No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

no bake dulce de leche cheesecake

The class just started and I was nervous. We were waiting for the students to pile in, and I was standing at one of the stations, quietly slicing limes for our cocktails.

And then I cut my finger.

That’s right, friends, I cut myself at the cooking class I was teaching.

Granted, it was a very small cut. Almost like a paper cut (hurt like a paper cut too) and it mostly ruined my manicure, but what a way to inspire confidence in the students, right? It was a good thing – no, it was a fantastic, marvelous thing – that they were all incredibly nice and warm and then everyone laughed and then I distracted everyone and we made this cheesecake.

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.

no bake caramel cheesecake

This was part of our menu that Dan and I created for our “Entertain Like a Food Blogger” cooking class at the BCAE. We made dinner party food: a few appetizers, a cocktail, and this delicious cheesecake.

You all know that I am obsessed with dulce de leche (cookies, cake ballsbrownies, pies, barscocktails, I love them all) and I have a recipe for Dulce de Leche Cheesecake on this blog already, but I figured another recipe – this time for a no bake version, with a bonus chocolate crust – wouldn’t hurt.

This recipe combines two of my favorite shortcuts for easy desserts: condensed milk and choocolate wafers. In addition, this recipe is completely no-bake, as in you do not need to turn on the oven at all and transform your small apartment into a scorching hot and very sweaty inferno. (By you, I mean me.) All you need to do is mix crushed up chocolate cookies with melted butter, then mix up the filling, then top with heated dulce de leche, then freeze and eat.

Then eat one more bar for good measure.

easy dulce de leche cheesecake

Yield: 16 bars

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake



6 oz chocolate wafers, crushed (about 2/3 of Famous Wafers package) or 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 stick butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup condensed milk
1 cup dulce de leche
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup dulce de leche


  1. Make the crust. Mix chocolate wafer crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. Transfer crumb mixture to a buttered and foil-lined 8x8 baking pan and press evenly onto bottom using the back of a spoon. Refrigerate while making filling.
  2. Make the cheesecake filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, condensed milk, dulce de leche, vanilla, and salt, and beat together until smooth.
  3. For the topping, drizzle remaining dulce de leche on top or make a swirly pattern. (You can heat the dulce de leche in the microwave first if it's too thick.) For the swirls, make four thick parallel lines of dulce de leche on top of the pie. Lightly run knife across the lines perpendicularly, letting the dulce de leche drag across to form swirls.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or freeze for at least 2 hours. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

dulce de leche cheesecake bars

In addition to the cheesecake, our menu for the night included these:

arepas con chorizo

arepas con chorizo



chimichurri steak crostini

chimichurri steak crostini

And the cocktail of the night was a Paloma, which is a tequila-based drink with grapefruit soda.

In spite of my little mishap, which served as an icebreaker anyway, we had a ton of fun. Thank you so much to everyone who came to our cooking class! I had the best time, and I also had the best teaching partner who, in his defense, had no food in his beard the entire time. We will be teaching another class this coming fall/winter!



21 Responses to “No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake”

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    Meghan posted July 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I am a huge fan of no bake desserts!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I made the mistake of turning on my oven this past weekend and really regret it haha

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted July 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    That so sounds like something I would do! But I’m sure everyone loved the class.

    Love this no bake cheesecake variation!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Thanks girl! And yes, it as a big hit :)

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    Christina posted July 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    i’m drooling! i want everything. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Thank you! I was so nervous I hardly ate anything and now want to re-create everything again!

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    Sues posted July 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks sooo good. If I were home right now, I’d make it this instant! But really, I want this whole meal :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Thank you! If I were home I will be eating the last piece in my freezer. Okay last two pieces… ;)

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted July 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Poor Bianca, cutting yourself in front of the class. Luckily for you the students were cool about it.
    Btw the cheesecake looks spectacular and so do those chimichurri steak crostini: YUM!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I know, I lucked out! Thanks Mike :)

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    Molly Galler posted July 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    So happy to hear you already have another class lined up. Count me in!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Yayy! Can’t wait to see you soon!

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    Monica posted July 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I think you are very smart, Bianca. How can a class go badly with a recipe like this?! It is definitely a crowd pleaser and something anyone can do. It looks divine. And glad your cut was a minor one! All’s well that ends well… : )

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thank you so much, Monica! No Bake desserts are always fun and well-loved by all :)

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    grace posted July 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    whenever i make a noise in the kitchen, my fiance will nonchalantly ask, ‘did you cut yourself again?’ my hands look awful because i’ve sliced them so many times, but oh well.
    these look amazing, and i love the no-bake aspect!

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    Ashley posted July 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

    haha oh gosh, I unfortunately seem to cut myself all the time. I should really be more careful! :) But it sounds like otherwise the class was great!! And these cheesecakes look awesome!

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    Daisy posted July 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

    at least it was a small cut!! nice job teaching a class. your treats look incredible as always.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted August 3, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I’m glad it was a small cut! This is such a perfect summer dessert. You can’t beat no-bake this time of year.

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    Dana @ Simply Romanesco posted August 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    So glad it was only a small cut! This cheesecake looks incredible and so tasty! A great recipe, Bianca :)

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    Honey, What's Cooking? posted September 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    omg.. those look so good. salted caramel would be good too.. they are similar in taste. love it.

  14. #
    Gail posted May 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm many days the dulce de letcha last in room temperature and in chilled temperature (5c•)? Thanks

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