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A close up of a chocolate swirl cheesecake.

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

This cheesecake is simple to make, but that chocolate swirl makes it look very impressive!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 767kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa powder, and butter in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Press the crust into the pan to form a crust.
  • Prepare the filling by adding the room temperature cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • Beat until creamy. Beat in the condensed milk. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
  • 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.
  • Drizzle half of the chocolate over the batter and use a wooden skewer to swirl it through the batter.
  • Gently pour the remaining cheesecake batter over the chocolate swirl. Repeat with the remaining chocolate.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the oven to the counter top to cool completely. Refrigerate for 4 hours or more before serving.


Serving: 8slices | Calories: 767kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 473mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 54g