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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.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

    Tweetybird924 User ID: 8127989 228511
    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."

    wingenrothj User ID: 825819 228348
    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!!!"

    MY REVIEW User ID: 3287370 228175
    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."

    Cazza31 User ID: 8310665 228171
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

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

    CherishTheseDays User ID: 1736516 228140
    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!"

    BooshaInTexas User ID: 3100614 227241
    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!"

    Nessa.03 User ID: 7651380 141885
    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."

    eidroj User ID: 5839107 179514
    Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

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

    dminkus User ID: 6010427 107410
    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."

    asheja2003 User ID: 6350899 105681
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

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

    aprilprice7 User ID: 5124855 89720
    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!"

    ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 105581
    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."

    chef22 User ID: 4206214 158185
    Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

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

    jmmeidinger User ID: 3488558 158181
    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!"

    DevilsAngel User ID: 4888724 160421
    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"

    caro1j User ID: 2613290 89708
    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!"

    3434242424 User ID: 961507 210048
    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."

    simone34 User ID: 3504720 141884
    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!!!"

    elaswell0607 User ID: 3360258 89707
    Reviewed Sep. 8, 2008

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

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