Killer Chocolate Cheesecake

READY IN: 3hrs




  • Position oven rack in middle of oven; preheat oven to 350°.
  • Butter a 9-inch springform pan and wrap the outside tightly with heavy-duty foil.
  • Have a roasting pan ready, and put a kettle of water on to boil for the water bath.
  • Make the crust: pulse the chocolate wafers in a food processor until finely ground.
  • With the motor running, slowly add the butter, and process just until blended.
  • Press mixture onto the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake crust for 8-10 minutes, until it is set; let cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the filling: melt the chocolate with the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of about 1 1/2 inches of nearly simmering water, whisking until smooth.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer, beginning on low speed and increasing to med-high speed, in a medium deep bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the salt.
  • Beat in the chocolate mixture just until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  • Add in the sour cream and vanilla; beat until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  • Transfer the filling to the springform pan.
  • Set the pan in the roasting pan, place it in the oven, and carefully pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is almost set but still slightly jiggly; do not overbake--the cheesecake will firm as it cools.
  • Remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the water bath for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the springform pan from the water bath and let cool completely on a wire rack, then remove the foil and refrigerate the cheesecake, loosely covered, until thoroughly chilled, at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  • To serve--let the cheesecake stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan sides, smooth the sides of the cheesecake with a table knife, and cut into wedges.