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Espresso Cheesecake

An espresso cheesecake on a silver platter with two slices cut from it.
This espresso cheesecake is coffee squared. It has an espresso biscotti crust and is filled with a chocolate-espresso-cream-cheese filling. Elegant and sophisticated.
Geoffrey Zakarian

Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
Total 1 hr 30 mins
Dessert
American
8 servings

Equipment

  • 9-inch springform pan

Ingredients 

For the cookie crust

  • 12 to 18 espresso biscotti or chocolate biscotti (about 2/3 of an 8-ounce or 227 g package)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus more as needed

For the espresso cheesecake

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 

Make the cookie crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • In a food processor, grind the biscotti to crumbs, making enough to measure 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl and mix in the melted butter. Press the crust into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake until the crust is set, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C).

Make the espresso cheesecake

  • Meanwhile, set a metal bowl over a pan with about 1 inch simmering water so that the bottom of the bowl is above but not touching the water. Add the chocolate and heavy cream and let the chocolate melt. Stir in the espresso, remove from the heat, and let cool until just warm to the touch.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. (You seriously want there to be no lumps whatsoever.) Add the sugar and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sour cream and beat to combine. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat on high, scraping the bowl in between additions. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Add the vanilla and beat on high until perfectly smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

Bake the cheesecake

  • Pour the cream cheese mixture into the cooled crust. Bake until the cake is set (the very center will be just a little bit jiggly), 50 to 70 minutes. Cool completely and then refrigerate until chilled through before removing the side the pan and slicing. (You can refrigerate the cheesecake for up to 2 days.)