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Layered Mocha Cheesecake

Honestly, after reading the title of this post do you really need to know why I wanted to make this cheesecake?! Well, since you are already here I might as well give you the story. For Easter this year, my in-laws got a huge suite at a hotel/water park in the Wisconsin Dells for the entire family to stay at. We were all in charge of bringing an appetizer. Well, there were going to be 4-5 appetizers so I decided I'd bring dessert. I had been eyeing a Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake from but when I mentioned it to Kurt he said that he wanted a mocha cheesecake. I thought long and hard about what kind of cheesecake to make. In the end....I chose both!!! I am personally not a huge fan of mocha, or anything coffee flavored for that matter, but I am a sucker for my husband and love making him happy with my food. I searched a lot of websites for a good looking mocha cheesecake and, after what felt like forever, found this little gem! There was definitely more prep work involved with this cheesecake but man-alive it was totally worth it! The coffee flavor is not overpowering (which I was afraid of) and the chocolate crust with a chocolate cheesecake layer and chocolate on top.....divine! I think that next time I'd make the very top chocolate layer a ganache so it's a little creamier. Other than that, this was a perfect cheesecake!


1 1/2 cups crumbled cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (better yet, use Oreo crumbs)
1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tbsp instant coffee granules & 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules 
1 tbsp boiling water
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
4-8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp butter
chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)

1. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
2. In a small bowl, combine the coffee granules, water and cinnamon; set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Divide batter in half.
4. Stir melted chocolate into one portion; pour over crust. Stir coffee mixture into the remaining batter; spoon over chocolate layer.
5. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy duty foil. Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 inch of hot water to larger pan.
6. Bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator and refrigerate overnight (this awesome trip prevents cracking!).
5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with coffee beans if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

This is what my kitchen looked like as the cheesecake went in the disaster zone!!

1 comment:

  1. Wowza that looks excellent! Joe loves cheesecake, I'm sure it won't be long before we try this one out.