Simple chocolate chip cheesecake in a chocolate pie crust is made with just six ingredients. Creamy cheesecake filled with mini chocolate chips will easily be one of your new favorite cheesecake recipes.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe
I have a secret. Try as I might, I just don’t love cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong. I like it. You’re just more likely to see me with a cookie.
In theory I should – I like all the components, but together, it’s just not my favorite.
However, they’re so simple to make & everyone else likes them, so I’ve perfected the technique and make them often. I’ll just enjoy a brownie while you have a slice.
I’ve been making this chocolate chip cheesecake for years. The recipe actually came from an old Philadelphia cream cheese cookbook that I’ve gotten quite a bit of use out of (my 3-step mini cheesecakes also came from that book).
Because you don’t need a springform pan, it’s a great first cheesecake recipe to ease you into the cheesecake world.
Why You’ll Love this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- Perfect for chocolate lovers – The creamy cheesecake filling is full of mini chocolate chips and baked in an Oreo cookie crust. It should be enough chocolate for the chocolate lover in your life.
- Creamy Texture – No one wants a dry cheesecake – this one is rich and creamy. Plus, I have tips below to get you a smooth top (no cracks!).
- Great Dessert for a Party – Once you slice this cheesecake, it’ll easily serve 8-10.
- Simple Ingredients – You only need six ingredients – cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs, mini chocolate chips, and a graham cracker crust or oreo crust.
Equipment you’ll need
- Hand Mixer – I reach for my hand mixer way more than I use my stand mixer.
- Mixing Bowl – I like these with the grippy bottoms.
- Silicone Spatulas – I use these for everything. They’re great for scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- Pie Server – For serving up slices.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ingredients
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- CREAM CHEESE – Two 8 oz packages of full-fat cream cheese at room temperature.
- SUGAR – Granulated white sugar is what I use. I haven’t tested others.
- VANILLA – Pure vanilla extract if you can. Skip the imitation stuff.
- EGGS – Also start with the eggs at room temperature for the best results.
- CHOCOLATE CHIPS – Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I find regular chocolate chips to be a little bit too large.
- CRUST – You have some options here. You need a 9″ (6 ounce) crust. That could be a homemade crust or a premade, ready-to-use graham cracker or Oreo crust. I love a homemade graham cracker crust (like in my key lime pie) – you could also use chocolate graham crackers to make a chocolate crust.
How to make a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- STEP ONE: Make the cheesecake batter. First, to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla and mix at medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs and mix until just blended. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips.
- STEP TWO: Pour in the crust. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the premade crust and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips over the top of the cheesecake.
- STEP THREE: Bake. Bake at 350° in a preheated oven for 40 minutes or until center is almost set (slightly jiggly). Remove from oven and let cool on the counter.
- STEP FOUR: Chill. Once slightly cooled, cover the cheesecake and chill for at least 3 hours before slicing.
What is the secret to making good cheesecake?
- Start with room temperature cream cheese and eggs. It will ensure a smooth cheesecake batter.
- Use full-fat cream cheese. I haven’t tested with low/reduced fat.
- The eggs go in last. Don’t over mix, just mix until combined, or you will incorporate too much air into the batter (which can cause cracks).
- I don’t normally use a water bath for this cheesecake, but it’s not a bad idea. It creates humidity in the oven and prevents cracks.
- Don’t open the oven door until the end of the cook time. When you peek in, it creates a draft, which can cause cracks.
- To check for doneness, the edges should be slightly puffy and the center still a bit jiggly. It will finish cooking after you take it out.
- Don’t cover it immediately. Let the cheesecake cool on the counter and then cover with foil or plastic wrap before moving it to the fridge. If you cover it too soon, it’ll cause condensation.
- If it does crack, don’t worry. Just cover it up with some fresh strawberries, whipped cream, or chocolate ganache.
This is a classic cheesecake recipe that can be modified to your liking. Some easy variations include:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake – add 1/3 cup of peanut butter in with the cream cheese.
- Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake – beat 1/2 cup mashed banana in with the cream cheese.
- Plain Cheesecake – just omit the chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Storage
How to store leftovers
Leftover cheesecake should be stored in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap and stored in the fridge. It will be good for 3-4 days.
Can I freeze it?
Yes, cheesecake freezes really well. Freeze the entire cheesecake or individual slices by wrapping them in plastic wrap and then carefully placing them in a freezer bag.
How long will cheesecake last in the freezer?
Cheesecake will keep up to two months in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy it, move it to the fridge to thaw.
What is the difference between New York style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?
New York cheesecake contains heavy cream and sour cream which makes a thinner batter and creamier texture. Regular cheesecake (sometimes called Philadelphia cheesecake — which is named after the cream cheese brand, not the city) is dense and rich because it relies on the cream cheese for the flavor and texture.
How many does a cheesecake serve?
This 9″ cheesecake will serve 8-10, depending on how generous you slice it.
How do I cleanly slice it?
To cleanly slice a cheesecake, start with it cold, straight from the fridge. Room temperature cheesecake gets messier. Run a large, sharp knife under hot water before slicing and carefully wipe the blade with a paper towel between slices, if needed.
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Originally published May 9, 2010