Polka Dot Cheesecake {Crazy Cooking Challenge}

I love cheesecake!  But it’s one of those desserts that I love but it has to be really, really good for me to eat it.  Call me a cheesecake snob if you want.  I’m okay with that.  I don’t like the no bake cheesecakes.  There’s just something about them that my tastebuds don’t like.  But a baked, New York Style cheesecake?  Oh yeah baby!

Tina, over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking, has been hosting this very cool cooking challenge for awhile now.   I was a part of the group in the beginning adn then got a little overwhelmed with all the cooking groups I was in so I backed out.  When I saw the theme for this month I was pretty excited and am back in.  Thanks Tina for hosting the Crazy Cooking Challenge and organizing all of this!

Previous Crazy Cooking Challenges:
Macaroni and Cheese
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mashed Potatoes
Fudge
Chocolate Cake

So on to the cheesecake.  How cool is this?!?!  A polka dot cheesecake.  YUM!  It’s the best of both worlds: regular cheesecake AND chocolate cheesecake!

Polka Dot Cheesecake
Source: The Baker’s Daughter

Crust
* 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
* 1/4 cup cocoa powder
* 2 Tbsp. sugar
* 1/4 cup melted butter

Filling
* 16 ounces softened cream cheese
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 2/3 cup sour cream
* 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cocoa powder.  Add melted butter and stir.  Press into the bottom of an 8 inch springform pan (greased and the bottom lined with parchment paper.)

In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add sugar.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla and sour cream.

Spread cream cheese mixture over the crust, reserving about 1/2 cup.  Spread out to the edges.

Melt the 2 ounces of chocolate slowly in the microwave or in a double boiler.  Add to the reserved 1/2 of cheesecake filling and mix well.

To make the dots, put the chocolate cheesecake mixture in a decorating bag with a round tip.  I don’t have any so I just use a ziplock bag.  An easy way to fill a bag is to place the tip in a glass.  It makes it so much easier to fill!

Gently place the tip in the cheesecake and squeeze, forming a dot.  Repeat all over the cheesecake until all of the chocolate mixture is gone.  (Note to self: I should have made more dots closer together for a better look.)

Place in a 300 degree oven for 60 minutes.  Turn off oven and keep the cheesecake in the oven for another 60 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.  You can also place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to help with cutting.  A knife dipped in hot water also helps to make a clean cut.

I just love how it looks.  And it really was so easy to make.

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Comments

  1. Looks like heaven and I agree those no bake cheesecakes are well just say for the birds….have to rethink that because I don’t think the birds would eat them either!

  2. What an adorable cheesecake! I love how the two polka dots ended up next to each other in the linky. Too funny! Yours looks great. Nice choice!

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  3. Yummy, cute and fun. 😀

  4. Ohhh that looks delicious!

  5. How FUN! Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

  6. That is so creative! I love the polka dots!

  7. I love cheesecake too, and the polka dots are just too cute! Super recipe!

  8. So easy!

  9. I think I just gained 10 pounds reading this post!

  10. I love the cute polkadot cheesecake look!!! This looks super incredible!!!

  11. Hi!

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    Cheers!

  12. I agree bake cheesecake is the only way to go. I’ve seen this recipe and wondered how it was made. Thanks for the step by step. It just might be my BD cake!

  13. Love your cheesecake! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings instead of the CCC! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll share this week! Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

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