Chocolate Glazed Triple-Layer Cheesecake

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

From Southern Living. One of their all-time favorite recipes.

Top Review by JBinSLC

I started making this from the original '86 SL hardback but I like just using my computer so I was happy to find it here. I usually make a ganache with just cream and dark chocolate and either glaze and let it run down or pour it on in the pan and let it set up as another thick layer. I have garnished it with chocolate leaves and fresh berries or with chocolate shavings--either way it is beautiful and people love it. The fact I have been making this for special occasions for 30+ years speaks for itself.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and butter; stir to blend well.
  2. Press mixture onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar; using an electric mixture, beat at medium speed until fluffy.
  4. Add 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; beat well.
  5. Stir in melted chocolate and 1/3 cup sour cream.
  6. Spoon mixture over chocolate crust.
  7. In another bowl, combine remaining 8 ounce package cream cheese, brown sugar and flour; beat until fluffy.
  8. Add in 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat well.
  9. Stir in pecans; spoon mixture over chocolate layer.
  10. In another bowl, combine 5 ounces cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat until fluffy.
  11. Add in remaining egg; beat well.
  12. Stir in remaining 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract.
  13. Spoon over pecan layer.
  14. Bake in a 325° oven for 1 hour.
  15. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes.
  16. Open oven door and leave cheesecake in oven for another 30 minutes.
  17. Cool; then cover and chill at least 8 hours.
  18. Remove from pan; spread warm glaze on top.
  19. To make Chocolate Glaze: Add chocolate and butter to the top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil.
  20. Lower heat; cook until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.
  21. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  22. Spread warm glaze over cheesecake.

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