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This Cookie Butter Cheesecake transforms a classic cheesecake into the most delicious dessert with a speculoos cookie crust and cookie butter swirl.

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I kind of nailed this one out of the park. I’m not too modest to admit that. I nailed it.

Trader Joe\'s Speculoos cookies and speculous cookie butter

For me to explain how incredibly delicious this recipe is, you must have a solid understanding of what cookie butter is. If you know it, I’m sure you already love it and that makes me happy. If you’ve never heard of it, I’m willing to forgive you because I assume a) you can’t shop at Trader Joe’s because there’s not one within 50 miles of you or b) well, that pretty much covers it. Cookie butter, I’m pretty sure, is something the folks in the US are obsessed with, but they’re all about a European cookie.  Here’s a bit more information I found using my super smart friend, Google, in case you wanted to learn more about cookie butter.

four stages of cookie butter cheesecake

So, this recipe was a bit of an experiment. I started with my standard classic never fail cheesecake base which I use in every cheesecake recipe like this apple compote cheesecake, but I did a few things differently in order to crown it with the title of Cookie Butter Cheesecake. First off, instead of your traditional graham cracker + sugar + butter crust, I made the crust out of speculoos cookies and butter. I could have happily stopped right there and shoved my entire face in that bowl only to regret it when my jeans no longer fit the next week, but I held back. Then I made my traditional base but I folded some of the cookie butter into the mixture. It has the consistency of peanut butter so it mixed well. Then, I warmed some more up so it was pourable, spreadable, and swirlable and made that gorgeous design on top. Lovely, don’t you think?

a close up of a slice of cookie butter cheesecake

The result: an insanely perfect mouthwatering cheesecake. I brought it into work and everyone freaking loved it. There was enough for my husband to take over to his area (we work for the same company) and they inhaled it. In fact, one of his co-workers offered to pay me to make him an entire cheesecake.

cookie butter cheesecake on a plate

I thought about serving it with additional melted cookie butter drizzled over the top with some crushed cookies, but honestly it didn’t need it. The cheesecake was perfect as is.  Like I said – I nailed it. I hope you’re able to get your hands on some cookie butter so you can make it too!

A close up of a piece of cake, with cookie butter

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Prep45 minutes
Cook1 hour
Total1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
This Cookie Butter Cheesecake transforms a classic cheesecake into the most delicious dessert with a speculoos cookie crust and cookie butter swirl.



  • 7 ounces Speculous cookies I get mine at Trader Joe's
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted



  • 3/4 cup cookie butter
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To make the crust:

  • Line the bottom of a 9″ springform pan with parchment paper and secure the bottom.
  • Turn your cookies into fine crumbs in the food processor or by smashing in plastic freezer bag.
  • Combine crumbs with melted butter in medium sized bowl and then flatten on the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Set aside.

To make the cheesecake filling:

  • In a stand mixer bowl, beat cream cheese on medium high speed with the paddle attachment until completely smooth and fluffy, scraping occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the sugars and 1/4 cup of the cookie butter to the cream cheese. Cream mixture until well combined. Scrape again.
  • In a separate bowl mix cornstarch, salt, vanilla extract, heavy cream and lemon juice. Stir very well to get any and all cornstarch lumps out. Combine well with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Add whole eggs one at a time. Mix until combined. Scrape again.
  • Pour cheesecake batter onto crust in springform pan. Allow at least 1/2″ of room at the top for the cheesecake to expand while cooking, so you may end up with a bit of excess batter.
  • Heat 3/4 cup cookie butter just until melted, about 40 seconds in the microwave. Pour onto filling and use a knife to swirl.

To bake the cheesecake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • You may want to line the bottom rack with foil just in case any butter from the crust seeps out while baking to keep your oven clean.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 275 degrees F and bake and additional 70-80 minutes until center jiggles but edges are set. Turn oven heat off, crack oven door, and allow cheesecake to finish cooking in turned off oven.
  • Chill overnight before removing from springform pan.


Calories: 602kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 393mg, Potassium: 131mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 1205IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I made it as written the first time but have baked it several times since with two adjustments. First, I do add a little extra cookie butter to the batter because you can never have enough of that and then secondly I really like to top it with a whipped cookie butter cream. So I basically just make homemade whipped cream and add cookie butter to it and then pipe it on. For me, the cookie butter whipped cream is what really pushes it over the top.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is simply amazing! I made it 3 times in 2016 when I discovered it. It was easy to bake, turned out gorgeous and was a complete hit every time I served it. Then my newborn daughter was diagnosed with milk protein allergy and we just moved on to other desserts. Still, i missed his recipe. My daughter was just cleared by her allergologist so guess what we baked first? And the best part is that my daughter loves this cake just as much as the rest of the family does!!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, this is my third year in a row making it for Christmas. It’s always a hit wherever I take it. Thank you!

  4. 4 stars
    What purpose does 1) the cornstarch serve (I’ve never had to add that to any other cheesecake recipe) and 2) open oven door (I was taught to not open oven until completely cooked to avoid cracking). The consistency is a bit odd (not super dense like I prefer) but it was a hit at my office thanksgiving lunch today.

    1. Hi Sylvia, I used this base recipe with the cornstarch and the oven opening from a friend who owns a bakery and competed on the Food Network. Funny thing is I thought those two steps were weird, too, but never questioned them because her desserts always turned out so amazing. Yes – this recipe is definitely not as dense as a traditional NY cheesecake, but I’m glad everyone enjoyed it!

  5. Hi Krissy,
    I was wondering do you bake the crust at all before putting the filling in the pan? Mine and my husband’s heritage is from Friesland and I had this idea to incorporate Speculaas into a cheesecake but I wasn’t sure how much to use… then I found your recipe and I’m thrilled… I plan on making it for Thanksgiving along with a pumpkin cheesecake (any suggestions for the pumpkin cheesecake?).
    Thank You and Have a Great Weekend,

    1. Hi Sheery! I don’t parbake the crust for this one. In fact, I have to show major restraint not to just eat it before adding the filling! I just so happen to have a pumpkin cheesecake recipe: I cut into it for the photos when it wasn’t completely chilled (but it was perfectly baked). If you make that recipe, just make sure you allow enough time (ie over night is best) to let it chill and set before cutting). Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. 5 stars
    This is an AMAZING recipe – you’re right, you completely nailed it. I’m In Australia so I had to buy my cookie butter online (and you can guess how much the shipping was!?!) but it was worth every cent. Thank you for a cheesecake recipe that has brought the house down! Now I plan to try your other recipes……

  7. Hi! Do you think this can be made successfully in a 10 inch springform? I’m thinking this looks perfect for my birthday gathering!

  8. I made this today. Maybe I over-aerated it, but it overflowed and not just a little. It’s doing the cracked ddoor thing now, so I’ll know how it tastes tomorrow, but it was way too much filling it seems. Probably need 1/2″ clearance. No, it’s not my first time with cheesecake, so I fully expected the poof, then the settling, but there are chunks of cheesecake on my oven floor…

    1. Oh no! I’ll update the recipe to say that you need clearance at the top. I hope it ended up working out for you? -Krissy

      1. Deena, I also updated the recipe to include that I used a 9″ springform pan. Wondering if you used an 8″?