White Chocolate Cheesecake

Although this looks like a traditional cheesecake, it’s sweeter and richer, thanks to lots of white chocolate.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 3 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 12


  • 1 1⁄2 cups vanilla cookie crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 12 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1⁄4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shaved white chocolate


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F. Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of your oven to help keep the cheesecake moist while baking. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, not simmering, water, stirring continuously. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Cream together the cream cheese, cream, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla, using an electric mixer on a medium speed, until fluffy. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Adjust your mixer to a medium-high speed and beat for 1 more minute. Fold in the melted chocolate.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake on the center rack (over the pan of water) for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F and bake for 1 more hour. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 1 more hour. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack. Before serving, top with shaved chocolate.