Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Rich creamy cheesecake swirled with silky smooth dulce de leche delivers a twist on caramel cheesecake.

Rich creamy cheesecake swirled with silky smooth dulce de leche delivers a twist on caramel cheesecake.

If you’ve never heard of dulce de leche, allow me to introduce you to what just might be the best thing on earth. Dulce de leche is a thick and creamy caramel sauce that pretty much tastes like heaven. It isn’t as thin as the topping on this Salted Caramel Cheesecake since it’s actually sweetened condensed milk that’s simmered for several hours, but it’s just as delicious as you can imagine. You  can make your own but it’s easy to buy it. Here’s what it looks like at the store.

Add that to our smooth and creamy Classic Cheesecake filling and you’re in for the treat of your life. Not only do you add dollops of dulce de leche into the batter to form a marble swirl but you also finish the cheesecake with a thin layer of dulce de leche on top making this the most velvety, sweet cheesecake you’ve ever had. Now hold that thought, I’m going back for seconds.  

Rich creamy cheesecake swirled with silky smooth dulce de leche delivers a twist on caramel cheesecake.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust
  • 12 full-sheet graham crackers, crushed 
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar 
Cheesecake Filling
  • 3 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature 
  • 1 (13 oz.) can dulce de leche 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature 

Directions:

Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease the springform pan and wrap the outside of the pan in foil. Set aside. 
  2. In a bowl, mix crushed graham crackers, butter and sugar. Transfer to the pan and press evenly into the bottom using the bottom of a glass. Place the crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the crust is slightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let it cool. 
Cheesecake Filling
  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch and salt until combined and creamy. Stir in sour cream and vanilla then mix until combined. Add one egg at a time and stir to combine. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until smooth, creamy and silky.  
  2. Into another bowl, pour 1 cup of the cheesecake batter and mix with the dulce de leche. Make sure it is all well combined. Set aside.  
  3. Pour the remaining cheesecake batter over the cooled crust then add a few dollops of the dulce de leche mixture over the cheesecake batter. Using a knife, gently make about 3-4 swirls to give a marble effect. Save any leftover dulce de leche mixture to frost the cheesecake once cool. 
  4. Transfer the springform pan to the middle of a large roasting pan. Carefully fill the roasting pan with about an inch of hot water. This will help the cheesecake remain creamy without cracks. Bake the cheesecake for 55-60 minutes.  
  5. Remove cheesecake from oven. The cheesecake is done when the outer rim looks set but the middle jiggles when you gently shake the pan. Let the cheesecake cool completely on a cooling rack. This step is crucial for achieving the perfect cheesecake.  
  6. Frost the cheesecake with remaining dulce de leche, if desired, then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 72 hours. 
Rich creamy cheesecake swirled with silky smooth dulce de leche delivers a twist on caramel cheesecake.

Jamie Silva

Jamie is the blogger behind A Sassy Spoon, where she inspires you to celebrate the good things in life – food and travel! She shares accessible recipes ranging from easy everyday dishes, party food, and Cuban-inspired meals, as well as entertaining ideas and fun travel guides. Whether on a road trip or in the kitchen, she’s always thinking of her next recipe, next party or next trip.