Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Category: Dessert

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 15 ounces (1 3/4 cups) part-skim ricotta
  • 8 ounces lowfat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lowfat sour cream
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant-espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Melt butter. Combine 2 cups flour and ½ cup powdered sugar, and then mix in melted butter. Pat down flat in pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside
  3. Purée ricotta in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Add cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, egg, egg whites, almond extract, flour and salt; puree until smooth. Whisk 2 tablespoon hot water, cocoa powder and espresso powder in a bowl until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Stir 1 cup plain filling into chocolate mixture. Set aside. Pour remaining plain filling into prepared pan. Drizzle chocolate filling in a circular pattern over plain filling. Using a knife, make circular strokes to create swirls in the plain filling. Add 1 inch hot water to a shallow baking pan; place springform pan in baking pan. Bake until cheesecake is firm around the edge and slightly soft in the center, 45 to 55 minutes. Run a knife around inside of pan. Remove foil; let cool on a rack. Chill 6 hours or overnight before removing sides of pan.

Recipe and Photo: Simplicious / CC BY-SA


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