Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake!  Why don’t you try to make this Chocolate Orange Cheesecake…it’s to dye for! The cheesecake has a hint of orange flavor, and then it has chocolate orange hearts on the top that is baked into the cheesecake.

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

¾ cup graham cracker crumbs

4 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 1/3 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 Tbsp. orange flavored liqueur or orange juice

1 tsp. grated orange peel

3 oz. (3 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Lightly grease bottom and sides of 9 inch springform pan.  Sprinkle graham crackers crumbs over bottom and sides of pan.  In large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Gradually add sugar; beat well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add liqueur and orange peel; beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

In small bowl, reserve 1 ½ cups of batter.  Pour remaining batter into crumb-lined pan.  Slowly blend melted chocolate into reserved batter.  Drop spoonful’s of chocolate batter onto batter in pan.  Using a table knife, swirl chocolate batter through light batter to marble.

Bake at 325 F. for hour or until set.  To minimize cracking, place shallow pan half full of water on lower oven rack during baking.  Cool in pan.  Refrigerate several or overnight.  Before serving, carefully remove side of pan.      Makes 16 servings

Tip:  To form heart design in top of cheesecake, spoon chocolate batter by teaspoonful’s onto batter in pan, forming 9 drops around outside and 5 drops in center; continue to spoon batter onto drops using all of chocolate batter.  Starting in center of 1 outer drop, run knife through centers of outer drops’ run knife through center on inner drops, forming 2 separate rings of connected hearts.


(Recipe for the Chocolate Orange Cheesecake was in Pillsbury Classic Cookbook; Chocolate Lovers IV, Anytime Treats, Brownies Galore, Irresistible Desserts; February 1990, page 56)

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