Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

happy valentine’s day! 
i hope you and your lover have a fabulous lover’s day! we don’t usually do anything until the weekend, but we’ve got some fun plans {including shopping, eating, and relaxing}. today i have another fun announcement to share. i am so excited to be participating in my first dessert challenge. i love the food network show chopped, and this is kinda a bloggers dessert version. every month we will make something with the two ingredients and then post our recipes. you’ll be able to see all the entries and get some great ideas.

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge
february’s challenge is chocolate and cherries…
{perfect for the month of love!}

i had so many ideas because honestly, this is one of my favorite combinations. however, i decided to make a chocolate cheesecake with cherries on top. i have not attempted to make a cheesecake before, but i really wanted to challenge myself {this being a challenge and all}. i don’t know what you’ll think, but i think this is preeeetttty scrumptious.
this type of cheesecake is simple because you can get away with a crinkly top since it’s covered:)

here’s the recipe:
4 blocks {8oz} cream cheese
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 recipe oreo crust {all you’ll need is double stuffed oreos or regular oreos with a little butter}
1 jar cherry pie filling
for the crust:
1)crush 1 package double stuffed oreos in your food processor.

2)add a little butter until the mixture holds it’s shape.

3)make a crust in your springform pan by mashing the oreo mixture onto the bottom and sides of the pan.

4)bake at 350 for 10 mins.

1)mix the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2)melt the chocolate chips and temper the cream cheese mixture with the chocolate and combine. {temper means to add some of the cream cheese mixture to the chocolate in little amounts to cool the chocolate down so you don’t cook the eggs with the hot chocolate chips when you mix them together}
3)pour into baked crust.

4)bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes until set. {don’t worry if you see cracks}
1)open cherry pie filling and pour over cooled cheesecake.
2)serve and enjoy!

here’s some of the other recipes from the dessert challenge!

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