Black Forest Cheesecake

I can’t bake, and I’m not afraid to admit it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t throw together a simple delicious pie or cheesecake. I haven’t yet graduated to making my own crusts, so I ‘cheat’ and grab those pre-made ones from the store. This Black Forest cheesecake came out fantastic despite my lack of baking skills. A nice chocolatey flavor, perfect texture, and topped with yummy tart cherries. Dangerously good.
Black Forest CheesecakeWhat I do differently next time I make a Black Forest cheesecake? Nothing. Not a thing. Well, ok, I might double the recipe and make four cheesecakes instead of just two. I’ll be taking a few of these to our next family holiday get-together, that’s for sure!

Also try my no-bake red velvet cheesecake. It’s one of Anita’s all-time favorites!

Black Forest Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 2 pies

Ingredients

  • 4 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted per package instructions
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 pre-made Oreo or chocolate pie crusts
  • 2-3 cups Cool Whip topping thawed
  • 1 21 ounce can cherry pie filling

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 325º F.
  • Place cream cheese, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a mixer and mix until blended.
  • Add the sour cream and chocolate and blend.
  • With the blender running, add the eggs one at a time until blended.
  • Divide mixture between the two pie pans (they'll be pretty full) and bake 40 minutes or until the center is almost set.
  • Let cool completely then refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Spread Cool Whip over tops of cheesecakes.
  • Serve slices with a spoonful or two of the cherry pie filling.

Mini Classic Cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I made mini pumpkin cheesecakes for Thanksgiving. They were a big hit. That got me jonesin’ for a more traditional cheesecake. So, that’s what I made! I love making mini classic cheesecakes on my Char-Broil Big Easy. It can’t get much easier.

The Big Easy does cook at a high temperature, so you do have to make sure you don’t overcook the cheesecakes, but it’s still easy. You’ll be rewarded with smooth creamy cheesecake with that light vanilla flavor. Perfect. And all in a single-serve size, so you’re not quite as tempted (maybe) to have more than one.
Mini Classic Cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy
I am not a baker. Not even close. Yet I found these mini classic cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy to be very easy to make. I did learn a few things along the way. You really need to make sure you don’t overcook them. Do not let them go over 150 F. And, they may crack a bit no matter how hard you try. That’s ok, the cracks add character.

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Mini Classic Cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the Char-Broil Big Easy Bunk Bed basket to double the number of cheesecakes that you can cook at once.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18 pies
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla into a mixer and beat until blended.
  • With the mixer still running on low speed, add the eggs one-at-a-time until blended.
  • Divide mixture between the crusts. Depending on how full you fill them you might not need all 18 crusts.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Working in batches, add pies to the basket and bunk bed basket and lower into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145-150 F. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the temperature. Do not overcook. The cheesecakes will continue cooking just a bit after being removed from the Big Easy.
  • Remove and let cool.

No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake

I cannot bake. I’m okay admitting it, too. So when Anita said the other day that she was jonesin’ for a red velvet cupcake, I came up with the next-best-thing: no bake red velvet cheesecake. I opted to make the cheesecake in miniature pre-baked (like I said, I don’t bake, and that includes baking pie crusts!). I like the little crusts because they have built-in portion control. You put a big ole cheesecake in front of me and I might have trouble keeping myself under control. Put a mini cheesecake in front of me and I can manage.
No Bake Red Velvet CheesecakeYou can’t get much easier than this cheesecake. Great vanilla and cocoa flavor with a perfect creamy texture. Very, very addicting little bites, that’s for sure.

Also try my black forest cheesecake.

No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 -12 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese light is ok, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream light is ok
  • 1/2 cup sugar Splenda is ok
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed, plus more for topping if desired
  • 3 packages of Mini Graham pie crusts or a 9 inch pie crust

Instructions

  • Place the cream cheese into a mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Add the sour cream, sugar, food coloring, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  • Gently fold in the whipped topping. Do not over mix.
  • Pour, spoon or pipe the filling into the crust(s).
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. Top with additional whipped cream if desired.