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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

serves 8

Chilling Time: 1 hr

Cooking Time: 35 min

What You'll Need:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, well drained, divided
1/2 cup (3-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating until thoroughly combined.

3. Set aside 8 cherries for garnish, then coarsely chop rest. Add chopped cherries and chocolate chips to cream cheese mixture; mix well, then pour into pie crust.

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is firm. Chill 1 hour, then spread on whipped topping and sprinkle with cocoa. Garnish with remaining cherries. Cover loosely and chill until ready to serve.

Note:
Feel free to substitute 2 cups fresh whipped cream in place of the whipped topping.

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