Friday, September 20, 2013

Prism’s Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Prism Book Group’s 3rd Birthday Blog Hop.  We’ll be celebrating from Friday, September 20 – Monday, September 23 with chances to win great prizes including a $100 gift card to the winner’s choice of Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Here on my blog I’m sharing one of my favorite no-fail recipes, and from all the comments left through Monday, September 23, one randomly selected participant will receive an ebook of my latest action/adventure novel, Shrouded In Secrets (format of recipient’s choice. Must leave an email address to be contacted). So without further ado, let’s have some cake and celebrate! 

My love affair with cheesecake probably began from the moment I started eating solid food as a baby and was given my first bite of my grandma’s cheesecake. This was the real thing – hand crushed and pressed graham cracker crust, baked filling, baked sour cream top layer, and absolutely no fruit topping, that would have been sacrilegious. We all loved this delicacy so much that it didn’t matter that it wasn’t your traditional birthday cake it was still the celebratory dessert of choice.  

With that said, I’m not posting the recipe. That’s a family secret. But, grandma’s cheesecake launched a lifetime of exploring more creative versions such as Grasshopper, Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Turtle. Here’s a version I make often since it’s practically “no-fail” and I love chocolate anything. 


Crust: crush 1 package of graham crackers (I believe there are about 8-10 crackers in each package). Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and ¾ cube of melted butter or margarine. Press the mixture into the bottom of a cheesecake pan (these pans have a round flat bottom and a spring loaded band that can be removed after cooking).  

Filling: beat 2 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese (works best if softened), ¾ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of baking cocoa, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2 eggs until smooth.  

Bake: Pour filling over the graham cracker crust and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Baking times vary with oven, so make sure the center is set, but not overdone. Refrigerate. I think it’s best to it make the night before needed and refrigerate overnight. 

Enjoy! Please leave your comment on my blog for a chance at an ebook of Shrouded in Secrets.  Make sure to enter for a chance at the $100 gift card via the Rafflecopter, and then hop along to the next blog for more wonderful recipes and goodies. Check back next Wednesday for a bonus cheesecake recipe and to see who received a copy of Shrouded In Secrets.


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  1. I make a cheesecake similar to how you describe your grandmother's. Have never thought to experiment with different flavors.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  2. Sounds tasty

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. oh my gosh - going to get out the pan NOW!

  4. Tanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds really delicious.
    I love this type of hop since i get introduced to a lot of good authors books and recipes.

  5. I love cheese cake. Thanks. Deb P

  6. I have a recipe like your family one that I used to make when I was young and could afford the calories. This chocolate one sounds yummy.

  7. If this recipe is as good as Kim's books - YUM!

  8. I'm with LInda Carroll-Bradd...this sounds delicious but the calories? Is there anyway to remove them?

  9. Hi Kim. Thanks for the tip about the blog hop. Happy birthday to your publisher, and best wishes for your writing success.

  10. I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of cheesecake...but add chocolate and I will follow! Recipe sounds good.

  11. Wow love cheese cake and to kick it up a bit making Chocolate Cheesecake! Oh My Yummy Stars ;) Well I copied this treat down and thank you for sharing it with us, as well as for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  12. I'm not a big chocolate fan but this cheesecake sounds great.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  13. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. I have never had the courage to make one on my own, but i'm willing to try this. Thanks for the post.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  14. Cheese cake recipe sounds great. Thanks for the recipe.