Hershey's Special Dark Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

Author: Delia // Category: ,

I do believe that a dessert this delicious is criminal. That's why I'm putting this cheesecake into the "Delicious Protection Program."

Ingredients for Brownie Layer:
6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Truffle Cheesecake Layer:
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounce package) Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips, divided
1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-inch springform pan.

2. For Brownie Layer, stir together melted butter, 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 2 eggs; stir until blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt; blend well. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brownie layer pulls away from sides of pan.

3. Meanwhile for Truffle Cheesecake Layer, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in 4 eggs, heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well blended.

4. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Place remaining chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Gradually blend melted chocolate into cheesecake batter.

5. Remove Brownie Layer from oven and immediately spoon cheesecake mixture over brownie. Return to oven; continue baking 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool to room temperature. Remove side of pan.

6. Place remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium 30 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of cheesecake. Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold. Garnish as desired. Cover and refrigerate leftover cheesecake.

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4 Responses to "Hershey's Special Dark Truffle Brownie Cheesecake"

Mrs. K Says :
July 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Made this today for my son's 11th birthday, as he requested chocolate cheesecake. This was only my second cheesecake I've ever made. The flavor was out-of-this-world delicious but I baked it for 50 minutes and it was still quite gooey in the center. I didn't want to overbake it but it appears I underbaked it. Meh, a little salmonella never hurt anyone (said no one ever). Great flavor though, and didn't crack at all.

Mrs. K Says :
July 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

After letting it sit in the fridge overnight, it was not gooey at all. Guess I just didn't let it chill long enough.

Unknown Says :
April 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

My wonderful husband is going to make this for me for my birthday! Thanks for sharing your recipe with all of us! YOU ROCK!! :)

Unknown Says :
June 20, 2013 at 4:56 AM

Do you have to use a springform pan for this?

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