Rich Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake made with Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread, a chocolate cookie crust and a thick, glossy chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake covered in an amazingly thick and rich chocolate ganache is pretty much the best dessert I’ve ever made – this according to my husband who loves chocolate and cheesecake above all else. So when Chocmeister/Peanut Butter and Co. reached out to me to be a brand ambassador and create a recipe for their new Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread I was completely honored (plus I shamelessly angled for some of their peanut butter too because we’ve been addicted to it for over five years).
This Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake is thick, rich, not overly sweet and a showstopper of a dessert. It looks like it was made in a bakery or your favorite fast casual restaurant, but if you follow this recipe you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how amazing it turns out. Heck, you may even want to invite some people over and charge them $8.95 a slice it will look so professional.
- Totally rich and delicious, with the familiar chocolate hazelnut spread taste you’re used to…except healthier!
Chocmeister is made with 25% less sugar than the leading brand of chocolate hazelnut spreads.
It has double the protein of the leading brand of chocolate hazelnut spreads.
Tastes great on whole grain toast & bagels, with fruit like bananas & strawberries or in your favorite cookie or brownie recipe.
- Most importantly, for a dark chocolate fiend like me, it comes in DARK CHOCOLATE too!
- Oh, and I totally did you all a favor and made this recipe call for the exact amount in one jar, so go ahead and get two, that way you can snack while baking. Did I mention it comes in dark chocolate too?
- 36 chocolate wafer cookies , finely crushed (about 3 cups)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese , at room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/4 cups Chocmeister® Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
- In a large bowl add the chocolate wafer cookie crumbs with melted butter.
- Press onto bottom of springform pan and up the sides by an inch or so (a ½ cup measuring cup normally works great for tamping down the crust and pressing it against the sides).
- In a small bowl melt your chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments (took me two times) and stir until fully melted.
- In your stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and sugar together on medium speed until completely smooth (lumps are your enemy here).
- Add in the milk, eggs, melted chocolate and sour cream and turn on stand mixer on medium speed until well combined.
- Add in the Chocmeister® Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread and vanilla and combine again on medium speed.
- Add in the cocoa powder and flour and combine until the flour is just absorbed.
- Using a spatula, add the filling carefully into the crust.
- Bake for 60-75 minutes, until the center is just barely jiggly.
- Turn the oven off, open it an inch (where is naturally sits open, but not all the way) and let it cool completely.
- Being gentle with the change in temperature will prevent cracking the top.
- Once completely cooled you can store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- To make the ganache, add the 1 cup of milk or semisweet chips to a microwave safe bowl with the ¾ cup heavy cream and microwave for one minute.
- Let sit untouched for 2 minutes, then whisk to combine.
- Pour over the whole cheesecake or slices.
- Optionally garnish with chopped hazelnuts, more crushed cookies and chopped chocolate disks.
I am just wondering, Do we add the 1 cup of chocolate chips and semi sweet chocolate chips to the batter? Or only one cup to the batter and the other cup is for the ganache?
Hello, thanks for this lovely looking recipe, I can’t wait to make it Also thanks for the metric measurements – we don’t really do cups in the UK, and when I look up conversion charts they differ in the amounts. Would I be able to freeze the cheesecake – with or without the ganache? Many thanks
I’m so glad you found this recipe. This cheesecake can be frozen but I suggest doing so without the ganache and it could break up easily. Enjoy!
I made this. Tagged you on Instagram. Super rich and decadent. Very creamy. I used Nutella, and a little less flour than what the recipe called for. I added ground hazlenuts to the chocolate cookie crust, and candied hazlenuts and spun sugar on top. Excellent recipe, thank you so much for sharing it!!
Thanks so much for the tag!
Wow! How good does that look? I’m drooling just thinking about it. All about the liquid chocolate drizzle over here.
I hope you enjoy it!
When you change the servings amount, you get all these ridiculous decimal amounts for the ingredients. Seriously? “.19 cup flour”? “.94 cup Nutella substitute”? Ridiculous. You should be stating flat ounce amounts, especially for the Nutella!
It was too much batter for my 9″ springform pan. When i try it again, i will go for 3 – 8oz cream cheese and 3 eggs.
So sorry to hear that! You can adjust the servings size by hovering over the serving amount a slider will appear. If you move it to 9 servings, it will adjust the ingredients for 3 blocks of cream cheese so that everything is in proportion. Hope this helps!
Preparing to make your chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. Can you clarify baking instructions. One reader said there was an issue with cheesecake cracking and you asked if a “water bath” was used. I dIdnt find any instructions in this particular recipe to use the “ water bath “ method. Thank you for your expertise and many wonderful recipes. This will be my fourth recipe from your site and everything has been stellar.
A water bath isn’t necessary but you can use it to prevent cracking.
I give the instructions for one in my Chocolate Cheesecake post:
Let me know if that helps when making this!
Sabrina you are my idol!!!!
Could you please tell me how long to bake if I put it in mini cheesecake pans. Any idea of how many I could get out of this recipe if I did that?
Aw, thanks, that’s so sweet! You want to bake them 30-35 min. It depends on the size of your tins, so I don’t have a recommendation on quantity. Love to hear how they turn out and how many you made!
We don’t have chocolate in our area. And I hate Neutela (sp)? What else can I use?
Any other chocolate hazelnut spread will do as a substitute. I’ve heard great things about the Justin’s brand and you can order it off of Amazon too. Hope this helps!
I made this today for our birthday potluck. It looks amazing pretty sure tastes fantastic.. I am pretty proud of this one, excited for tomorrow.
My 2nd time making this delicious cheese cake. Recipe was easy to fallow and my whole family loves it. Thank you for sharing. It’s now one of my traditional Christmas favorites.
That makes me so happy that you’ve included it into your holiday traditions! Happy Holidays!
Never heard of chocmeister. Can you use Nutella?
I’m going to try substituting cornstarch in place of the flour. I’m assuming it’s for thickening and binding. I’m gluten free so I’ll try the cornstarch and gluten free cookies.
Try rice flour it’s lighter.
I am gluten free as well and I make a lot of cheesecakes. I use cornstarch all the time and the texture is great. Rice flour will make it sticky and grainy. I often use a gluten free brownie recipe for the crust–just make the brownie right in the pan and bake before adding the filling.
How important it is flour to this recipe?
Unfortunately, it’s very important to the structure of the cheesecake and not able to be omitted or substituted. So sorry.
Can I substitute the sour cream for plain yogurt? What can I use as a substitute for heavy cream. Thanks in advance.
Yes, you can substitute yogurt for the sour cream. If you want to substitute the heavy cream as well, use 1/2 cup milk and then an additional 1/4 cup yogurt. Hope you enjoy it!
Thank you so much! I wil try this cake on Valentine’s day. I’m sure my girlfriend will love it!
Fantastic! You’ll have to come back to let me know how she liked it!
This recipe is great, but i thought there was way too much batter for the 9 inch pan. I could’ve made two.
I completely agree. I am in the process of baking it and it rose above the pan about 1-2 inches. I am hoping the end result will be delicious! The batter was!!!!
Can we skip the sour cream???
All of the recipes of cheese cake always using sour cream on it..
What is exactly the used of sour cream anyway???
Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Sorry I just found a huge number of comments over the last three months that was snared in the spam filter and I am trying to follow up with each one now even though in your case I am way too late to help. It’s how traditional rich ny cheesecake is made, the sour cream adds body and tang to the recipe.
I made this lovely dessert this evening. It looks and smells delicious. One thing though….I have cracks all around the cheesecake. I baked it on 350 for 55 mins letting the oven cool for 5 then opening the door to let it cool slowly, The cracks appeared half way through the backing process. Where did I go wrong?
Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Did you use a water bath? I find that always helps prevent cracking.
I have not yet seen Chocmeister in my supermarket in the San Francisco Bay area, so I have been unable to check out its ingredients. Mybe you can tell me if it contains PALM OIL, like Nutella? I seriously love hazelnuts nd chocolate, so I am really hoping it does not! Thanks
Sorry, Kathy, it does contain palm oil.
That looks incredible! I added it to my Pinterest boards. I need to make it – soon!
Thanks, Lynda! I hope you enjoy it!
I like to have it on toast.
I love chocolate-hazelnut spread as a filling for shortbread style cookie sandwiches.
I like eating it right out of the jar.
This looks SO decadent!
I have not tried hazelnut spread before, so I guess I am missing out! This dessert looks decadent!