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Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe

Sharp coffee, sweet mascarpone cheese, chocolatey Oreo cookies, and tangy cream cheese are the stars of this lusciously smooth tiramisu cheesecake. Inspired by a classic Italian dessert, this rich, sweet, and comforting tiramisu cheesecake is a fun twist on some of your favorite flavors!

Slice of tiramisu cheesecake on a white plate.

Made with only 6 simple ingredients, this coffee-flavored cheesecake is easy to make and a delight to eat! Dark notes of coffee and chocolate make this cheesecake a flavorful and indulgent winter dessert. 

This Italian-inspired tiramisu cheesecake is always a big hit at dinner parties or potlucks. Naturally alcohol-free and easily made caffeine-free, this sweet and tangy dessert is one the whole family can enjoy! There’s something truly magical about coffee-flavored cheesecake layered on top of a crumbly Oreo cookie crust; I mean, is there any better flavor combination than coffee and chocolate?? 

Although this recipe is written to be a baked cheesecake, you can also use the same basic ingredients (give or take a few) to make a no-bake tiramisu cheesecake. This even easier version of this dessert requires no baking and is delightfully light and mousse-like. Whether you go the traditional or the no-bake route, this tiramisu cheesecake is a total crowd-pleaser! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Cream Cheese—the “cheese” in cheesecake, this rich spread adds a subtle tang to this sweet dessert.
  • Mascarpone Cheese—a key ingredient in traditional tiramisu, this Italian cheese has a naturally sweet flavor. 
  • Instant Coffee—a quick and easy way to add strong coffee flavor.
  • Eggs—act as a binding agent, helping your cheesecake batter to get thick and creamy.
  • Sugar—needed to balance out the other slightly bitter and tangy flavors. 
  • Oreos—are crushed and pressed into the bottom of a springform pan to create a chocolatey crust. 
Cream cheese, crushed Oreos, eggs, sugar, and instant coffee.
Tiramisu Cheesecake Ingredients

How to Make the Best Tiramisu Cheesecake

Begin making this rich and decadent coffee-flavored cheesecake by pressing your crushed Oreos into the bottom of a springform pan. Use the bottom of a glass to level out and compact your cookie crust. 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine your cream cheese and mascarpone. Use a hand mixer to whip air into your softened cheeses.

Cream cheese in a glass bowl.

Add your eggs and continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.

Whipped cream cheese and eggs in a bowl.

Finally, add your sugar and instant coffee and mix until you get a smooth and creamy cheesecake batter. 

Instant coffee and sugar on top of whipped cream cheese.

Pour your tiramisu cheesecake batter on top of your Oreo crust.

Unbaked cheesecake in a springform pan.

Place your springform pan onto a high-sided baking sheet and carefully pour one cup of warm water into the tray—this creates a water bath. Place this entire setup into a 350°F oven and bake for 50 minutes.

Baked tiramisu cheesecake in a springform pan.

Let the cheesecake cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before garnishing, serving, and enjoying! 

Tiramisu cheesecake topped with chocolate shavings and whipped cream.
Add chocolate shavings to all or part of the cheesecake for a special touch.

Recipe Variations

  • Make your coffee cheesecake caffeine-free by using decaf instant coffee or an instant coffee substitute like Pero or Teeccino instead of regular instant coffee. 
  • Get creative with your cheesecake crust. You could easily create a yummy crust out of ladyfingers, graham crackers, or shortbread cookies.
  • Make a no-bake tiramisu cheesecake by omitting the eggs, adding whipped heavy cream, and subbing powdered sugar for regular sugar. No baked cheesecakes are “set” in the fridge and will have a softer, mousse-like texture.

Why do I need to bake my cheesecake in a water bath?

Cheesecakes are notorious for being quite tedious to bake; they easily crack and can even curdle in a hot oven. When placed in the oven, a water bath (also known as a bain marie) will create a gentle steam allowing your delicate and smooth tiramisu cheesecake to bake without cracking.

Bite of tiramisu cheesecake on a fork.
Creamy tiramisu cheesecake!

This rich and flavorful tiramisu cheesecake makes for a fun dessert after lighter meals such as a dinner salad. I recommend serving your slices of cheesecake alongside cups of coffee or glasses of milk.

Slice of tiramisu cheesecake on a white plate.

Tiramisu Cheesecake

This rich, sweet and comforting tiramisu cheesecake is a fun twist on some of your favorite flavors! Inspired by the classic Italian dessert that combines coffee-soaked ladyfinger cookies with tangy cream cheese in an oozing layered cake — this delectable dish will leave you wanting more.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 613kcal

Equipment

  • 9" springform pan
  • 9 x 13 Baking Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Oreos crushed
  • 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¾ cup mascapone cheese at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup instant coffee
  • chocolate shaving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line the bottom of springform pan with crushed Oreos to form a crust. Press the cookie crumbs down with a glass to compact it.
  • Whip cream cheese and mascarpone cheese in a medium size bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add eggs and mix until eggs are fully incorporated throughout the mixture.
  • Add sugar and instant coffee to the cream cheese mixture and mix slowly until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture into the springform pan and place it on a 9 x 13 baking pan. Fill the baking pan with about 1/2 inch – 1 inch of hot water. 
  • Bake the cheesecake for 50 minutes or until the middle of the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool for half an hour. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until fully set.
  • Garnish cooled cheesecake with chocolate shavings.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimation.
Tip:  Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminium foil to help prevent water from leaking into the pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1129IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 4mg
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