Creamy Amaretto Cheesecake

This homemade Amaretto Cheesecake is thick, creamy, and full of Amaretto flavor. It’s paired with a vanilla wafer crust, topped with a soft and fluffy mousse, then finished off with a sprinkle of sliced almonds. You won’t be able to stop eating it!

An almond mousse cheesecake on a serving platter with one slice removed and featured in the background

Boozy Homemade Amaretto Cheesecake

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the ALDI test kitchen in Illinois, and I fell head over heels in love with their Amaretto cheesecake. If you know me, you know I had to recreate it on my own. And I am super glad I did – the amazingness of this cheesecake truly can’t be put into words.

Even you chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist this luxurious dessert. The creamy Amaretto-spiked cheesecake filling, the buttery wafer crust and the fluffy homemade mousse make a seriously heavenly trio. And don’t forget the crunchy sliced almonds that top it all off. This cheesecake is wonderful and has become a big favorite!

If you’d like to make a booze-free cheesecake, you have that option as well. The filling and the mousse would both taste great with an amaretto coffee creamer in place of the Amaretto. You just may want to bump the almond extract up to about a tablespoon. Either way, you simply have to try this recipe. The result is pure cheesecake bliss!

What is Amaretto?

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur that was created in Saronno, Italy. It has delicate undertones of cherry and vanilla, and it’s a key ingredient in many popular cocktails. Because of its irresistible dessert-like flavor, it’s often added to baked goods like this cheesecake.

A slice of Amaretto cheesecake on a plate with a bowl of slivered almonds behind it

Recipe Ingredients

Let’s dive into the ingredients you’ll need for each component of this cheesecake:

For the Wafer Crust

  • Vanilla Wafer Crumbs: I recommend crushing up the wafers in a food processor or a high-speed blender.
  • Butter: Melted.
  • Sugar

For the Amaretto Cheesecake Filling

  • Cream Cheese: Bring this to room temperature so that you don’t end up with a lumpy batter.
  • Sugar
  • Flour: The starch prevents the egg proteins from over-coagulating, giving you a creamier texture and helping you prevent any cracks.
  • Sour Cream: For a smooth and velvety cheesecake.
  • Almond Extract: To supplement the Amaretto flavor.
  • Amaretto Liqueur
  • Eggs: These should also be brought to room temperature.

For the Amaretto Mousse

  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Keep your heavy cream in the fridge until you’re ready to make the mousse. It needs to be cold to whip properly.
  • Powdered Sugar: This gives the mousse some structure and keeps it stable.
  • Amaretto Liqueur
  • Almond Extract
  • Cream Cheese: Brought to room temperature, so you don’t end up with lumps.
  • Almonds: Sliced.
A slice of Amaretto cheesecake on a plate with one bite on a metal fork

How to Make Amaretto Cheesecake

Before you add the filling to your cheesecake crust, you’ll have to partially bake it in the oven. This helps it get nice and crunchy, providing a solid base for the cake.

Make the Crust

  1. Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Assemble in Pan: Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
  4. Bake: Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set it aside to cool.
  5. Add Foil: Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in. Set the prepared pan aside.

Make the Filling

  1. Lower Oven Temperature: Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
  2. Beat Cream Cheese, Sugar & Flour: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low speed until completely combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add Sour Cream & Flavorings: Add the sour cream, almond extract and amaretto and mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add Eggs: Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  5. Pour Into Crust: Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust.
  6. Assemble Water Bath: Place the springform pan inside of another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
  7. Bake: Bake the cheesecake for an hour and 15 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
  8. Turn Oven Off: Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
  9. Crack Oven Door: Crack the door of the oven for 20-30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue cooling slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
  10. Refrigerate: Remove the cheesecake from the oven and the water bath wrapping and refrigerate it until it’s firm. This will take around 5-6 hours. Feel free to leave it chilling overnight.

Make the Mousse

  1. Make Whipped Cream: Once the cheesecake has firmed up, make the mousse topping. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, amaretto and almond extract to a large mixing bowl. Whip oh high speed until stiff peaks form. Set the whipped cream aside.
  2. Beat Cream Cheese: In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s nice and smooth.
  3. Add Whipped Cream: Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese in two parts until well combined.
  4. Top Cheesecake: Remove the set cheesecake from the springform pan and place it on a serving platter. Top the cheesecake with about half of the mousse, then use the remaining mousse to pipe a border around the edge of the cheesecake. The mousse will be a little softer at first, but it will firm up as it cools in the fridge.
  5. Add Almonds: Sprinkle the cheesecake with sliced almonds and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.
A whole Amaretto cheesecake on a cake stand with two dishes of almonds and two small plates in the background

Do I Really Need a Water Bath?

Baking your cheesecake in a water bath not only prevents it from cracking, but it also makes for a super smooth and creamy cheesecake. It’s definitely worth the extra effort, and I don’t recommend baking your cheesecake without one. For more detailed instructions and tips to help prevent your water bath from leaking, check out this extensive guide.

Tips for the Best Cheesecake

I know homemade cheesecake can seem intimidating, but it really isn’t hard to make. There are just a few things to keep in mind.

  • Use Room Temperature Ingredients: With the exception of the heavy whipping cream, you want to bring your chilled ingredients to room temperature before you make the cheesecake and the mousse. This helps everything combine with ease.
  • Beat on Low Speed: Be sure to use low speed when you beat the cream cheese mixture for the cheesecake. Beating too quickly adds air into the batter, which can cause cracks to form while the cheesecake is baking.
  • Avoid Overbaking: Turn off the oven when there’s about a 3-inch circle in the center of your cheesecake that jiggles when you gently shake it. It will firm up as the cheesecake cools.
  • The Cooling Process is Key: Stick with the instructions in the recipe for cooling your cheesecake – if it cools too quickly, it can crack.
  • More Tips and Tricks: Want more advice for making flawless cheesecake at home? Check out my Top 10 Homemade Cheesecake Tips and Tricks.
A piece of almond mousse cheesecake on a white plate with the full cheesecake in the background

Serving Suggestions

This fancy layered dessert speaks for itself, so you definitely don’t need to pair it with anything. But when I tried my first Amaretto cheesecake at ALDI, they brought out this Moiselle Pink Moscato to go with it, and it was perfection! Sommelier Leslee Miller instructed us to leave some cheesecake on our tongues, then sip the wine and let the flavors come together. It was like I was eating the tastiest cherry ever!

Needless to say, I never serve this cheesecake without a glass of pink Moscato on the side. It’s such a heavenly combination of flavors!

How to Store Homemade Cheesecake

Leftover Amaretto cheesecake should be stored well-covered in the fridge. Enjoy it within 3-4 days for the best results.

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, this cheesecake can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Wrap the entire thing or individual slices in two layers of plastic wrap. Thaw out frozen cheesecake in the fridge overnight before enjoying it.

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An almond mousse cheesecake on a serving platter with one slice removed and featured in the background
Recipe

Amaretto Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
  • Yield: 13
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This homemade Amaretto Cheesecake is thick, creamy, and full of Amaretto flavor. It’s paired with a crunchy wafer crust, topped with a soft and fluffy mousse, then finished off with a sprinkle of sliced almonds. You won’t be able to stop eating it!


Ingredients

For the Vanilla Wafer Crust

  • 2 1/4 cups (302g) vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 10 tbsp (140g) salted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar

For the Amaretto Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 oz (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (230g) sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 5 tbsp (75g) amaretto liqueur
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

For the Amaretto Mousse

  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp (270ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (36g) powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) amaretto liqueur
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 6 ounces (169g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • Sliced almonds

Instructions

Make the Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
  3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  4. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in (see how I prepare my pan for a water bath). Set prepared pan aside.

Make the Filling

  1. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low speed until completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sour cream, almond extract and amaretto and mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  5. Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust.
  6. Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
  8. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
  9. Crack the door of the oven for 20-30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
  10. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until firm, 5-6 hours or overnight.

Make the Mousse

  1. When cheesecake has chilled and is firm, make mousse topping. Add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, amaretto and almond extract to a large mixing bowl and whip oh high speed until stiff peaks form. Set whipped cream aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese in two parts until well combined.
  4. Remove cooled cheesecake from springform pan and place on a serving platter. Top the cheesecake with about half of the mousse, then use the remaining mousse to pipe a border around the edge of the cheesecake. The mousse will be a little softer at first, but firm up as it cools in the fridge.
  5. Sprinkle cheesecake with sliced almonds and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

Makes 12-14 slices

  • To Store: This cheesecake is best when stored well-covered in the fridge and eaten within 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze this for up to 2 months. Wrap the entire cheesecake or individual slices in two layers of plastic wrap. Thaw frozen cheesecake in the fridge before enjoying.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 511
  • Sugar: 29 g
  • Sodium: 237.4 mg
  • Fat: 36.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
  • Protein: 8.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 142.8 mg

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81 Comments
  1. Rose

    I loved this recipe. My family all raved about how delicious the amaretto cheesecake tasted. It was pretty to serve for a holiday meal. Thank you so much!

  2. Rose

    I loved this recipe. My family all raved about how delicious the amaretto cheesecake tasted. It was pretty to serve for a holiday meal. Thank you s much!

  3. Jeanette

    Best cheesecake recipe ever. I am sure I have made over 100 different kinds of cheesecakes over the years. This without a doubt it is the best one ever. Everyone raved over this cheesecake. I made it exactly as the recipe called for but used Oreo’s for the crust minus the insides. I also made a red raspberry sauce and sprinkled almonds on each slice individually as not everyone likes nuts. I have already been asked to make it again.

  4. Rita

    I made this and my family said it was better than anything they had ever had. In making for 2nd time I realized I put an extra 4 oz of cream cheese in it. Hope it’s just as good without it lol

  5. Susan Blakey

    I added an amaretto raspberry sauce and sugered raspberries for decor. Omitted the slivered almonds. Served for Christmas. Very festive and absolutely delicious. Making it today for the second time!!!!! Love love love this.

  6. Julie W

    Absolutely delicious. I’ve had rave reviews by friends and family telling me the best they have had by far.

  7. Leah

    When I took my cheesecake out of the oven after following the cooling instructions it had pulled away from the sides springform a little (I wasn’t sure if that was normal) I don’t remember that happening to me before with other cheesecakes, it also looked almost shiny or rubbery on the outside. There were no cracks or anything very smooth. I have not cut it because I am making it for a work party, But am trying to decide if I need to re-do before I take it or if it sounds like how it should look

      1. P. Lee

        I made this the first time for Thanksgiving and it was so great.. First time I ever made cheesecake. My husband loved it. Made it for work and everyone said it was the best cheesecake ever. I wanted to make mini 4″ cheesecakes as gifts for people. Do you think this recipe will work for the mini cheesecakes?

      2. Lindsay

        Everyone has enjoyed it! I’m sure it would be fine as mini cheesecakes. I just haven’t made any that size so I’m not sure what to recommend for the baking time.

  8. Karen Morjig

    I live at 6,800 feet and have had trouble making a decent cheesecake. I made this for my Supper Group and it was perfect! Creamy, no cracking on the top, and, oh, so rich! People thought it had been made professionally in a bakery. One tip about the water bath – put the cake pan into a slow cooker liner before wrapping it in tin foil as the tin foil can develop cracks, thus letting in water.

  9. Anne Z.

    Your recipe is perfect – no need to change a thing. The cooling instructions are just right in order to prevent cracking. I’ve made a lot of cheesecakes, but this one just looked flawless and tasted incredible. A huge success!

  10. David Barnett

    I tried to make this with little success. To the person reasonable for the cooking and whipping times you should really look at them. This was the first cheese cake I had ever attempted. When I follow a receipt I assume all the times, temp’s and measurements are correct. So needless to say I cooked my first cheese cake for over an hour and a half and I’m sure you can guess how it came out. Other than that it had a great taste and I look forward to trying this again and not over cooking it next time.

    1. Lindsay

      Hi David – everything is correct as written. Perhaps your oven temperature runs a little high? Also, did you happen to decide to not use the water bath? That would make a big difference to baking time and how the cheesecake turns out.

      1. David Barnett

        Yes I did use the water bath and my oven temp was correct (I used a oven thermostat to make sure). I don’t have a window in my oven so I was relying on your times. When I checked my cheese cake at the hour and a half mark the top was burnt. I am trying this again tonight so cross your fingers and I will let you know how it comes out.

      2. David

        Lindsay I can only give you 4 out of 5 stars because it took me 2 trys to get it right. I only cooked my cheese cake for about an hour at 300 degrees. I don’t know if it’s because I have a gas oven and you have an electric oven, but anyway it turned out great. I will use this receipt again in the future, but with my time corrections. I would like to thank you for this yummy receipt.

      3. David Barnett

        Hey, I just thought I would give you an update. I have put myself on a gluten free diet and today I’m in the process of making a gluten free cheese cake. I replaced the regular flour with a gluten free and only used the almond extract. I will let you know how it turns out

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