Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert Recipe
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Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 536 calories, 37g fat (21g saturated fat), 171mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


  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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Try using hot chocolate or strongly brewed chai tea (or chai tea concentrate) in place of the coffee.
  • Spice things up by adding 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the baking cocoa.
  • Originally published as Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p41

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    DS2006 User ID: 3431226 258572
    Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

    "Blech! I LOVE tiramisu but have trouble with the raw eggs, so I thought this would be a great choice. NO it was not! Hardly any coffee flavor at all, like eating baked cream cheese. Even my husband had half a piece and pushed back, saying it was too rich, too dense, and not sweet enough. I threw out the rest."

    No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 257321
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

    "Good, but not great. Some combination just wasn't quite right for me. I think next time, I need to stick to a more traditional Tiramisu."

    Cook38 User ID: 1584232 255071
    Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

    "Has anyone tried this recipe with reduced-fat Cream Cheese? Or at least a mix of regular and reduced-fat? I know the real thing all the way is best, but gosh, so much fat/saturated fat. Just curious how it turned out as there's no note not recommending it."

    foxyhottcakes User ID: 8321657 249131
    Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

    "I agree with previous reviewers who didn't give this many stars: the texture is incredibly dense. I think one layer of cookies would be plenty. I understand that because it is a cheesecake, it would be a little more dense, but it was too much. The flavor was good, but because I'm such a coffee lover I guess, I could tell that it was instant coffee and I didn't care for that. I'd make this again, but I'd omit one layer of cookies, and make some strong coffee for the flavoring instead. Also, I used about 2 cups of whipped topping; I don't think 1 cup is enough."

    1914skin User ID: 8300958 247011
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

    Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 234018
    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."

    sarahjo83 User ID: 4236789 232402
    Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

    "No explanation needed. OMG."

    redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 231342
    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!!!"

    MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 230317
    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."

    angela32 User ID: 3084463 230091
    Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

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

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