Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake Updated

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying time with friends and maybe having some fun in the kitchen as well. I’ve been a little apprehensive toward holiday meals, but not about dessert thanks to this tried and true cheesecake recipe which can be made ahead and frozen. “Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake is an old standby, and I’ve already trotted it out for multiple events this year.  It hasn’t let me down. Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake Plus reviving it opened the door to some revisions including using an Oreo crust in place of the more expensive chocolate wafer crust. triple layer cheesecake Another revision is the glaze. The original (which I’ve included) is delicious, but kind of firm compared to the texture of the cake. If you want a softer glaze I’ve listed an alternative or you could just pour on a basic chocolate ganache. Whatever you choose for the glaze, you’ll really like this cheesecake and get lots and lots of compliments!

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Chocolate Glazed Triple Layer Cheesecake
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This is a party perfect cheesecake with three distinct layers. For best results, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Plan on making this at least one day head.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Crust Layer
  • 25 Oreos
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
Chocolate Layer
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces of melted semisweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
Brown Sugar Layer
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 Tbsp. flour, all-purpose
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
White Layer
  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate glaze (two recipes follow, so pick one)
  1. Crumb Crust: Grind Oreos (filling and all) in food processor or crush in a bag. Combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom and 2-inches up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Put in the freezer.
  2. Chocolate Layer: Combine 8 oz of cream cheese and 1/4 sugar and beat until creamy. Add 1 egg and 1/4 tsp. vanilla; blend well. Stir in melted chocolate and 1/3 cup sour cream. Spoon over chocolate crumb layer.
  3. Brown Sugar Layer: Combine 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup brown sugar and flour and beat until well mixed. Add 1 egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla; blend well. Stir in pecans. Spoon gently over chocolate layer.
  4. White Sour Cream Layer: Combine 5 oz cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg and blend well. Stir in remaining 1 cup sour cream and vanilla. Spoon gently over praline layer.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour; turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes; open door of oven and leave cheesecake in oven an additional 30 minutes. Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove from pan and make one of the chocolate glazes listed.
  7. Original Chocolate Glaze (which gets kind of hard, but tastes good): Combine 6 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate and 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of water and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla until smooth. Pour over cake.
  8. Alternative Glaze: Heat 1/3 cup of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of corn syrup in a 2 cup microwave-safe glass measure until very hot but not quite boiling. Add 4 ounces of chopped chocolate (semisweet or dark) and stir until melted. At this point it will be rather thin, so let it sit for about 30 minutes or until it cools and thickens a bit, then pour it over the cheesecake.
  9. At this point, the cake needs some sort of garnish. You could pile chocolate leaves on top, add nuts or do what I do and drizzle lines of melted white chocolate over the top.


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  1. says

    Anna! This sounds like a keeper recipe. I wish it had been on my radar. Instead I’ve been so indecisive that we’re going to end up settling for cookies for dessert. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Phyllis says

    Merry Christmas… this looks yummy, but question #1.. do I just use the whole cookies or just the cookie part of the oreos for the crust? #2… can it be frozen, as you mentioned? I always wonder about cheesecake and freezing..

  3. says

    Hi Phyllis!
    Use the whole Oreo — filling and all. I usually grind them up in the food processor. And yes, I promise you this cheesecake freezes well. One thing I like to do is line the inside of the pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil. When the cheesecake is nice and cold, you can just lift it from the bottom of the pan, wrap it in plastic, and freeze. Lately I’ve been lining the whole inside of the pan with Reynolds Release because it makes removing the chilled cake super easy AND I can put the bottom of the springform pan away and not worry about losing it. Lining the pan is especially helpful if you plan to make the cake and leave it somewhere, but I didn’t include that in the instructions because it’s not necessary.

  4. Karen Schmidt-Dill says

    Since I adore chocolate, and cheesecake, this sounds WONDERFUL! I will be trying this. Have to go to the store to get Oreos, however.
    Under the recipe in the related posts section is a recipe for red velvet cheesecake. That, I am going to try making NOW!
    Have you ever made smaller cheesecakes, in non-spring form pans? I was thinking about 1/2 or even 1/3 size for 1-2 people. I know it would be more difficult to get out of the pan, but it could stay in the pan just like a pie for serving.

  5. says

    Karen, I just served this again tonight. I really think that the second topping I listed or a ganache made with 4 oz of cream and 4 oz of semisweet topping would be better than the original glaze, so if you make it, consider skipping the glaze the goes with the recipe and swapping it out for a ganache. About smaller cheesecakes, I have a couple of 3-inch pans and have made several small cheesecakes using recipes designed for that pan size, but making a recipe like this one in a 3 inch pan would require some trial and error in regard to baking time. One of these days I may try to scale this one down for a 3-inch pan.

  6. Ela says

    Hi Anna! Happy Holidays! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I know what to make for our New Year’s Eve dinner. I also can see lots of variations in the future and different add ins. Great recipe!

  7. Sue says

    When you make this ahead and freeze it do you glaze it before or after freezing? I think I’m going to make this for an event next weekend.

  8. says

    Sue, that’s a good question. Personally, I’d freeze it and put the glaze on a few hours before serving. However, if you’re in a situation where you can’t do that, then you could definitely glaze it and just freeze the whole thing.

  9. Sue says

    The cheesecake is in the oven. I don’t think I was careful enough with the layering. I won’t know until Saturday night. I suppose it will taste good no matter what. I’ll let you know.

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