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Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe with its luscious layers of cheesecake. 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

Ingredients

  • 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 sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa

Directions

  • 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. Set remaining mixture aside.
  • 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 the remaining 3 teaspoons coffee granules in the remaining 1 tablespoon hot water; stir into 1 portion of filling. Spread over wafers.
  • Layer remaining wafers over top; brush with reserved coffee mixture. Spread with remaining filling.
  • 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.
  • To serve, spread with whipped topping. Dust with cocoa.

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