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White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake

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White chocolate Frangelico cheesecake is truly a unique homemade cheesecake dessert! Two additions to a traditional cheesecake recipe turn this White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake into something extraordinary!

White Chocolate Cheesecake on a white serving plate topped with white chocolate curls

White Chocolate  Frangelico Cheesecake

My daughter, Katie, orders cheesecake practically every time we dine out. She is a big-time fan. So when a group of bloggers decided to celebrate National Cheesecake Day (am I the only one who is always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to foodie holidays?), I knew I’d have to participate.

This White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake features what I consider an exquisite marriage of flavors. First is the addition of melted white chocolate to the batter. Plus, the Italian hazelnut liqueur adds a sublime undertone to an already exquisite cheesecake.

White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake garnished with white chocolate curls on a white cake plate


National Cheesecake Day

Since it IS National Cheesecake Day, I thought I’d share my tips for making the BEST cheesecake:

  • Make sure your eggs, cream cheese, and sour cream and/or cream are at room temperature.
  • You can hurry along the process by setting the eggs in a bowl of warm water to take the chill off.
  • Set the cream cheese and any other dairy ingredients out on the counter about an hour before mixing to take the chill off.
  • Use the paddle attachment of your stand mixer to mix the batter.
  • Do not whip or over mix the batter. You don’t want to incorporate air into the mixture.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time, just until each is incorporated.
  • Bake in a shallow bain-marie or water bath to minimize cracking. This step helps the cheesecake bake evenly and at a controlled temperature.
  • Wrap your springform pan well in heavy-duty foil to protect any water from getting into the pan while baking. Double wrap if your pan is known to be leaky. This prevents any of the bain-marie water from having access to the crust.

If you’d like to learn how to make white chocolate curls, check out my instructions on this Vanilla Cake post.

There are a couple of important kitchen tools you’ll need to make your white chocolate Frangelico cheesecake:

  • Electric stand mixer–you’ll want to use the paddle attachment to mix this and any other cheesecake batter.
  • 9-inch springform baking pan–springform pans are made with a bottom piece along with a side piece that can be released from the base. They are a must for making cheesecakes as they allow for easy removal of the dessert for display and serving.


 White Chocolate Cheesecake on graphic for National Cheesecake Day

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Liz and Roxana

Thanks so much for my sweet friend, Roxana, for coordinating this event!!! We were roomies at BlogHerFood in Miami.

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White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake | A luscious cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust, white chocolate and a slosh of Frangelico

White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake

A creamy, decadent cheesecake flavored with white chocolate and Frangelico liqueur

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 16 servings



  • One 9-ounce package chocolate wafers (I use Nabisco Famous Wafers), processed into fine crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped and melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter and pat into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes, then set on rack to cool while making filling. Decrease oven temperature to 325º.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese on low for a minute, scrape down sides of bowl, then slowly add sugar while continuing to mix on low. Add melted chocolate and mix just till combined. Add vanilla and Frangelico and mix just till incorporated. Mix in eggs, one at a time on low, just till incorporated, scraping bowl as needed,
  4. Wrap your springform pan in a layer of heavy-duty foil and place it into a roasting pan. Pour batter into springform pan and smooth top if needed. Pour hot water into the roasting pan till it comes about a couple inches on sides of the springform pan. Carefully place a roasting pan in oven and bake about 60 minutes or till the top is a bit golden and almost totally set. Remove from water bath, then remove foil and allow to come to room temperature on cooling rack. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  5. Decorate with white chocolate curls if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 6g


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65 comments on “White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake”

  1. I simply love this recipe. I love cheesecake too. . just made my last one on Sunday, a classic one with berries on top. I will surely try this white chocolate one

  2. Aw dear what amazing and lovely white chicolate cheescake look georgeous Lizxy!:)

  3. I may not be a fan of white chocolate, but your cheesecake looks so good I would have a hard time resisting it. No wonder it disappeared so quickly even if you forgot to pack a knife! The white chocolate curls are pure perfection!
    Thanks for joining us Liz

  4. wow, it looks like the perfect cheesecake. I love the white chocolate flavor throughout. It looks perfectly cooked too. The filling is firm but creamy. Awesome

  5. Gorgeous cake and elegant. I love it when you use frangelico 😀 And great tips for cheesecake making.

  6. Nice idea, celebreting cheesecake day is faboulous! Yours is just so smart and very original; love it 🙂

  7. Frangelica in cheesecake? Oh yes please!!!

  8. Cheesecake is my friend. Or at least I’m its friend. 😉 Love the stuff, and this looks excellent. Thanks.

  9. I always miss the boat when it comes to foodie holidays- there are just so many of them!

    Beautiful cheesecake. The white chocolate decoration is a nice touch.

  10. Can’t blame your daughter on her dessert preference 😉 Mmm, I haven’t had a cheesecake in a while. This looks so yummy!

  11. That’s so creamy shiny cheesecake Liz.yummy

  12. Yummy creamy cheescake Liz .love the recipe

  13. Beautiful cheesecake Lizzy. Blessings, Catherine

    p.s. you look wonderful

  14. This is lovely – especially those white chocolate curls on top!

  15. This cheesecake looks amazing! I love the white chocolate in it! Delish.

  16. I’m not a white chocolate fan, but this cake looks too good to pass up!

  17. Oh, this looks gorgeous and sounds delicious!

  18. Your white chocolate curls add a wonderful elegance to you cheesecake. Beautiful!

  19. That cake sounds so delicious but it also LOOKS like a fancy celebration!

  20. Wow, this is quite a collection of cheesecake ideas! Yours turned out beautiful Liz! I too wish someone would send around an e-mail at the beginning of the year listing all the foodie holidays:@)

  21. Fantastic cheesecake and great list of recipes to go through! Now I must make a cheesecake! The white chocolate swirls are such a nice final touch!

  22. I have never had frangelico, but now I’m pretty sure it is going to be my new favorite liquor! And mixed with white chocolate – sounds like the most amazing combo ever for cheesecake! The white chocolate curls on top are gorgeous! Pinning! Happy Cheesecake Day!

  23. Silly LIz, worrying about what to do with your leftover dessert. I don’t even think that’s possible! There’s no way you could set down one of your desserts and not expect it to be immediately attacked by ravenous mouths! Your cheesecake is beautiful and perfect. I love the gorgeous white chocolate curls on top and the use of the frangelico (yum!).

  24. Your cheesecake is so beautiful with the white chocolate curls; I must remember that for the future! I like your tips too.

  25. What a creamy and delicious looking cheesecake – love the bit of kick from frangelico 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Oh, Liz! I am crazy for white chocolate. I think I will have to pay you a visit in Indiana. You always make me hungry — and greedy!

  27. Just looking at this makes me hungry!! 🙂 Oh I could eat a big slice right now!! 🙂

    did you see my recent post, homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!

  28. Now that’s a lot of cheesecakes! And that is something to celebrate!

  29. Happy Cheesecake day! What a beautiful way to celebrate…delicious too 🙂

  30. Those white chocolate curls look fantastic, Liz. And your cheesecake looks flawless and divine!

  31. Drooling …. do you think this would work with Speculoos instead of the chocolate wafers?

  32. Lizzy you are one fabulous gal! …I just had to start off with that after seeing your pic with Roxanna.

    Now, onto this decadent piece of heaven. Anything with white chocolate is a winner in my book. I think this may just be my next birthday cake too 😉

    Will be pinning. Happy Cheesecake Day!!


  33. So gorgeous, the pairing of white chocolate with Frangelico sounds sublime!

  34. Wow. You and Denise (from “from Brazil to you”) have conspired to torture us!:) Amazing looking cheesecake Liz! Really professional work. We also agree 100% with your tips.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead Liz, and thank you for another sweet sensation!:)

  35. I didn’t know that yesterday was the cheescake day!!!
    I leave you my recipe so you can add it to your collection:

  36. Happy National Cheesecake Day! Where there is a will there is a way. And it looks like whether it was a plastic knife or a fancy wedding server that did the cutting, your fantabulous Frangelico imbued cheesecake was destined to disappear quickly!

  37. I’m with Katie – cheesecake for dessert every time! White chocolate? Hazelnuts? OMG. No knife wouldn’t stop me. =D

  38. I hope you were able to get a sample! This cheesecake sounds absolutely divine… Those white chocolate curls are perfection and I love the Frangelico idea- definitely one of the most delicious liqueurs of all 😉

  39. Lizzy,
    What a gorgeous cheesecake! I love cheesecake and the Frangelico must take this over the top.
    I wish I could go to some of these conferences too. Maybe some day…

  40. Liz!!! this cheesecake is perfection. So pretty! love the addition of the Frangelico!!

  41. Oh dear Liz this cheesecake will be on my mind for a very long time. This is the best flavor combination on the planet! Moderate indulgence with this? No such thing!

  42. Loooove white chocolate, and those beautiful swirls of it on top! What a delicious cheesecake, Liz!

  43. You aren’t the only one!! I feel like I need to start putting foodie holidays on my calendar right there with family birthdays, lol! You had me at Frangelico! Pinned!

  44. You are correct your cheesecake is Nirvana!!! You never fail to amaze me, time and time again. This is just stunning!!

  45. This cheesecake looks perfect Liz! I love the pretty chocolate curls and the white chocolate sounds amazing with the Frangelico!

  46. I adore Frangelico and I can just imagine how wonderful it is in creamy cheesecake, Liz. And I love your white chocolate curls. Thank you so much for the instruction link! You saved me from asking how you made them. 🙂

  47. I bet that Frangelico just made it explode in your mouth! It sounds amazing!

  48. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to this, but this is GREAT! I just adore the white chocolate flavors running through a creamy cheesecake. So glad we got to celebrate this together 🙂 it’s always fantastic to see your gorgeous creations, Liz!

  49. I love the simplicity of this! And I’m sure it tastes fantastic as well!

  50. Alcohol and cheesecake are a match made in heaven. I love using chocolate curls as a garnish, they are so dainty and delicious!

  51. Wow all those cheesecakes. Yours though is a standout

  52. Oh my gosh YES! White chocolate and Frangelico is the best combination ever. So, so good! I’m looking forward to December. I’ve decided that’s the month to make everything white chocolate + Frangelico! And this cheesecake looks perfect. Just so pretty!

  53. I’d love to make this white chocolate frangelico cheesecake cheesecakeday for my family Christmas morning. Do you think it would be possible to make this the 23rd, let it cool and then seal up and then reheat Christmas morning? Thx for sharing! Can i post it on my blog?

    • Hi, Jill,
      Cheesecakes are great make ahead recipes. You don’t need to heat it up, but just let it sit at room temperature at least an hour before serving—it will be much creamier when not cold.

      Yes, you can definitely share it on your blog. Just make sure to link back to my post and re-write the directions in your own words. I hope you enjoy!! Merry Christmas!

  54. So pretty! You make such beautiful food!

  55. this is so great!

  56. I really love that this uses a chocolate crust instead of graham cracker. So delicious!

  57. So rich and creamy! And the white chocolate curls on top make it extra special!

  58. This cheesecake is so gorgeous!!

  59. Oh my heavenly days this looks spectacular!

  60. I love the flavor of Frangelico. It’s hard to beat that hazelnut flavor.

  61. This needs to be at every holiday celebration season. So gorgeous.

  62. Such a beautiful dessert for entertaining!

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