This chocolate caramel chip cheesecake is so rich, creamy, and chocolate-y, it’s almost like eating a candy bar! An easy yet impressive make-ahead dessert.

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake slice on plate, garnished with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a chocolate square.  food desserts chocolate

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Cheesecake, man. Is there anything better? I can’t think of another dessert that’s quite so irresistible. There’s something about that creamy, dreamy filling, and the crunchy cookie crust that just calls to me.

Even better if there’s chocolate involved. Add caramel and I am completely powerless to its charms!

Have you heard about all the incredible new caramel products Ghirardelli has come out with? I was lucky enough to receive a sampling, and the minute I saw, I couldn’t wait to get into my kitchen and experiment.

The end result was this magnificent chocolate caramel chip cheesecake.

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: Omg this was to-die-for!  So rich and chocolate-y.  Will definitely make again- it's a perfect make-ahead dessert.  food desserts chocolate

Here’s the rundown: rich chocolate cheesecake, speckled with creamy caramel chips, cradled in a crunchy cookie crust and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.  Swoon!  Can you even? 

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake overhead shot of Ghirardelli ingredients

There are all the usual suspects: cream cheese, eggs, cream, etc., but for this recipe we are also using Ghirardelli Chocolate’s Premium Baking Cocoa, the new Caramel Flavored Baking Chips, and Caramel Sauce. And it’s all inspired by my beloved Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares (the Milk Chocolate Caramel kind) that are one of my favorite little indulgences!

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: eggs being cracked into mixing bowl with Ghirardelli ingredients in background

I’ve been baking with Ghirardelli products for years; I love them because they are easy enough to find on my regular grocery store shelf, yet the quality is so superior. The flavor is always so rich, deep, and intense, and it really makes your homemade desserts shine.

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: unbaked cheesecake in water bath, with Ghirardelli ingredients in background.  food desserts chocolate

One of the best things about cheesecake is that it’s easy, and it’s also a perfect make-ahead dessert. I like to bake it the day before I plan to serve it. That way it has plenty of time to chill in the fridge.

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake: animated gif of caramel sauce being drizzled over cheesecake slice.  food desserts chocolate

Once the cheesecake is nice and cold, just cut it into slices and top with caramel sauce. If you want nice, clean cuts like you see here, run a sharp knife under hot water for a few seconds, then towel off before cutting. Repeat this after every slice, so that the knife always sinks in cleanly and your cuts are picture-perfect!

Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: Omg this was to-die-for!  So rich and chocolate-y.  Will definitely make again- it's a perfect make-ahead dessert.  food desserts chocolate

I think you and your family will really love this chocolate caramel chip cheesecake! It’s definitely a crowd pleaser, with all that chocolate and caramel. I even like to top it with whipped cream, and garnish with a Milk Chocolate Caramel Square. So pretty and even more delish!

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Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake

This chocolate caramel chip cheesecake is so rich, creamy, and chocolate-y, it’s almost like eating a candy bar!  An easy yet impressive make-ahead dessert.   

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Serves 12     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the crust

For the filling

For the garnishes

Instructions

To make the crust:  

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, generously mist an 8-inch x 3-inch high round cake pan with non-stick spray, and line with a circle cut from parchment.* 
  2. Crush the chocolate sandwich cookies to fine crumbs with a food processor or mini-chopper. 
  3. Add the melted butter and toss to combine. 
  4. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. 

To make the filling:  

  1. Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. 
  2. Add the cream cheese, mixing on medium-low speed until combined.  
  3. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.  
  4. Stir in the cream, melted chocolate, and vanilla, and fold in the caramel flavored chips.
  5. Transfer the cheesecake batter to the prepared pan, and tap it sharply on the counter a few times, to eliminate any large air bubbles.  
  6. Place the unbaked cheesecake in a larger baking dish, and pour very hot water into the larger dish until it comes up about 1-inch around the cheesecake pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, then lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F, and bake for another 65 minutes, or until set around the edges but still slightly jiggly towards the center.  
  8. Turn off the oven, and prop the door open with a wooden spoon, allowing the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven for at least an hour.  
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight before flipping out of the pan and onto a serving plate.  (Wrap in a hot towel to help release the cheesecake from the pan.)
  10. Garnish with whipped cream, Caramel Sauce, and Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares. 

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Recipe Notes

*Can also be made in a springform pan, but I prefer to use a regular cake pan to prevent leakage from the water bath.  You can read more about that here.  Most springform pans are 8 or 9 inches in diameter, so bear in mind that the cheesecake will come out thinner if you go that route.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 622kcal Calories from fat 440
% Daily Value
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 228mg 76%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 30g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: Omg this was to-die-for! So rich and chocolate-y. Will definitely make again- it's a perfect make-ahead dessert. food desserts chocolate
Chocolate Caramel Chip Cheesecake: Omg this was to-die-for! So rich and chocolate-y. Will definitely make again- it's a perfect make-ahead dessert. food desserts chocolate