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Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

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This Crème Brûlée Cheesecake is a delicious marriage of two of my favorite desserts: vanilla, mascarpone cheesecake, and dreamy sugar-crusted crème brûlée. Homemade cheesecake is always a hit with my family, and this one was no exception!

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake on a white plate garnished with fruit

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

My youngest started college and my oldest moved to his own place. Katie doesn’t seem to be suffering too much with both her brothers out of the house. In fact, she was delighted that more of her dinner requests and desserts would be honored. I’d been wanting to combine two of her favorite sweets for years, cheesecake and crème brûlée.

A quick Google search brought me to a Fine Cooking recipe for this Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, which I tweaked slightly and divided to make a half batch. Please pop over and visit my sweet friend, Emily, from Life on Food to see my hints for making this exquisite dessert.

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake on a white dessert plate with figs and a red raspberry

Tips for Making Cheesecake

Hubby Bill, the self-proclaimed chocoholic, loved these mini Crème Brûlée Cheesecakes.  They were perfectly smooth and creamy and the crunch of the crisp, caramelized sugar was the perfect textural contrast.

I left one “un-brûléed” for Katie and, of course, she loved having her own cheesecake! I punched up the vanilla flavor by using vanilla bean paste as my creme brulee always has specks of vanilla seeds, so I wanted this cheesecake to as well. You can easily substitute vanilla extract.

If mascarpone cheese is hard to come by, a quick google search shows how to make your own using 1/4 cup whipping cream, 8 ounces of cream cheese and 2 1/2 tablespoons of sour cream. Now on to the process:

Putting my highly honed geometry skills to work, I figured that my two deep 5-inch springform pans would hold the approximately 5 cups of batter. Nah, I just took a measuring cup to check their volumes. Much easier than dealing with ╥, as I much prefer pie to pi.

If you’d like to make a full 9-inch cheesecake, just double this recipe. Over the years (remember I am practically old enough to be Emily’s mom), I have found a few tricks when it comes to making cheesecake.

  • Have eggs, cream cheese and mascarpone (or sour cream if using that) at room temperature to ensure a smooth batter
  • Use the paddle attachment if using a stand mixer to prevent excess air from being incorporated into the batter.
  • Do not overbeat the eggs. Just mix until incorporated.
  • Bake in a water bath (bain-marie) for even cooking and to prevent cracking
  • Remove the cheesecake when the middle is just slightly jiggly when lightly tapped…timing differs depending on your oven and pan size.

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake topped with a fanned strawberry

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Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

A lovely cheesecake made to mimic the terrific flavors of creme brulee!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Yield 6 servings


For Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

For Cheesecake:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese (1 1/2 packages), at room temperature
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste (may substitute vanilla extract)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter till well combined. Pat half onto the bottom and about halfway up the sides of each of two 5 x 2 1/2 inch round spring form pans. Or use whatever smaller spring form pans you have which could hold 5 cups of batter. Bake for 5-7 minutes till crust slightly darkens. Remove to rack and cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300º.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat cream cheese, mascarpone, flour and salt until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and continue mixing till smooth then add and mix in vanilla paste. Add eggs one at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Divide batter between the 2 spring form pans.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes or till most of the cheesecake is set and only the middle is slightly jiggly when the pan is tapped. Remove to rack and cool completely. Place in refrigerator and chill at least 8 hours. Carefully remove sides of springform pans, then use a spatula to release cheesecakes from the bottom of the pans onto serving plates.
  5. To serve, sprinkle each with a scant 1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar and use a kitchen torch to melt the sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g


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61 comments on “Crème Brûlée Cheesecake”

  1. Those are some gorgeous creme brulees!

  2. Tough opening loss for our Colts Liz, but it must have been worse at your house with the Packers loss. Though this cheesecake probably has the necessary “healing” powers. 😉

  3. Woohoo.. good for Katie. A girl deserves to be spoiled a little. 🙂 Love the idea of a cheesecake brulee… it looks amazing too. 🙂

  4. Oh, I love it 🙂

  5. Great for Katie! love this cheesecake brulee buttery tasting I am sure!

  6. OMG creme brulee + cheesecake…what a perfect combination!!
    Have a nice week

  7. I love creme brulee cheesecake! All that crackly, caramelized sugar on top of creamy cheesecake is heaven! Fantastic guest post!

  8. Ooh…Katie’s got some good taste in desserts! 🙂 Heading over to your guest post now…

  9. Oh yum, I know if it is a recipe from you it will be delicious! Lucky daughter you have there, and I hope she knows it. I would weigh 400lbs if I lived with you, lol. I am about to e-mail you shortly with a most unusual request 🙂

  10. A creme Brulee cheese cake? How did u get that idea, its a whole new thing, I believe. Sounds like I ought to make it for myself to see. =D

    Thanks for sharing Liz, hope u enjoyed your weekend! 😉

  11. Gosh, this looks so good. Even for someone who don’t fancy desserts, I am drooling.

  12. I love cheesecake

  13. Creme Brulee + Cheesecake? How can anyone resist this??

  14. You had me at creme brulee! Katie has great taste 🙂

  15. Amazing recipe sound perfect combination,Love it 🙂

  16. Gorgeous cheesecake!! I love the creme brulee here :).

  17. I’m speechless. I read the title and the only word that came to me was, OMG and WOW. WOW!

  18. Yes! Perfect combo. Can’t wait to taste this.

  19. You know you are officially the best mom ever! What a heck of a combo. Absolutely love it. 🙂

  20. Katie’s such a lucky bug–the only thing I get when I visit my parents and my brother is out of the house is less food. (Only kidding–we do eat less than when he’s not around though! And there’s usually a lot more tofu/veggies.) Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe though!

  21. This looks delightful!

  22. Thanks Liz! Having to look at these photos this morning was a great way to start my birthday. My dad called…he wanted a piece.

  23. This is so brilliant!

  24. Really nice treat to spoil someone you love 🙂

  25. I love creme brulee and cheese cake, I am getting both in this. How can I say no?

  26. Katie is getting her due and in a fantastic way…what an impressive dessert!

  27. Oh dear, how I envy Katie!
    It sounds incredible and now I’m craving cheesecake and creme brulee and creme brulee cheesecake…
    I guess I’ll need that torch sooner than I expected 😉

  28. You’re such a good mom. I hope she loved the dessert!

  29. Love this decadent combination of two favorite desserts- yes, it’s true you are a great mom;-)

  30. OMG…I just wish to have a piece of the cheesecake now especially the topping.***drooling badly***

  31. Okay, I love love this flavor combination! It sounds, AND looks amazing! Hugs, Terra

  32. Delicious love it you make best cheese cake.

  33. Oh my! You had me sold on Creme Brulee and then you threw the cheesecake factor in there. What are you trying to do to me Liz?!?! These look divine and better yet, like I can make them. Beautiful!!

  34. Creme brûlée and cheesecake? Officially you make yourself my cooking hero my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  35. VERY yummy looking Lizzy! I have to laugh about your daughter; my son was thrilled when my daughter left for college. He LOVED all the extra attention! With dessert like this your daughter might not want to ever leave home! 🙂

  36. What an amazing cheesecake!!! It’s gorgeous and sounds so tasty!!! I am needing cheesecake in my life!

  37. Just gorgeous! I just want to come over to your house so that you can make this for me. Never seen it prettier!

  38. As I mentioned earlier… thats an outstanding creation Liz, love the Idea and your presentation is so tempting!

  39. Lizzy , that creme brulee cheesecakes look absolutely decadent ! Lucky Katie ! 😀

  40. Oh my. Two of my favourite puddings in one! Stunning!

  41. Lizzy this is an amazing dessert! I love cream brulée!

  42. This is match made in heaven combo. Lucky Katie!

  43. Hi Liz,

    Just coming back from Emily’s site and I must tell you. . . you’re creme brulee cheesecake is amazing. I am drooling just looking at it. Thank you for the post and I hope you’re enjoying your week! 🙂

  44. That sounds like a great combination of two classic desserts.

  45. Fabulous!!! This goes in the OMG good category. Liv has been talking about how sad she will be when her brother goes to college in two year. I’m not looking forward to that day…

  46. Liz, you are a master at baking! Combining two of my favorite creamy desserts into one with the creme brûlée and cheesecake . . . well all I can say it this is sensational!

  47. i have never really liked creme brulee before because of the texture but a creme brulee cheesecake- now that is what i am talking about!

  48. That looks really good but I’ve never tried making a creme brule or a cheesecake yet let alone a combination of the two.

  49. Oh Liz! Two of my most very favorite desserts! Brilliant! Heading over to your guest post now! : )

  50. Wow, what a nice combination, cream brulee and cheesecake…looks gorgeous 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week Liz!

  51. This looks so cool! I’ve bookmarked this recipe for sometime that I want something particularly stunning to make 🙂

  52. Thanks Lizzy for linking this wonderful recipe to Hearth and Soul Blog hop.

  53. All it takes for me are two words “mascarpone cheese”. What a fantastic cheesecake!

  54. Oh wow – two of my favourite desserts rolled into one! Love this idea!

  55. I have the feeling this would be a favorite of mine as well, Liz – I’m not sure I could ever pick between creme brule and cheesecake, so combining them together is awesome! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…

  56. I like your creative combination here of two delectable desserts — worthy of special celebration. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  57. In one word, Liz, brilliant. Katie certainly is lucky! What a wonderful idea.

  58. I’m a huge cheesecake fan and even huger creme brulee fan! Brilliance! I hope you will come and share this recipe at my Blog Fest

  59. I finally made this – twice. I made this as I was reading the instructions, then made another cheesecake from Emily’s blog. Both were delicious, but one was definitely prettier. This is now a family favorite. Good thing I made two. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  60. I will have guest for dinner on Saturday night. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will definitely give it a try!

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