Even if you’ve never stepped foot inside a Cheesecake Factory, you know the chain likely excels at one thing: cheesecake. Fortunately for all you cheesecake-obsessed readers, so does Delish. Our friends have dreamed up the one cheesecake recipe you should probably start making immediately for any special occasion you can think of: birthday, graduation (find someone who’s graduating, dammit!), Easter, any random cheat day when you find yourself craving cheesecake. Here’s what makes it so special:
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It’s studded with chocolate chips.
The luxuriously creamy filling has the perfect allotment of mini chocolate chips, thanks to their method for mixing them into the batter: You layer them. First you pour 1/3 of the batter into the crust, then 1/3 mini chips, and repeat until it’s full. This helps the chips not sink to the bottom.
Scoot over graham cracker crust, this one is COOKIE DOUGH. Grab a log of Pillsbury and pat it down into your springform before pouring in the cheesecake filling; no pre-baking required.
Yup, small rounds of more cookie dough are inside so you get the perfect ratio of cheesecake to cookie dough in every bite.
This was a genius game-time decision made by Delish’s site director. Because they needed another way to make the cheesecake even more over-the-top (in a good way).
Because we all sneak more raw cookie dough while baking than we like to admit — even though we know we shouldn’t — Delish made a cookie dough frosting that gets topped all over the cheesecake and it’s KILLER. You combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and a little flour (if this too weird for you to eat raw flour, skip!) and blend that together until’s creamy. (We were all pretty happy just eating this straight off a spoon.)
Ready to make it? Set aside the next 36 hours — KIDDING! But from-scratch cheesecakes do seem to take forever. Trust us on this one: It’s worth it.