Coconut Cheesecake

How can eating a slice of coconut cheesecake feel so rewarding?

Maybe it has something to do with those famous chocolate wafers. Have you ever had those, from Nabisco? It comes in a yellow box, and each chocolate wafer taste like a flattened Oreo (just the cookie part, no cream filling).

I remember looking for these famous chocolate wafers about a year ago and my grocery store was constantly out of stock (are they that famous?). I remember bookmarking recipes to make homemade chocolate wafers but never getting around to it. And I remember the slight high I felt once I found those wafers. Because I knew they would make the perfect base for icebox cakes and chocolate crusts.

So when I decided to make cheesecake again and used those chocolate wafers in the crust, I felt a small sense of victory.

Those famous chocolate wafers lent a deep, almost bitter, dark chocolate flavor to the milky coconut cheesecake. In hindsight, I would’ve added coconut flakes to the crust, too (I have a thing for double coconut treats). But I didn’t need to; the cheesecake had plenty of coconut flavor in the batter and in the whipped cream.

As some of you know, I don’t have a fancy mixer (or even a non-fancy mixer) – I mix everything by hand. Even when I’m creaming butter, it’s all old-school muscle power. However I haven’t yet attempted to make whipped cream without a mixer, so I just buy the ready-made stuff from Whole Foods or sometimes Cool Whip. I mean Cool Hwip.

I also don’t have a spring form pan, so I made cheesecake bars instead of the 9″ round cheesecake in the original recipe. I like bars better anyway, they are a little more low maintenance. (In all honesty, I’m a little scared of springform pans. Check out this post on A Plum By Any Other Name – I have a feeling something similar could easily happen to me.)

So this coconut cheesecake –

With a wallop – not just a dollop – of sweet, coconut flavored, semi-homemade whipped cream,

And a dense, dark, deep chocolate crust,

Made me feel like I can do anything.

Like I can easily cream together sugar and cream cheese until they turn smooth and silky. Like I can always pound out my stress onto helpless chocolate wafers and end up with a delectable crust. Like I can really bake cheesecake without being scared. Without a springform pan. Nor a mixer. And I did. Easily, always, really.

Sure, those are small victories. But my point is… eating just one bar of this coconut cheesecake feels really rewarding. Now how can other cheesecakes compare to that?

Coconut Cheesecake



1 package chocolate wafers, crushed
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, melted


3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 egg yolk

Whipped Cream

2 cups ready made whipped cream (or make your own from scratch)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Make the crust. Mix chocolate wafer crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. Transfer crumb mixture to a 13x9x2 baking pan (I lined mine with parchment paper and lightly buttered it). Press evenly onto bottom of pan. Bake until set, about 15 minutes; cool.
  3. Make the filling. Cream together cheese and sugar until smooth. Add coconut milk, heavy cream, salt, vanilla, eggs, and yolk. Mix well until smooth. Pour cream cheese custard over cooled crust; bake until cheesecake jiggles slightly in center, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Cool, and chill for 4 hours.
  4. Make the whipped cream. Whisk cream, coconut milk, and confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Dollop over each square and serve immediately.

Do you have a favorite cheesecake recipe? Please share in the comments section!


36 Responses to “Coconut Cheesecake”

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    Shannon posted July 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    holy moly. i’m hungry for a nice big slice!!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted July 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This looks so wonderful!

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    christina posted July 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    oh, yup, i could definitely eat a few of these. nice work.

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    Ashley posted July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve been craving all things coconut the last few months, so this fits in my desires perfectly. It will be made! My two other favorite cheesecakes are Ellie Krieger’s ricotta cheesecake (no crust, but a lot healthier and still tasty, especially with a raspberry topping) or Alton Brown’s classic cheesecake recipe (intense, but thick and rich and deliciously unhealthy). I’m impressed with your all-muscle approach to baking. I wimped out and bought a hand mixer, which I use for almost everything.

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Ashley! I will have to check out that ricotta cheesecake soon!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted July 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    now I REALLY want some dessert! I have never made a cheesecake, but this definitely seems like a delicious one to start with, especially with all the coconut (or potential for coconut!)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Yes! The dulce de leche cheesecake bars I made the last time are also surprisingly easy, but looks and tastes so fancy!

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    Elizabeth posted July 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve had this! Spot Dessert Bar in Manhattan makes something almost identical. It’s so good. Also I love making ice box cake with those wafers

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Maybe when I visit NY later this year you and I can schedule a date for cheesecake at Spot Dessert Bar :)

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    Daisy posted July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I honestly don’t think I have ever had those wafers! Clearly I am missing out.
    I too mix everything by hand, this is totally the dessert recipe for me.

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Definitely hunt down those wafers! At this exact moment I am eating one straight out of the box hehehe

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) posted July 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I have never had these famous wafers but that cheesecake looks amazing!

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    Juliana posted July 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, what a nice cheesecake…I never had coconut one…would love to have a bite of this treat. Great pictures Bianca and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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    Megan posted July 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I love those chocolate wafers. The cheesecake looks tasty! I made a great chocolate-vanilla swirl one a few months ago and think it is my new favorite recipe.

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    Baking Serendipity posted July 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Chocolate wafers, coconut and cheesecake? I am so into this.

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted July 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Look at that gorgeous caramel-colored crust! I am such a huge fan of coconut, too. Small victory? Sounds like a big one to me … and no dropping on the floor! ;) Thanks for the shout out!

    P.s. bummed I didn’t see you at the Talking Taste last week: I was there too! I’m going to the last one in August, as well.

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    Michelle posted July 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Last night, I had the strangest craving for cheesecake. And today, you have a blog post about cheesecake! Perhaps I am destined to make (or at the very least, eat), a slice of cheesecake!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted July 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I love all cheesecakes really…but THIS sounds absolutely incredible. Chocolate and coconut are one of my favorite combos!

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    Meghan posted July 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow. . . I LOVE coconut, and this looks amazing.

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    Kate posted July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I am a new follower and I am now craving this divine recipe. I love coconut and chocolate and cheesecake. I remember my mom hoarding those chocolate wafer cookies from us kids when she was making a rich chocolate crust for her cheesecakes. My personal favorite cheesecake had mandarin oranges in a sauce, but the recipe was lost many years ago. This looks like it could be a new favorite!
    Cheers, Kate

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Kate, thank you for the comment and welcome to my blog! If you make this recipe soon, keep me posted! Take care.

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin posted July 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    LOVE the idea of coconut milk in a cheesecake – delicious! Those close-up shots are making me so hungry – these bars look so tasty and decadent :)

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    Samantha Angela posted July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Sounds amazing! I love coconut anything :d
    You’re right though, I bet this would be phenomenal with coconut in the crust.

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    BakingMeHungry posted July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    This looks so exotic, yet straight forward. Love coconut and will have to try this sometime!

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    Joanne posted July 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

    This cheesecake definitely comes with a serious dose of satisfaction! Both because it is filled with so much awesomeness and also because you pulled it off so perfectly!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted July 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’m really loving everything coconut lately and this cheesecake is no exception. It looks so good! Plus chocolate and coconut are such a perfect combination!

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    Kailey posted July 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    You did it – you managed to combine my love of cheesecake and coconut into one dessert :) Looks SO good!

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    val posted July 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Coconut cheesecake…..I think I’m in heaven. I can never pass up on anything coconut.

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    Sacha posted July 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    There are coconut lovers and coconut haters…and I am definitely a coconut lover! Coconut cheesecake is so, so good, and I love bars. Portable cheesecake with a chocolate crust? Yes, please! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have a stand mixer but still like to whip cream with a whisk. Try it some time–maybe you’ll like it, too. At the very least, you get a good arm workout :).

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I will definitely try it out someday! I even bookmarked a YouTube video on how to make whip cream with just a whisk and a chilled bowl :)

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    El posted July 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Looks delicious!

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    grace posted July 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    VERY nice. coconut and cream cheese do a darn fine dance together. :)

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    Kristen | Pixelated Crumb posted July 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’m not a huge cheesecake person (I know, I think I’m nearly alone on this one), but this looks really good! I appreciate the high crust to filling ratio :)

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    Jen L @ Tartine and Apron Strings posted July 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Beautiful cheesecake, Bianca! I just want to lick my screen!!! Yum!

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    Lisa posted August 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    OMG..I saw this and nearly looks so good! Love your posts about your trip to Spain, but once I saw this baby..I had to comment :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Hi Lisa! Thank you! This was really so good, I especially loved the coconut whipped cream.

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