Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake


For a special treat, serve this rich dessert with gourmet coffee. If you prefer a milder liqueur flavor, use a little less Irish cream and add whipping cream or milk to make up the difference.

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Chill Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ½ cup finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 18 cookies)*

  • 6 tablespoon butter, melted*

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 8 ounce package semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup Irish cream liqueur

  • 2 tablespoon whipping cream or milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • fresh raspberries (optional)

  • cup cup semisweet chocolate pieces, melted (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed chocolate wafers, melted butter, and cinnamon; toss gently to mix. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

  2. For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and melted chocolate. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs just until combined. Stir in liqueur, whipping cream or milk, and vanilla.

  3. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

  4. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen from side of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove side of springform pan. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

  5. Before serving, transfer the cheesecake to a platter. Top with fresh raspberries and drizzle with 1/3 cup melted chocolate, if desired. Makes 16 servings.


If using a 10-inch springform pan, use 1-3/4 cups crushed chocolate wafers (about 21 cookies) and 7 tablespoons butter, melted, for the crust.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
29g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 7g
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 181mg 4%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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