Slow-Cooker Chocolate Marble Cheesecake
Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake
Grace Parisi / TODAY
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Rating:
3.8 (10 rated)
Cook time:
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Yield:
One 6-inch cheesecake
Servings:
6

The beauty of using a slow cooker to make cheesecake is the steady, moist heat. Allowing the cheesecake to sit in the slow cooker for an hour after it’s cooked (not on the “keep warm” setting, but off completely) ensures a gradual cooling which keeps the top from cracking. Don’t let the size fool you—this little gem is rich beyond rich and can easily serve 6 people. And don’t be tempted to use reduced or fat–free cream cheese—it won’t cook properly and the texture won’t be nearly as silky and luscious. Before starting, make sure your spring-form pan fits into your slow cooker. Some pans have a 1-inch lip and will only fit into round slow cookers. The cheesecake can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. 

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Ingredients

    • 2/3 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
    • 2 8-ounce blocks full-fat cream cheese, softened
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt or sour cream
    • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) chocolate chips, melted and cooled

Preparation

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Place a coil of loosely crumpled aluminum foil in the bottom of the slow cooker Grace Parisi / TODAY

1. Tear a 2-foot length of aluminum foil and loosely crumple it into a long snake. Coil the snake and set it in the slow–cooker. This will elevate the cheesecake above the water. Add a 1/2-inch of water.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Press the cookie crumbs mixture into the sides of a spring-form pan Grace Parisi / TODAY

2. Spray a 6-inch spring-form pan with vegetable spray. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and press it into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the pan.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Combine the eggs, one at a time to the cream cheese mixture Grace Parisi / TODAY

3. In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and process until smooth. Add the yogurt and process until smooth.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Transfer 1 cup of the batter to a bowl and stir in the melted chocolate Grace Parisi / TODAY

5. Transfer 1 cup of the batter to a bowl and stir in the melted chocolate.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Pour half of the vanilla batter into the pan and dollop half of the chocolate batter Grace Parisi / TODAY

6. Pour half of the vanilla batter into the pan and dollop half of the chocolate batter. Repeat with the remaining batters.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Using a table knife, make a few swirls through the batter to create a marble effect. Don't swirl too many times. Grace Parisi / TODAY

7. Using a table knife, make a few swirls through the batter to create a marble effect. Don't swirl too many times.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake: Set the pan into the slow cooker and cover with a large, clean kitchen towel (this prevents condensation from dripping onto the cake) Grace Parisi / TODAY

8. Set the pan into the slow cooker and cover with a large, clean kitchen towel (this prevents condensation from dripping onto the cake)

9. Cook on high for 2 hours, until the cheesecake reaches 155° to 165° on an instant read thermometer. Turn off the slow cooker and let sit, covered for 1 hour. Carefully transfer to a rack to cool, then refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Slow Cooker Marble Cheesecake Grace Parisi / TODAY

10. Carefully remove the ring and set the cake on a plate. Using a slightly moistened knife, cut into wedges, wiping the blade each time.

Grace Parisi is a New York City-based food writer, cookbook author and food stylist. Her book, Get Saucy, was nominated for a James Beard award. Her latest book, Quick Pickles comes out in Spring 2016. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.