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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake {12 Days of Sugar ~ Day 4}

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  • Total Time: 110 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine (, melted)
  • 2 cups sugar (, divided)
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 packages ((8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened)
  • 4 eggs
  • 11/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tsp. orange extract
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • Chocolate chips for melting to garnish the top ((optional))


  1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl; pat firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (Don’t grease the pan). Cover the bottom of the pan with foil or place the pan on a cookie sheet while it’s baking in the oven.
  2. Place chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute or just until chips are melted when stirred. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese and remaining 1-3/4 cups sugar in large bowl; add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in sour cream and orange extract. Stir 3 cups cream cheese mixture into melted chocolate chips; pour into crust. Freeze 10 to 15 minutes until chocolate sets.
  4. Heat oven to 325°F. Stir orange peel into remaining cream cheese mixture; gently spread over chocolate mixture.
  5. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes OR until set except for a 3-inch circle in center; turn off oven. Let stand in oven, with door ajar, 1 hour; remove from oven. With knife, loosen cheesecake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan. Cover; refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Category: Desserts