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Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake


By: Sue G. - Wausau, WI - 2017 Recipe Contest Submission

"I love anything that marries chocolate and coffee! Over the years, I have perfected this recipe and think it is the creamiest cheesecake I have ever eaten!"

This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Café.
Ingredients:

Featured ingredient: Heavenly Caramel Coffee 10 oz. Bag Ground

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. "Natural" cocoa powder (may also use "Dutch processed" cocoa powder, but I prefer the rich taste of a dark, natural cocoa)
  • 1/3 c. melted butter
Cheesecake:
  • 1/4 c. Door County Heavenly Caramel coffee -- brewed at TRIPLE strength
  • Two 8-oz packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. Kahlua (or other coffee-flavored liquerer)
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Crust:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter and mix well. Firmly press into the bottom and half way up the sides of a 9" springform pan. Bake at 325°F for five minutes; cool.
Cheesecake:
  1. Beat cream cheese with mixer until light and fluffy; gradually add 3/4 c. sugar, mixing well.
  2. Beat in 1/2 c. cocoa. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Stir in coffee, Kahlua, and pure vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. (Filling will be a bit soft, but will firm up as cheesecake stands.)
  4. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack (roughly 2-3 hours).
  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator and chill at least eight hours, preferably overnight.