My elementary school, Sir Charles Tupper, produced a cookbook and this recipe for Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake was in it. We still serve it for Christmas every year. I remember my mom entertaining, and eating this for breakfast the next day! I don’t think there’s anything more decadent than cheesecake for breakfast. The richness is delicious and satisfying. It’s amazing when you stop to think about how many memories we have that are tied to food! What food holds special memories for you?

This cheesecake holds a special place in my heart particularly, because of all the special childhood memories. That said, I find generally cheesecake is such a delight to serve for dessert because there are so many different ways you can play with it and present it. Top it with a seasonal fruit compote, mix in cookies or candies, the variations are limitless. You can colour it with food colouring and make it any colour you like, or even use many colours to make rainbows or tie-dye. There are so many options!

There’s always something new you can do with cheesecake that will make an impression on your guests. For example, instead of a round cheesecake with slices, you can use a rectangular pan and make cheesecake squares. You can change up the crust and use Oreo cookie crumbs if that’s what your family enjoys or you could even go crustless – think outside the crust! A ganache topping can be used to add different flavours to the dish (and is also a fancy way  to hide cracks, while looking and tasting intentionally elegant!) It’s easy to make ahead and you can play with the size and even make many individual sized cheesecakes.

This chocolate amaretto cheesecake is one I remember from my childhood. We still serve it every year at Christmas time. Enjoy!

I find using a stand mixer makes cheesecake easier, but you can use a hand mixer too if you don’t have one. I hope you enjoy this Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake recipe from my childhood. Let me know what you think!

Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 T. cocoa
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 8 T. melted butter
    Cheesecake
  • 1 lb. cream cheese 1⁄2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄3 c. amaretto
  • 11⁄2 t. almond extract
  • 2⁄3 c. sour cream
  • 6 oz. melted semi-sweet chocolate
    Top
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet
  • chocolate
  • 1 t. shortening

Instructions

  1. Blend all crust ingredients with a pastry blender. Pat into a spring form pan and refrigerate.
  2. Blend sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add other 4 ingredients.
  4. Add melted chocolate and blend until smooth. 5. Pour into shell.
  5. Bake 1 hr at 325°F until set. Cool.
  6. Melt the chocolate and shortening, spread over cheesecake and cool.
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