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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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    • Erin
      Dec 6, 2020

      My second review because I forgot to mention, this cake tasted so much better the next day. 24 hrs in the fridge really improved it!!

    • tammy
      Oct 5, 2018

      its a great recipe

    • Steph
      Jul 18, 2018

      Way too dry for us....I would increase the "brushing" of wafers x2 and reduce bake time by 10 minutes at least.....flavor ok but NOT like it should be due to how dry the whole thing was. The wafers are drier than lady fingers would be so may be that is the problem

    • Elaine
      Jul 16, 2018

      The ladyfinger people are thinking of the traditional way of making tiramisu, but I think the vanilla wafers are a good idea since I can't find ladyfingers until around fall time of the year. I think this would be quite delicious but altogether too rich. I made something like it by using ladyfingers dipped in strong perked coffee and an ounce of coffee liqueur, and layered white chocolate diet pudding mixed with cream cheese and Cool whip. Make up the pudding with whole milk (or low fat) then beat the cream cheese and Cool Whip together until you like the texture and add the pudding. It was delicious and nobody knew it was a slimmed down version. I will try the vanilla wafers though.

    • Liz
      Jul 15, 2018

      The recipe doesn't call for ladyfingers, why are so many reviewers talking about making the recipe with ladyfingers?

    • Gennamc
      Apr 29, 2018

      For those complaining about the texture, please go back and read the title of the recipe. It is not purported to be tiramisu. It is a cheesecake (which would be dense in texture) with the flavors of a tiramisu.

    • Ruth
      Feb 19, 2018

      Could not find any Lady fingers at several stores - so thought I would give this a try. I did add 1/4 cup heavy cream based on other comments about the texture and more coffee over the wafers. While I think the dessert turned out fine.. I would not present this as “tiramisu” to my dinner guests. Well the “Coffee Cream Cheese Squares” were enjoyed by all and I have changed my rating to a 4.Thank you

    • grannyq
      Jan 27, 2018

      I thought it was very dense. I won't make this again.

    • Poupchik
      Oct 4, 2017

      Can't believe how yummy it was. Never heard of tiramisu before, now I made and share often ..... Thanks Christie! Meant 5 stars.

    • DS2006
      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.