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Mexican Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake

This Mexican Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake comes with a spiced gingerbread crust, a generous splash of Kaluah and Mexican chocolate sauce for the ultimate holiday decadence!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 17 mins
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 472kcal



  • 12 ounce ginger snaps finely crushed
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 3 tablets Mexican chocolate melted

Mexican Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ounce tablet Mexican chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder optional for thicker chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur optional


  • To Make Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Assemble a 9-inch springform pan with the raised side of the bottom facing down.
  • Place gingersnaps in food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Move ginger crumbs to small bowl and add melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of springform pan. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet; bake 10 minutes, and set aside.
  • To Make Filling:
  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, salt, and cream cheese. Add vanilla and mix 1 minute. Add eggs to cream cheese mixture, one at a time.
  • Add cream, milk, Kahlua, and melted chocolate; blend until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • Pour filling onto crust, and bake just until set, 1 hour. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven, without opening (this helps prevent cracking).
  • Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan (this helps prevent cracking, too); leave in pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate, at least 6 hours, preferably overnight so the flavors have time to blend and the texture becomes nice and firm.
  • Unmold cheesecake. As an option drizzle some Mexican Chocolate Sauce over each slice.
  • To make Chocolate Sauce:
  • Heat 1/2 cup cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until cream comes to a low boil.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add Mexican chocolate. Let chocolate sit in the hot cream 3 to 5 minutes to soften, and then whisk chocolate together with the cream. Stir in butter, cocoa powder (optional), vanilla, cinnamon, and liqueur (optional).
  • If chocolate becomes too thick, stir in more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, to desired consistency.


  • Do you see the cracks on my cheesecake? My mom said it cracked because I removed the cheesecake too soon from the oven after baking it. The trick to preventing cracks in a cheesecake is to turn off the oven and let the cheesecake sit inside the oven for an hour.
  • A tip to cutting clean cheesecake slices is to use a knife dipped in warm water.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 843IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg