Delicious Brandied Coffee Cheesecake Recipe

Greetings, coffee and brandy lovers! Have you ever craved something more than just a regular cup of coffee or a classic cocktail? If so, I have the perfect solution for you – a magnificent and delicious recipe for Brandied Coffee Cheesecake!

Combining the intense flavor of coffee with the smoothness of brandy creates an exquisite sensation that can only be experienced through this marvelous dessert. As a barista and food enthusiast, I can tell you that this recipe is one of the best ways to enjoy your favorite coffee in a unique and decadent way.

Not only does it boast deliciously rich flavors, but it’s also easy to make with readily available ingredients. No need to worry about baking skills – this recipe requires only basic techniques, so even beginners can easily master it.

Once you share this dessert with your friends and family, everyone will be delighted with the delectable taste and presentation. A true showstopper, guaranteed to become a favorite among coffee and cheesecake aficionados.

So grab your apron, turn up your favorite tunes and get ready to make your taste buds dance. Let’s start brewing some magic with this Brandied Coffee Cheesecake Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brandied Coffee Cheesecake
Brandied Coffee Cheesecake

Are you a coffee lover craving for a sweet treat that packs a punch? Let me present to you the Brandy Alexander Cheesecake recipe, the ultimate indulgence for any coffee and dessert aficionado!

This recipe is guaranteed to give you an unforgettable and unique dessert experience. The combination of coffee and brandy creates a rich and decadent flavor profile that perfectly balances the tanginess of cream cheese. Each bite of this cheesecake melts in your mouth, leaving behind an explosion of delicious sensations.

The recipe is also versatile, as you can easily switch things up by using cognac instead of brandy or adding a dash of cinnamon for some extra spiciness. Plus, this dessert is incredibly easy to prepare with instructions that are simple to follow even if you’re not an expert in the kitchen.

But what really sets this recipe apart from other cheesecake recipes is its ability to impress your guests. For your next dinner party, instead of serving a boring standard dessert, impress your friends and family with the sophisticated taste of a Brandy Alexander Cheesecake.

Overall, this recipe truly ticks all the boxes: impressive taste, versatility, and ease of preparation. Once you try it out, you won’t be able to resist making it over and over again. So without further ado, head to the kitchen and prepare yourself for one of the best coffee desserts you’ll ever have!

Ingredient List

 Wake up your taste buds with this brandied coffee cheesecake!
Wake up your taste buds with this brandied coffee cheesecake!

Ingredients for Brandy Alexander Cheesecake Recipe

For the crust, you will need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of graham crackers, crushed fine crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

For the filling, you will need:

  • 24 oz of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of brandy or cognac
  • 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur, such as Allen’s Coffee Brandy
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

For serving and decoration, you can use:

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings.

The Recipe How-To

 A slice of heaven with every bite!
A slice of heaven with every bite!

Step 1: Make the crust

To make the crust, mix two cups of crushed graham crackers, six tablespoons of melted butter, and two tablespoons of sugar in a medium bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Step 2: Prepare the filling

In a large mixing bowl, beat together four 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese with one and a quarter cups of granulated sugar until smooth. Add in one tablespoon of vanilla extract, half a cup of sour cream, and two tablespoons of instant coffee granules dissolved in one-fourth cup of water. Mix until smooth.

Step 3: Add the Eggs and Brandy

Add in four large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in one-fourth cup each of brandy and coffee liqueur.

Step 4: Bake the Cheesecake

Pour the mixture over the prepared crust in your springform pan. Place your cheesecake in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 60 minutes or until it’s cooked through. Once done baking, cool on a wire rack for about an hour.

Step 5: Garnish and Chill

Refrigerate (cover after cooled) for several hours or better overnight. When chilled completely, serve with sweetened whipped cream or caramel sauce; you can also sprinkle chocolate shavings onto it to garnish it in style.

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your cravings with this delicious dessert!
Satisfy your cravings with this delicious dessert!

Making substitutions and variations to recipes can be a way to enhance your culinary skills and make the recipe your own. As a barista, I like to experiment with various ingredients in my coffee-based recipes to create new and unique drinks. In this recipe, there are several ways you can make substitutions or variations to make the cheesecake even more decadent.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of brandy or cognac, you can substitute it for other flavored liqueurs such as Amaretto or Kahlua. This will give the cheesecake a distinct flavor profile that is different from the traditional Brandy Alexander.

If you want to make a coffee-forward version of this cheesecake, you can swap out the 2 tablespoons of brandy for 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur such as Allen’s Coffee Brandy. The result will be an intense coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the cheesecake.

For those who prefer a lighter version of this recipe, you can replace some of the cream cheese with sour cream or Greek yogurt. This will not affect the texture of the cheesecake, but it will give it a tangy and slightly tart flavor.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can add different mix-ins to the recipe such as white chocolate chips or pumpkin pie spice for a seasonal twist. You could also try making mini versions of this cheesecake by using graham cracker crusts in muffin tins.

Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to make, remember that cooking should be fun and imaginative! Play around with flavors and textures until you find your perfect variation of this delicious Brandy Alexander Cheesecake recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready for coffee and cheesecake heaven!
Get ready for coffee and cheesecake heaven!

Serving the Brandied Coffee Cheesecake is an indulgent experience in itself. A generous slice of this dessert recipe features a creamy, smooth and lightly tangy cheesecake base with the distinct coffee flavor from instant coffee granules. Along with the bitterness of coffee comes a sweet surprise when you reach the crust made of buttery graham crackers with chocolate flavors.

To pair with this already amazing dessert, you can serve a warm mug of cognac or brandy which complements the boozy flavor of the cheesecake. Another option would be to serve it with baked cinnamon apple slices or drizzle it with caramel sauce for a delicate sweetness that balances out the sharp tanginess from the cheesecake filling.

For those who would like to keep things non-alcoholic, serving this recipe alongside bold Christmas blend coffee or a cup of hot cocoa can also bring out the rich flavors in each bite. You can also garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for added texture and a dose of extravagance.

This brandy alexander cheesecake is one showstopper on your table that will become your family’s favorite dessert, no matter what you choose to pair it with!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One slice may not be enough with this brandied coffee cheesecake!
One slice may not be enough with this brandied coffee cheesecake!

When it comes to making cheesecake, it’s always best to plan ahead. This is especially true for our Brandied Coffee Cheesecake recipe as it requires some time to set perfectly for the full flavors to develop. So, if you’re making it for an event or special dinner, make sure you prepare it ahead of time.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Once your cheesecake has completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic to prevent any air from getting in and drying out the surface. When you’re ready to serve it, simply unwrap the cheesecake and let it come to room temperature before serving.

If you want to store your Brandied Coffee Cheesecake for longer than 2 days, you can also freeze it. Once again, make sure the cheesecake is properly wrapped in plastic and then in aluminum foil before freezing. The cheesecake will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to reheat your cheesecake, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Unlike many other desserts, cheesecake should never be reheated in the microwave as this can cause the texture to become rubbery and uneven. Instead, allow your cheesecake to come up closer to room temperature and then pop it into a warm oven (around 300°F) until heated through.

To avoid any watery condensation on your Brandied Coffee Cheesecake when reheating, place a baking sheet under the springform pan. This will catch any drips or drops and keep your cheesecake moist and perfect.

With these tips for making ahead, storing and reheating your Brandied Coffee Cheesecake, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious dessert at its very best – no matter what your schedule might be!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This dessert is worth the extra time and effort!
This dessert is worth the extra time and effort!

To ensure that your Brandy Alexander Cheesecake turns out perfectly, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Take out the eggs, cream cheese and sour cream half an hour before starting so they all have a chance to get to room temperature. This step is important because cold ingredients may cause lumps in your cheesecake.

2. Proceed with the Mixing: Use an electric mixer, start on low and gradually increase the speed. Don’t overmix the batter because overmixing can lead to cracking in the cheesecake.

3. Let Your Cream Cheese Soften Naturally: You might be tempted to soften cream cheese in the microwave or by adding heat, but this can soften it unevenly and lead to added air pockets in your cake. Instead, take it out of the refrigerator 30-45 minutes before you start baking.

4. Make Sure Your Oven Temperature is Accurate: Oven temperatures can vary widely. Get an oven thermometer and check its accuracy to ensure you’re baking at the right temperature.

5. Use a Water Bath: It’s advisable to bake your cheesecake using a water bath because this method will keep them moist while they cook and prevent cracks from forming on top.

6. Prepare Your Crust Properly: Make sure that the crust is pressed firmly into the bottom of the springform pan to prevent it from separating from the creamy filling later.

7. Allow Sufficient cool-down time: After baking, wait for at least an hour for your cheesecake to cool down before putting it into the fridge (chilling for at least four hours). Cooling helps excess moisture escape from your cake resulting in firm textured cheesecake and allows creaminess to settle completely.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a perfect Brandy Alexander Cheesecake each time you decide to bake one!

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve read all about my brandied coffee cheesecake recipe and everything that makes it so delectable, I hope you’re ready to give it a try. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the combination of coffee and brandy.

So go ahead and indulge your taste buds with this mouth-watering dessert that will definitely impress your friends and family. And don’t be afraid to put your own spin on the recipe – substituting different liqueurs or toppings can make for a fun and delicious variation.

In conclusion, my brandied coffee cheesecake recipe is nothing short of amazing – with its rich coffee flavor and hint of brandy, it’s sure to please even the most discerning palates. So take a chance and whip up this delicious dessert – you won’t be disappointed!

Brandied Coffee Cheesecake

Brandied Coffee Cheesecake Recipe

Wonderful after-dinner cheesecake with adult flavors.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 628.7 kcal


Chocolate Crumb Crust

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream


  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter, combining well. Press crumb mixture evenly over bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 6 minutes.
  • Mix cream cheese in large bowl of electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Mix in flour. Add eggs, 2 at a time, mixing until batter is smooth. Mix in vanilla extract and brandy or Cognac. Dissolve coffee granules in the cream and add to batter. Pour batter into prepared spring-form pan.
  • Place cheesecake in large baking pan with at least 2-inch high sides. Pour water into large pan to reach 1 inch up sides of springform pan. Bake about 1 hour until top looks firm when given gentle shake. Meanwhile, prepare Topping.
  • Stir sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract in small bowl to blend. Gently spread mixture evenly over top of baked cheesecake. Bake 10 minutes longer.
  • Remove from water bath and cool thoroughly, away from drafts, about 2 hours, uncovered, so soft topping remains smooth.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly, at least 6 hours or overnight. Store in refrigerator up to 7 days. Serve at room temperature.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 190gCalories: 628.7kcalCarbohydrates: 45.1gProtein: 10.6gFat: 45.4gSaturated Fat: 27.1gCholesterol: 189.6mgSodium: 377.8mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 32.4g
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