Italian Amaretto Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Italian Cream Cheese Ricotta Chocolate Cheesecake

1 cup chocolate crushed cookie crumbs like Oreos or other chocolate cookies or chocolate graham crackers

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

4 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled


2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature

3/4 – 1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoon Amaretto or almond extract

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

Using a food processor, crush the crackers into fine crumbs

Slowly add the melted butter and pulse a few more times.

Press the crumbs in the bottom of a 9 and 1/2 inch springform pan.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then lower it to 325  when the cheesecake has to cook.


In a large mixing bowl, blend together the cream cheese, well-drained ricotta, sour cream whipping cream, cocoa, Amaretto, vanilla extract with a heavy-duty beat till smooth and creamy looking, till well blended, add in the eggs then sugar and flour, about 3 to 4 more minutes.

Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined and lightly sprayed first with cooking oil springform pan.

Bake at 325 for around 45 minutes to an hour.

Chill the cheesecake for at least 5 hours.

Remove from the pan. Serving suggestions: drizzle with hot fudge sauce, chocolate shavings, a dollop of whipped cream or serve plain.


  1. Claudia, you are killing me! This is absolutely gorgeous - really, I don't think it could look any creamier.

  2. OMG, this cake is mind-boggling! I love chocolate and his combination with amaretto. I'd be very happy to taste a slice of this luscious cheese cake. Bye, have a nice day

  3. what a beautiful cake Claudia. Very nice recipe, i love amaretto and cheesecake. i'm copying this very nice recipe.

  4. Ciao! This recipe looks delicious!

  5. Can I go live on your porch or something? It's warm in FL, I won't eat that much - and if you could just pass me a little slice of this piece of heaven, I'll be good.

  6. I've just baptised you Miss Princess Amaretto. You're spoiling me with these delicious desserts.
    The only thing I'd add is maybe a little more Amaretto ;o)) ya think it may be too much? LOL

    Flavourful wishes,

    P.S. as soon as I have a chance...I'll be adding this recipe to my Amaretto post also ;)

  7. This is the stuff dreams are made of!!

  8. Oh man, this looks so rich and wonderful. I want a bite right now!

  9. this looks ridiculous! so much chocolatey goodness! all these amaretto desserts are making me jealous & hungry!

  10. Oh heavens...I want a slice! Wonderful recipe :)

  11. That cheesecake looks incredible! Nice job!!!!

  12. Oh my Gosh! Claudie! This looks amazing! How can you go wrong with Cream Cheese, Ricotta and heavy whipping cream in the same desert? wow! YUM!

  13. What a beautiful cheesecake Claudia. I love amaretto in chocolate! Hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving.

  14. Now if only my two live-in Acolytes like ricotta style cheesecake....

  15. I love cheesecake and it could not get any better with these two flavors of chocolate and Amaretto!

  16. great recipe,your cheesecake looks gorgeous!


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