What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Cheesecake

Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Cheesecake with a hazelnut crust. Yum?

I wanted to make a cheesecake that incorporated chocolate in it, but wasn’t too chocolate-y [technical term]. Oh, and I wanted to add nuts in it. I remember coming across a lot of nutella cheesecakes, but because I didn’t want the whole thing to be chocolate… I decided to add in swirls of it.

I LOVED the pistachio crust that I made for my cheesecake with the chocolate center filling, so I decided to use hazelnuts in the crust in today’s cheesecake.

Let’s start with the hazelnut crust base. For the hazelnut crust, you need:

  • 1 cup of [all-purpose] flour
  • 1/3 cup of [firmly-packed] brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of hazelnuts, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons of [unsalted] butter, cut into tiny cubes

To make the hazelnut crust:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees [and place your oven rack in the middle of your oven if it isn’t there already]. Lightly grease a  [non-stick] springform pan just to be extra careful.
  2. In your food processor: add in the flour, brown sugar, and chopped hazelnuts. Pulse several times to combine those three ingredients before adding in the cubed butter. Pulse several more times until the butter is incorporated in nicely. Firmly press the crust mixture into the bottom of your springform pan.
  3. Bake for about 12 minutes [in your preheated oven] [or until the edges are light brown]. Remove from oven and let the crust cool completely.
  4. At this point, lower the oven temperature to 300 degrees to bake the cheesecake.

Now onto the cheesecake filling. For it, you will need:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • [about] 1/2 cup of Nutella [or your choice of chocolate-hazelnut spread]

For the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat your cream cheese until it is smooth. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Add in your eggs and vanilla extract. Do not over beat the mixture, just beat it until your mixture is smooth.
  2. In another bowl, separate about 1 and 1/2 cups of the cream cheese mixture. Add in the Nutella to the smaller batch and mix it.
  3. On top of your [baked and completely cooled] crust, pour about half of the yellow cheesecake batter.
  4. Next, pour about half of the chocolate hazelnut batter on top of the yellow batter. Repeat the layers. Originally, I planned on swirling the batter from the top to give it a marble cake look, but when I poured the final chocolate hazelnut batter on top… it looked so pretty as is that I left it as it was.
  5. Place cheesecake in the center of the middle oven rack [in the preheated 300 degree oven]. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until edges are light brown and center is almost set.
  6. At this point, I turned my oven off, but left my cheesecake in the oven, with the door open for about 30 minutes so the center could completely set. At that point, I removed the cheesecake from the oven to let it cool. The hardest part.

Apparently you are supposed to let cheesecakes cool in the fridge for about 12-24 hours before you cut into it. Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. Does about an hour sound okay? Because that’s how long I lasted 🙂

Oh well, it will just be that much better tomorrow.

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20 responses to “What’s for Dinner: Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Cheesecake”

  1. A to Zebra Celebrations says :

    Ohhh yum!! cheesecake is my weakness! first time visitor and I invite you to my party every week- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/04/tuesday-link-party-5.html<br />Nancy

  2. Rhonda says :

    Wow, this one sounds great. I hope I have an occasion to give it a try soon.<br /><br />Rhonda @<a href="http://www.laugh-quotes.com&quot; rel="nofollow">Laugh-Quotes.com</a><br />

  3. Summaiyah Hyder says :

    Thank you! I recommend trying it out – easy to make and it&#39;s delicious!

  4. Crystelle Boutique says :

    Hazelnuts? Cheesecake…???? I will be over in 30 minutes!1 I need directions, though!! hahaha!!<br />Love your recipe… :)<br /><br />hugs x<br />Crystelle

  5. The Better Baker says :

    OH.MY.GOODNESS! My mouth is watering. I just LOVE any kind of cheesecake…and nutella too. What a perfect flavor combo this lovely dessert is. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We&#39;d love for you to link back on your post. Enjoy a relaxing weekend.

  6. Shannon {Cozy Country Living} says :

    Oh my goodness- this sounds wonderful! I am going to have to try this for all of the hazelnut lovers in my family:)

  7. Summaiyah Hyder says :

    Crystelle, The Better Baker, and Shannon – thanks! the combination is amazing! I love the crunchy hazelnut base with the melt in your mouth cheesecake part!

  8. anyonita green says :

    Mmmmmm my husband would love this! I&#39;ve pinned it to my &quot;Let them eat cake&quot; board. And I followed you here from The Mandatory Mooch&#39;s link party. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by &amp; link up some of your recipes! Here&#39;s the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/

  9. Margo says :

    It looks delicious, I&#39;ve had a springform pan for years but have been too intimidated to use it!

  10. Kat says :

    That looks and sounds so delicious. I am a new follower.

  11. Summaiyah Hyder says :

    Anyonita: thank you!<br /><br />Margo: thank you! Use the springform pan! I actually prefer them for baking regular cakes as well because taking them out of the pan is so much easier!<br /><br />and Kat: thank you!

  12. Donna McMorrow says :

    You had me at cheesecake and then again at chocolate!

  13. Summaiyah Hyder says :

    Donna, definitely try it out! It&#39;s easy to make… and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

  14. Jackie Kocurek says :

    I love the idea of incorporating the hazelnuts into the crust. Thanks for linking up at the Tried and True Party! http://rediscovermom.blogspot.com/2013/05/tried-and-true-recipes-11.html

  15. Rachel Willis says :

    Totally all over this! Cheesecake is one of my downfalls! Totally pinned and featured at Wicked Good Wednesdays this week. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Emily Thompson says :

    yep, that looks truly amazing. Mail me a slice! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! Emily @ <a href="http://www.nap-timecreations.com&quot; rel="nofollow">Nap-Time Creations</a>

  17. Summaiyah Hyder says :

    Jackie- thanks! I loved the crunch in the crust.<br />Rachel- Hope you enjoy! It was delicious (and a crowd pleaser).<br />Emily – thank you! If I could, I would! 🙂

  18. Charlene@APinchofJoy says :

    OOOh sounds delicious and I love the idea of hazelnuts in the crust! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  19. Heather SettingforFour says :

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at Project Inspire{d} linky party last week!! Hope to see you at this week&#39;s party up now : http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/05/project-inspired-linky-party-no.html Pinned your post to our group linky party board! Heather

  20. Jerri Rivers says :

    This looks yummy! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I&#39;m featuring you this week!

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