Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate orange cheesecake. Photo courtesy of Lake Effect Kitchen

The team at Lake Effect Kitchen invites you to enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Orange Cheesecake.

Terry Ellison

Under the leadership of Chef Terry Ellison, Lake Effect Kitchen in Grand Haven provides meal prep and catering services while creating integrated employment opportunities and competitive wages for people with disabilities. The workplace provides an inclusive setting, where disabled and non-disabled employees work side by side as peers.

12 ounces Oreo cookies
24 ounces cream cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 ounces Triple Sec orange flavored liqueur
1 Tablespoon orange zest
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1
In a food processor, blend the Oreo cookies into crumbles. Coat a 10” springform pan with baking spray or softened butter. Pack crumbs into the bottom of the pan.

Step 2
Heat the cream in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

Step 3
In the food processor, blend the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, Triple Sec, orange zest and salt. When blended, add the cream/chocolate mixture and blend until smooth.

Step 4
Pour batter into springform pan. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is set (does not move when slightly shaken). Refrigerate for 3 hours.

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