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Italian Cheesecake II


"This is a sweet, moist chocolate chip cheesecake with a hint of citrus and anise flavors. It is made with Ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese. This dessert has been an Easter tradition in my family since before my father was born. The recipe makes a lot, but it can easily be cut in half for smaller groups. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top of the cheesecakes before baking if desired."
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4 h 15 m servings 311 cals
Original recipe yields 48 servings (6 9-inch cheesecakes)


  • Calories:
  • 311 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.8g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 230 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl, then mix in the sugar, vanilla flavoring, anise extract, lime zest, lemon zest, and ricotta cheese until smooth. Toss the chocolate chips with the flour in a plastic bag to coat. Fold in to the ricotta batter until evenly blended. Place the graham cracker crusts onto baking sheets. Evenly divide the batter among the crusts.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then rotate the cheesecakes 90 degrees, and continue baking until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate at least 2 hours until cold before serving.

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I don't usually like to rate/review my own recipes, but this would get five stars from me even if it was someone else's recipe. If you use real vanilla extract, you'll want to use a little less...

This Cheesecake is so very delicious. I did cut the recipe down to 2 pies since we are just 5 and I didn't want any to go to waste. I love the citrus with the anise flavor and then the chocolate...

I also love this dessert! In the hubster's fam, though they call it "Ricotta Pie" but the classic flavors are the same. It isn't a classic "cheesecake", but it is an Italian classic! I haven't t...

This was a huge hit at Thanksgiving! My brother-in-law is Italian, and his parents' eyes lit up when they realized I had brought a ricotta cheesecake - no, it's not like what most of us expect a...

Scaled this back to make one cake. We liked this one. It was different than a typical cheesecake. I wasn't sure my kids would like the anise but they didn't say a thing. Used regular vanilla...