Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

February 13, 2016 Leave a Comment | Disclosure

Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

 Indulge with Ghirardelli!

Sometimes, you just have to throw the grocery budget out the window and indulge.  I think I may have to make these for Valentine’s Day for dessert.  Oh. Yum! I just love Ghirardelli Chocolate. I was able to tour the factory as a teenager and ever since that delicious day I haven’t looked back! I love the heart shaped cheesecakes; they are fun for Valentine’s Day or to serve up for any special occasion! I was thinking this would also make a fun dessert idea for an anniversary celebration.


Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

Ingredients

  • 2 cup(s) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (for cheesecake)
  • 8 ounce(s) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (optional for garnish)
  • 8 ounce(s) Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar (optional for garnish)
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) graham cracker crumbs (about 10 crackers) (for crust)
  • 1/4 cup(s) ground almonds (for crust)
  • 4 tablespoon(s) white sugar (for crust)
  • 3/4 cup(s) butter, melted (for crust)
  • 4 ounce(s) pkg. cream cheese, softened (for cheesecake)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (for cheesecake)
  • 4 eggs (for cheesecake)
  • 1/2 cup(s) raspberry puree (recipe below) (for cheesecake)
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream (for cheesecake)
  • 1 (10 - 12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries (for raspberry puree)
  • 4 tablespoon(s) white sugar (for raspberry puree)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter (optional - for chocolate ganache)
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream (optional - for chocolate ganache)
  • 1 cup(s) fresh raspberries (optional - for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). To prepare crust, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the chocolate graham crackers, ground almonds, and sugar and mix until combined. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and set aside. To prepare the puree, combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 3-5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds and set aside.
  2. To prepare cheesecake, in a small pot over low heat, bring the whipping cream to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and ¾ cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Remove approximately 1 ½ cup of this batter and place into a smaller bowl and add ½ cup raspberry puree. Blend until combined. Add the melted chocolate to the remaining batter and mix until combined. Pour the chocolate cheesecake batter into the pan. Very carefully layer the raspberry cheesecake mixture on top of the chocolate mixture. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until filling is set.
  3. Cool in pan, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold before removing from pan. If desired, top cooled cheesecakes with one or a combination of the garnishes below. Chocolate Ganache: In a small pot over low heat, bring the heavy cream and butter to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. Pour over cold cheesecake to form ganache layer, or drizzle over the cold cheesecake. Refrigerate until it is set. Raspberry Puree: Pour remaining raspberry puree over cold cheesecakes. White Chocolate: In double boiler over hot water, melt the white chocolate until smooth. Drizzle over cold cheesecakes. Refrigerate until it is set. Fresh raspberries on top or served on the side.
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Springform pan

KitchenAid Springform Pan Bakeware

  • The Springform Pan is an essential part of the cheesecake and the non-stick helps a lot!
  • I really appreciate this pan can be put in the dishwasher for quick cleanup!

Photo/Recipe Credit

If you like this recipe, we have several other Valentine’s Day recipes that are FAB! These are fun for serving up sweet treats from breakfast to dessert after dinner. If you are planning a day or night in, check these out for your Valentine’s Day menu! See all of the recipes here!

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