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Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

I love cheesecake and my husband loves chocolate, so this is a favorite dessert of ours. The rhubarb adds a tartness that complements the sweet flavors so well.—Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • In a large saucepan, bring rhubarb, 1/3 cup sugar and orange juice to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened and rhubarb is tender. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in the sour cream, white chocolate, cornstarch, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined.
  • Pour half of the filling into crust. Top with half of the rhubarb sauce; cut through batter with a knife to gently swirl rhubarb. Layer with remaining filling and rhubarb sauce; cut through top layers with a knife to gently swirl rhubarb.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Cover and chill overnight. Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor's Note
If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 264 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Dave F
    Feb 15, 2020

    Out of this world. Served this for a Valentine dinner dessert with strawberry cupcakes for 12people. This was the first to go and guests requested seconds. Amazing. A must have cheesecake. I used Frozen Rhubarb.

  • shortbreadlover
    May 13, 2018

    i love this recipe. i look forward to when rhubarb is in season so i can make this cheese cake. the flavor is so yummy

  • rjbeery75
    Feb 8, 2018

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  • keech
    Sep 26, 2016

    I would like to thank everyone for all the great comments on my grand prize recipe for the rhubarb swirl cheesecake. I am thrilled that everyone has enjoyed it!

  • Lily380
    Apr 7, 2016

    This i s so good,it is almost sinful!!I I look forward to making this every Spring.My familys absolute favorite!!

  • Okeefepat
    Jun 19, 2015

    This is a great recipe. Never have I tried/used/or baked with rhubarb before but I was very pleased with the outcome. It was so pretty and the taste is very velvety and super tasty. Will definitely make again.

  • DrDoom77
    Jan 2, 2013

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  • watermelonmuffin
    Nov 13, 2012

    I used raspberries instead of rhubarb for the topping, and the cheesecake was excellent. I would definitely make it again!

  • NevadaRose
    Aug 15, 2012

    This is absolutely wonderful! The juxtaposition of tart rhubarb and the cheesecake is unexpected and this has a wonderful texture. I will definitely be making this a lot - it goes into my "keeper" file!

  • germanycook
    May 23, 2012

    Delicious! Only the 3rd baked cheesecake I've made, but it was so nice to have one actually turn out. I used a 10 inch springform pan and I'm glad because it baked so evenly and gave more servings. I found after a few days in the fridge, the leftovers tasted even better because the flavours had a chance to properly meld together. Also I've never cooked rhubarb before and this totally showed me how good it is. Awesome!