Chocolate Cheesecake

Prepare the Crust: – Mix together crushed chocolate cookies or graham crackers with melted butter. – Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan and bake until set.

Make the Cheesecake Filling: – Beat cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth. – Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and melted chocolate. – Pour the filling over the baked crust.

Bake the Cheesecake: – Bake the cheesecake until set, with a slightly jiggly center.

Cool the Cheesecake: – Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until completely chilled.

Prepare the Chocolate Ganache: – Heat heavy cream until simmering, then pour it over chopped chocolate. – Stir until smooth and glossy.

Top the Cheesecake: – Pour the chocolate ganache over the chilled cheesecake. – Spread it evenly with a spatula.

Chill and Serve: – Refrigerate the cheesecake until the ganache is set. – Slice and serve your decadent Chocolate Cheesecake, optionally garnished with whipped cream or chocolate shavings.