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Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe, with its luscious layers of cheesecake and coffee. It's one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 5 teaspoons instant coffee granules, divided
  • 3 tablespoons hot water, divided
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Layer half of the wafers in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons coffee granules in 2 tablespoons hot water; brush 1 tablespoon mixture over wafers.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Remove half of the filling to another bowl. Dissolve remaining coffee granules in remaining hot water; stir into one portion of filling. Spread over wafers.
  • 3. Layer remaining wafers over top; brush with remaining dissolved granules. Spread with remaining filling.
  • 4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from dish with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  • 5. To serve, spread with whipped topping. Dust with cocoa. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 536 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 171 mg cholesterol, 343 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Reviews for Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"The recipe is delicious however I used more ladyfingers than called for, which made it dry..... my fault."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"I made this for a family reunion this weekend and it is delicious. I amped up the coffee a bit in the recipe, but otherwise didn't change a thing. Loved the texture of the cheesecake filling."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"No explanation needed. OMG."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Lovely dessert, enjoyed by neighbors and company. I did dd vanilla to the batter and swirled in a little extra coffee on top. We have ONE piece left!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"I made this delicious dessert for my book club and they loved it. They even went back for seconds. It is easy to prepare. I used the instant coffee in sticks such as Via by Starbucks and Folgers and it worked perfectly. This is a great dish to take to a pot luck. I promise everyone will love it. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home.

Cazza, whipped topping is a frozen topping similar to whipped cream that is sold in tubs and in the U.S. is called Cool Whip. You thaw it before using it. You could use whipped cream instead."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"Made this tonight and it was great. I used regular strong coffee, instead of instant."

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"This was really good. The only thing I changed was to use real whipped cream from scratch. I stopped using frozen whip topping years ago, so any recipe that calls for it I just whip my own."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"I made this for my son's birthday- - I did not use the cool whip but just served it plain. It was a big hit!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"I've made this recipe several times and take it to potlucks and I always get rave reviews. It's excellent. Cazza31, I believe "whipped topping" means Cool Whip--artificial whipped cream. I do not use it. I whip heavy cream and add some sugar and use that instead."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"What do you mean by whipped topping, we don't know that expression in New Zealand. Thanks, Cazza"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"I have made this several times and enjoy it immensely every time. We don't keep instant coffee granules on hand, so I make it with espresso. I keep the cream cheese to coffee ratio the same for consistency's sake, but I usually put more espresso in the cookies since we like it for the coffee flavor. As far as the texture (as referred to in other comments), it doesn't have the same texture as cheesecake nor as tiramisu, but it's quite good anyway!"

Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"I have made this several times and it is always a hit. It also freezes well on the off chance you any left over!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"This is my family's favorite treat and even my 3 year old loves it. We love the coffee flavor and I even double the coffee amount. (Instant granules and water). It is great as is though."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"This recipe has become a fan favorite! It's so easy and yummy!"

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"this was fantastic! I added extra coffee to the cookies though I think about double the amounts, the cheesecake and coffee ratio i left the same."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Made this for Christmas dinner and it turned out great! Has a strong coffee taste, but I liked it!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I make this every year since i found it for xmas huge hit!! would definitely recommend this if your family loves cheese cake and coffee!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"While the cheesecake had a good flavor, I agree with the previous posting about the texture being less than agreeable. When making something "tiramisu" next time, I'll opt for a different recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"looks like it came from an expensive restaurant and taste like it too. Such an elegant and great tasting dessert."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"Great recipe! Made it for thanksgiving and it was a huge hit and making it for the second time for a church potluck. It's pretty rich and makes a lot so I only make it when there are a lot of people around to help eat it :) I tried adding just a little regular coffee instead of the strong cofee and both ways are good-my husband hates coffee so he likes it when I don't add the strong coffee but I like the coffee so I say tough! More for me!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"i love this recipe every thanksgiving my family requests this i love to use this recipes for holidays and special occasions it the best i have ever had"

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2009

"We definitely enjoyed this, and will make it again. However, the portion was quite large for just one family. For a large gathering, this recipe works as is. For our family alone, we will make it half size in an 8x8 pan next time. It's very rich!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"I made this yesterday for a Superbowl party. Hugely disappointed. Good flavor, VERY heavy and dense texture. Most friends at the party didn't care for the texture. Not a repeater for me."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2008

"I have made this several times and it is awesome! An easier way to make cheesecake, no water bath, less cooking time. Everyone loves this!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2008

"This sounds so good! I really want to try this!"

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