Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Total Time:
4 hr 45 min
4 hr
45 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9inch round cake pan and line the bottom and sides with almonds.

  • With an electric mixer at low speed, beat cream cheese until soft and smooth. With machine running, add sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest, and juice, beating well between additions. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. To ensure even mixing, be sure to scrape down the bowl between additions. Fold in the chopped chocolate evenly.

  • Pour batter into lined cake pan. Tap it 3 or 4 times on the counter to eliminate air pockets. Place inside a larger pan and pour in boiling water until it rises halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake about 45 minutes, until center feels firm when pressed.

  • Set aside to cool on a rack, then refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. To unmold, place pan over a low burner about 2 minutes. Invert onto a platter, then invert again (the nuts should be on the bottom). The cake can be kept in the refrigerator up to 2 days. At least two or up to eight hours before serving, top with the melted chocolate: Dip your fingers or a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle over the center in a freeform pattern. Refrigerate until serving time.

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Who puts lemon in chocolate chip cheese cack? My wife made this for our anniversry. Having never made cheese cake before she chose this recipe from what she thought was a reputable site. It should be called Lemon Chocolate chip cheese cake. It never ceases to amaze me what people will do to be different. This cheese cake was awful!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried this many times and it is very very good!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
its very tasty I skipped the lemon juice and lemon zest and its DELICIOUS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Biting into this cheesecake was like walking into heaven... I loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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