Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts Recipe -
Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts Recipe

Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Hearts

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"Whether you make one 9-inch round cheesecake or little individual heart-shaped cakes, this decadent double-layer chocolate and raspberry cheesecake drizzled with chocolate ganache is irresistibly delicious for any special occasion."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. CRUST: In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the chocolate graham crackers, ground almonds, and sugar and mix until combined. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  3. PUREE: In a saucepan, combine raspberries and sugar. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 3-5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds and set aside.
  4. CHEESECAKE: In a small pot over low heat, bring the whipping cream to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Remove approximately 1 1/2 cup of this batter and place into a smaller bowl and add 1/2 cup raspberry puree. Blend until combined. Add the melted chocolate to the remaining batter and mix until combined. Pour the chocolate cheesecake batter into the pan. Very carefully layer the raspberry cheesecake mixture on top of the chocolate mixture. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool in pan, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold before removing from pan.
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  • Please note: The amount of cream cheese in this recipe has changed since its original publication.
  • Recipe Note: To make the individual heart shape cheesecakes, prepare the recipe as directed using a 13 x 9 inch pan instead of a springform pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. After the cheesecake cools, cut out the hearts using a metal heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • GARNISH (Optional): Top cooled cheesecakes with one or a combination of the garnishes below.
  • Ganache: In a small pot over low heat, bring the heavy cream and butter to just boiling. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Set aside for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. Pour over cold cheesecake to form ganache layer, or drizzle over the cold cheesecake. Refrigerate until it is set.
  • Raspberry puree: Pour remaining raspberry puree over cold cheesecakes.
  • White Chocolate: In double boiler over hot water, melt the white chocolate until smooth. Drizzle over cold cheesecakes. Refrigerate until it is set.
  • Fresh raspberries on top or served on the side.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 16, 2011

I made the heart-shaped cakes for a special Valentines Day event. I used 4 oz of cream cheese and it turned out perfectly (1/2 of a 250 gram block for my fellow Canadians). I put parchment paper in the bottom of my 9X13 pan and buttered it; that made it a lot easier to remove the hearts as I cut each one. I had also cut a second piece of parchment in the same size and used it to plan. I traced around my cookie cutter with pencil so I could see how to arrange the cutting and thus, minimize waste. For the raspberry puree, I used a 400 gram container of frozen raspberries (we don't use ounces here) and added another tablespoon of sugar - that worked fine. I chilled the cheesecake overnight and the next day, I heated the leftover raspberry puree to boiling and added 2 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water, stirring until thick and then let it cool a bit. This thickened it beautifully for topping the cakes. For the drizzle, I heated 1/8 cup whipping cream in the microwave to boiling and added 1/2 cup chocolate chips, letting it sit for about 2 minutes and then stirring until smooth. I poured it into a sandwich baggie and cut a tiny hole in one corner to use as a decorating bag. I had more than enough drizzle to decorate them. I got 8 nice generous heart-shaped portions. Thanks for a great recipe!! I will definitely make it again :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 16, 2011

The "1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese" was misleading. I used 1 8oz package because that's what I was was thinking this required, and scrambled managing to find another 3/4 of a package in the fridge as well as part of a package of mascarpone cheese... and I still don't think it was enough. I would agree with some of the other comments, in that the idea of this is nice- but if I had it all to do over again, I'd use a better-rated chocolate cheesecake recipe and combine that with a better-rated rasberry cheesecake recipe. OH, also, I almost forgot- while the ground almonds in the crust is a nice touch- there is WAY too much butter and sugar. I currently have grease dripping through the springform pan, it's so greasy. I'd maybe recommend 1/4 of a cup max and half the amount of sugar.


35 Ratings

Feb 06, 2012

Are people NOT READING the recipe right.It states 4-8oz. pkgs of cream cheese,not 4 oz. of an 8oz pkg.If they would use the appropriate amount, they will realize how good this really is.

Feb 15, 2011

This is a very rich dish. I followed the directions to-a-t and it turned out great. However it isn't very cheesecakey. The chocolate layer is more like a fudge than a cheesecake. If you want cheesecake, this probably isn't the best recipe as is. I baked it for 40 minutes in a 13X9. Definitely line it with parchment paper if you are wanting to use cookie cutters, I ended up sabotaging a portion of it trying to get it out of the pan!!

Feb 15, 2011

I just made this cheesecake. I made the follow changes: I used 8oz. cream cheese. Instead of making the raspberry puree, I used seedless raspberry jam. Also, when mizing the chocolate and whipping cream- you will still need to keep the pot over low heat, as these chips are large, and need help melting down. Also, bake time for me was 35 minutes in the 13x9 pan. I just tried to cut the cheesecake using my heart cookie cutter (after about 1.5 hrs of cool time) and it did not work out so well. I will let this cheesecake cool in the fridge overnight, and cut/decorate tomorrow. Hope this helps!! PS: This cheesecake tastes very good! Very rich! Be sure to serve in small portions. :) ***Addition: I had a HARD time with the two cookie cutters I had. So I was able to get two hearts to come out, and opted to just serve with small squares (I posted under this recipe a picture) After cutting, I added a smear of the seedless red raspberry jam- and then drizzled white and Ghiradelli chocolate on top. THEY ARE DELICIOUS!

Feb 15, 2011

This recipe is exceptional! I felt like a top chef winner after making it! To all the questions re: is 4 oz enough? Yes, it is. Having said that, I did add a full 8 oz pkg of cr.cheese b/c I never know what to do with the left over cr. cheese. The dark choc is so rich, it really overpowers the cheese flavor so I don't think it matters if I used 4, 8 or 24 oz of cr. cheese because the chocolate flavor really comes through loud &clear! As a previous reviewer suggested, I placed a piece of buttered parchment paper in the bottom of my 13x9 pan & it came out like a dream. No sticking or crumbling. In fact, the pieces came out with the cookie cutter! I found that rinsing the cookie cutter between pieces helped reduce the problem I was having with the cake sticking to the cutter. I might try buttering my cookie cutter in the future. Also helpful was using a meat tenderizer (basically a glorified hammer) to gently tap on the cookie cutter once placed on the cake & pushed it down as far as I could by hand. It really helped cut through the crust. Like many people, I could not find chocolate graham crackers so instead, I used a package of oreos with the middles scraped out & omitted the sugar in the crust the recipe calls for. I also reduced the butter in the crust to 5 T. to avoid the over greasiness mentioned by another reviewer. This is a 5+ star recipe & I plan to use it year round. Maybe star shapes w/white choc ganache & blueberries atop the raspberry coulis on July 4th.

Aug 23, 2011

Ghirardelli has changed the amount of cream cheese in this recipe from 4 oz. to 4 (8-oz.) packages.

Feb 07, 2011

these are fabulous and delicious


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  • Calories
  • 961 kcal
  • 48%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 206 mg
  • 69%
  • Fat
  • 75.3 g
  • 116%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 14.7 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 402 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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