place the springform pan in a slightly larger baking pan. Fill the outer pan with water. Fill it so it at least goes a quarter of the way up the springform pan. 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, 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 an hour or two. I kept mine in the oven for about 2 and half hours and then placed it in the fridge 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.
Check out the other great galentine’s day recipes!
- Caramel Cheesecake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Hula Pie from Heather’s Dish
- Red Velvet Donuts from Blahnik Baker
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes from NeighborFood
- Pecan Sticky Buns from The Cooking Actress
- Gin Lime Coconut Truffles from Food Lust People Love
- Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Wallflour Girl
- Lavender Ice Cream from NinjaBaker
- Three Ingredient Valentine’s Day M&M Fudge from Big Bear’s Wife
- Smores Waffle Sticks from A Cookie Named Desire
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
- Nutella Layer Cake from gotta get baked