Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

Introduction:

Satisfy your chocolate cravings with our irresistible Hot Chocolate Cheesecake! This delightful dessert combines the richness of brownie with the creaminess of cheesecake, creating a heavenly treat that’s perfect for any occasion. With layers of indulgent flavors and a hint of marshmallow sweetness, this cheesecake is sure to become a favorite among chocolate aficionados.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour For the Cheesecake Layer:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup dry hot chocolate mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 1 cup mini marshmallow bits (extra for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Prepare the Brownie Layer: In a bowl, mix together melted butter and cocoa powder until well combined. Set aside. In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until frothy. Gradually add the butter mixture, mixing until incorporated. Add salt, baking powder, and flour, mixing until just combined. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Prepare the Cheesecake Layer: Remove the brownie from the pan, peel off the parchment paper, and then place it back in the pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and marshmallow fluff until creamy. Mix in the dry hot chocolate mix. Gently fold in 2 cups of Cool Whip and the mini marshmallow bits. Spread this mixture over the brownie layer.
  4. Chill: Top with the remaining Cool Whip and chill the cheesecake for at least 4 hours.
  5. Decorate and Serve: Before serving, decorate the cheesecake with additional Cool Whip, sprinkles, mini marshmallow bits, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup for added flair.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Calories per Serving: 469 kcal
  • Servings: 14

Serving Tips:

  1. Chill for Optimal Texture: For the best taste and texture, serve the Hot Chocolate Cheesecake chilled. The creamy cheesecake layer sets beautifully when refrigerated, enhancing the overall experience.
  2. Garnish with Style: Before serving, consider adding an extra dollop of Cool Whip on top of each slice for an enticing presentation. Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles and extra mini marshmallow bits to elevate the dessert’s appearance.
  3. Drizzle with Decadence: Just before serving, drizzle each slice with a swirl of chocolate syrup for an extra touch of indulgence. This adds a delightful chocolatey flavor and makes each serving look even more tempting.
  4. Use a Sharp Knife: When cutting the cheesecake into slices, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped clean between cuts. This ensures clean, neat slices without dragging or smudging the layers.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover Hot Chocolate Cheesecake in an airtight container or cover the springform pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezing: If you wish to freeze the cheesecake for longer-term storage, wrap individual slices or the entire cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Frozen cheesecake can be stored for up to 1-2 months.
  3. Thawing: When ready to enjoy frozen cheesecake, transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight. Avoid thawing at room temperature to prevent the cheesecake from becoming too soft or losing its texture.
  4. Freshen Up Before Serving: Before serving leftover cheesecake, allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes to soften slightly and enhance its flavors. Add fresh garnishes if desired before serving.

FAQs:

1. Can I use store-bought hot chocolate mix for this recipe? Yes, you can use store-bought hot chocolate mix for convenience. However, make sure to choose a dry mix that doesn’t contain any added marshmallows or other mix-ins, as these could affect the texture of the cheesecake filling.

2. Can I substitute Cool Whip with homemade whipped cream? While you can substitute Cool Whip with homemade whipped cream, keep in mind that Cool Whip provides stability and structure to the cheesecake filling. If using homemade whipped cream, ensure it’s whipped to stiff peaks and consider adding a stabilizer like gelatin to prevent the cheesecake from becoming too soft.

3. Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time for a special occasion? Absolutely! Hot Chocolate Cheesecake is a great make-ahead dessert. You can prepare it up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just be sure to garnish with toppings like Cool Whip, sprinkles, and chocolate syrup just before serving for the freshest presentation.

4. Can I omit the marshmallow fluff from the cheesecake layer? While marshmallow fluff adds a distinct flavor and texture to the cheesecake layer, you can omit it if desired. However, keep in mind that it contributes to the cheesecake’s creamy consistency and marshmallow flavor. Consider substituting with additional cream cheese or whipped cream for a similar texture.

5. Can I freeze leftover slices of Hot Chocolate Cheesecake? Yes, you can freeze leftover slices of Hot Chocolate Cheesecake for future enjoyment. Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Thaw individual slices in the refrigerator overnight before serving, and freshen up with additional garnishes if desired.

Conclusion:

With its layers of rich brownie and creamy cheesecake, our Hot Chocolate Cheesecake is a dessert dream come true. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging your sweet tooth, this decadent treat is guaranteed to impress. So, gather your ingredients and treat yourself to a slice of chocolatey bliss today!