Give this layered dessert coffeehouse flair by serving each piece with a swirl of sweetened whipped cream on top. Use a small sieve to evenly dust the top of the cheesecake with cocoa powder.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Brie Passano

Recipe Summary

30 mins
7 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For crust, in a medium bowl, stir together crushed cookies and melted butter. Press cookie mixture onto bottom and about 2 inches up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Chill crust until needed.

  • In a small saucepan, combine chocolate, the water and the espresso coffee powder. Cook and stir over low until chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in coffee liqueur; cool.

  • Preheat oven to 350°. For filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Beat in sugar, flour and vanilla. Stir in eggs. Reserve 2 cups of the filling; cover and chill until 10 minutes before needed.

  • Stir cooled chocolate mixture into the remaining filling, stirring just until combined. Pour chocolate filling into crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan.

  • Bake until edge is set (center will be soft-set), about 25 minutes. Carefully pour reserved filling in a ring around the outside edge of the chocolate mixture (where chocolate mixture is set). Gently spread evenly over entire surface. Bake until center appears nearly set when pan is gently shaken, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen crust from sides of pan; cool 30 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. If desired, dust with cocoa powder.


Chocolate wafer cookies are just that—wafers that are flat, crisp and have no cream filling. Look for packages in the cookie aisle, and if you don't find them there, check the baking aisle.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; fat 29g; cholesterol 146mg; saturated fat 17g; carbohydrates 35g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 25g; protein 8g; sodium 333mg.