Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Chocolate swirled cheesecake recipe! This is a simple cheesecake recipe that bakes up beautifully!

Hello. My name is Karly and I’m a cream cheese addict. It’s been…13 seconds since I last stuck my finger in the tub of whipped cream cheese and licked it clean.

Forgive me.

I know that some people are just thoroughly disgusted by cream cheese. I know this, because I add it to and I always get little comments like, “It’d be better without cream cheese.” Or, “I’ll make this and substitute Greek yogurt for cream cheese.” Or, the ever insightful, “Gross. Cream cheese is nasty!”

To which I always say, you’re wrong. Cream cheese is life and if you don’t know that, I’m really quite sorry.

Chocolate swirled cheesecake recipe! This is a simple cheesecake recipe that bakes up beautifully!

Anyway, here I am today with a PERFECTLY NORMAL recipe featuring cream cheese. I did not sneak it into my cheeseburger casserole and cause a riot. I just politely said, look, this is cheesecake and cheesecake requires cream cheese and then I put all of the cream cheese into the cheesecake like a normal human being.

Got it?

I also went ahead and made this cheesecake with a chocolate swirl, because obviously chocolate makes everything better. The crust is made out of crushed up graham flavors with a hit of cocoa powder for good measure.

Chocolate swirled cheesecake recipe! This is a simple cheesecake recipe that bakes up beautifully!

The only special equipment you should need is a springform pan, which Amazon sells at a great price. Here’s the one I have! Don’t worry about it being a one-dish wonder, because you can also use it to make my Taco Pie (a serious crowd pleaser), my cheesecake with whiskey butter sauce, my raspberry buttermilk cake, or my caramel pecan brownie cake! Lots of uses!

Hope you enjoy this one! It’s pretty easy, but it looks so impressive.

Chocolate swirled cheesecake recipe! This is a simple cheesecake recipe that bakes up beautifully!

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Serves serves 8     adjust servings


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening


  1. To make the crust, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Wrap the outside of a 10-inch springform pan in a double layer of foil. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa powder, and butter in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Press the crust into the pan to form a crust.
  4. Prepare the filling by adding the room temperature cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  5. Beat until creamy. Beat in the condensed milk. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Prepare the chocolate swirl by melting the chocolate chips and shortening in a small, microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds on low speed. Stir until melted.
  8. Drizzle half of the chocolate over the batter and use a wooden skewer to swirl it through the batter.
  9. Gently pour the remaining cheesecake batter over the chocolate swirl. Repeat with the remaining chocolate.
  10. Bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave the door closed. Let sit for 1 hour. Allowing the cheesecake to cool slowly in the warm oven will help prevent it from cracking.
  11. Remove from the oven to the counter top to cool completely. Refrigerate for 4 hours or more before serving.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 767kcal Calories from fat 471
% Daily Value
Total Fat 52g 80%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 191mg 64%
Sodium 473mg 20%
Carbohydrate 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 54g
Protein 14g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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