Canter's chocolate cheesecake

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8
Canter’s chocolate cheesecake
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Graham cracker crust


In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the butter until fully incorporated. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 8-inch square baking dish.

Cheesecake filling and final assembly


Heat the oven to 300 degrees.


In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is soft and fluffy. Beat in the sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until fully combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then fold in the sour cream until blended. This makes about 3 1/2 cups filling.


Pour the mixture over the pressed graham cracker crust in the dish, and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Bake the cheesecake until it is set and jiggles slightly when tapped (as with gelatin), about 45 to 55 minutes. Turn off the oven, leaving the cheesecake in the oven to cool. Remove the cooled cake and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Adapted from Grace Bauer’s “Los Angeles Classic Desserts.” The recipe works best with mini chocolate chips, though standard-size chocolate chips can be substituted.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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