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Layered Mocha Cheesecake Recipe
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Layered Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

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In my search for the perfect mocha cheesecake, I ended up combining a few of my favorite recipes to create this delicious version. It’s as much a feast for the eyes as for the palate! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 535 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of prepared pan. In another bowl, mix the coffee granules, hot water and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  4. Divide batter in half. Stir melted chocolate into one portion; pour over crust. Stir coffee mixture into the remaining batter; spoon over chocolate layer. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  5. Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove rim from pan. For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake. Top with coffee beans if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Layered Mocha Cheesecake in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 535 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"Tastes as good as it looks. Very rich. I will make it again."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"Looks so delicious. I just have a question. After the cheesecake has been refrigerated , should the glaze be cooled before spooning onto cheesecake. Thanks very much. Haven't tried it yet but I will rate in on appearance."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"I have made this cheesecake MANY times, this is one that my boss has asked for multiple times, and I always make it for his birthday. Its VERY rich, so a small slice is perfect, so it serves a nice size crowd. one of my absolute favorite cheesecakes of all time! I always add a little extra coffee or use instant espresso as it gives it a richer coffee flavor. Also, dark chocolate instead of semi sweet. YUM!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015

"I have a question. Could I substitute egg beaters for the whole eggs and how about a low fat version of the cream cheese. I done lots of cheesecakes, but this one looks elegant. I love the chocolate dipped coffee bean addition. I've used them for several cakes before. I had to add a rating to be able to submit. Since I haven't baked it yet, I rated the appearance :)"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"To Steph: Try coconut flour--1/4 cp-same as recipe and add an extra egg -(to the 4 eggs) This should do the job!"

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