Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 1 cup finely ground chocolate wafer cookies (5 ounces; about 22 cookies)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together cookie crumbs, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up 1 inch on sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring, about 2 minutes. Let cool.Step 3
  3. Put cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add remaining cup sugar in a slow, steady stream. Add salt; mix until combined. Add sour cream, cocoa, vanilla, and melted chocolate; mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing each until just combined (do not overmix). Pour cream cheese filling over crust.
  4. Bake until set but still slightly wobbly in center, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, 6 hours or overnight. Before unmolding, run a knife around edge of cake.