Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Recipe

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake . . . sweet and creamy, this decadent cheesecake is perfect for caramel lovers!

whole dulce de leche cheesecake on a white cake stand

Have you ever tried dulce de leche? It’s basically caramel, so I use the terms interchangeably for this recipe. I made this dulce de leche cheesecake for Christmas Eve, and it was a hit. Every bite is sweet, rich, creamy, and absolutely mouthwatering.

close up of dulce de leche cheesecake

The cinnamon in the crust is a perfect compliment to the caramel flavor, so don’t leave it out. It’s a perfect crunchy and buttery base to hold the sweet creamy filling.

slice of dulce de leche cheesecake on a white plate

I usually make my own dulce de leche by cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium low heat till it caramelizes and turns light brown. But this time around I used a can of premade dulce de leche. The can is a real time saver, but truth be told, I like the homemade version better.

close up of cheesecake drizzled with dulce de leche

If you are a caramel lover, this cheesecake is perfect for you.  Not only does it have layers of caramel in the filling, you garnish it with more dulce de leche when you serve it. So yummy!

Dulche de Leche Cheesecake

This is a perfect dessert to “wow” your dinner guests, it makes a beautiful presentation with the caramel drizzled over the top. And of course it is sinfully delicious!

fork with a bite of cheesecake drizzled with dulce de leche

From the buttery crust to dulce de leche drizzle, every bite of this cheesecake is scrumptious.  Enjoy!

dulce de leche cheesecake recipe collage


Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Yield: 12-16 servings

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Creamy cheesecake with a cinnamon crust and swirls of dulce de leche.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 whole crackers)


  • 1 (13oz) can dulce de leche
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 large eggs, room temp and lightly beaten


  1. For the crust: Combine the sugar, cinnamon and butter. Add crumbs and mix well. Press into bottom of a springform pan. Set aside.
  2. For the filling: Preheat oven to 300. Combine cream and white chocolate in a glass bowl. Microwave till melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Beat cream cheese in large mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Lightly whisk in eggs till well combined. Take 3/4 cup of Dulce le leche and stir it into 1 cup of the cheesecake mixture.
  4. Alternately spoon the plain cheesecake and dulce le leche mixtures onto the crust, ending with the dulce de leche mixture. Drizzle all but 2 Tbsp of the caramel over the top of the cheesecake. Swirl with a knife.
  5. Bake at 300° for one hour or until edges are set but center wiggles slightly. Turn off the oven and let it sit in there for at least an hour. Remove and cool completely.
  6. To serve, garnish with reserved 2 Tbsp of caramel.

Love cheesecake? Here are a few more incredible cheesecake recipes to try:

Almond Joy Cheesecake
Easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Mini Oreo Cheesecakes with Chocolate Mousse


  1. LYDIA MOLIK says:

    where do I buy dulce de leche?

  2. SO delicious! And that sauce on top looks amazing…YUM!

  3. Jennifer Lehner says:

    One of my favorite cheesecake recipes! SOOO GOOD!

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    This cheesecake is so great! I can’t handle the goodness! Yum!

  5. This cheesecake looks incredible! I wish I had a slice right now!

  6. My fork is shined and ready for this cheesecake!

  7. This looks like an amazing addition to our holiday dessert table! So rich and decadent!

  8. This cheesecake looks incredibly delicious!

  9. I’ve made this flavored cheesecake before! It’s absolutely amazing!

  10. It’s calling my name! Looks so good and decadent!

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