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Nutella Cheesecake

This Nutella Cheesecake tastes like it came from a gourmet bakery. It's decadent, creamy, and full of Nutella flavor.

Nutella cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries on a white cake stand with a slice taken out.

Nutella Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Nutella and cream cheese blend perfectly together yielding an indulgent cheesecake that isn't overly sweet.

This recipe is baked at a lower temperature so it remains silky and smooth. It practically glides across the tongue leaving you wanting more.

I also have a nutella mousse cake and  no-bake Nutella cheesecake that will wow you! I highly recommend trying of those if you love this one!

I have a thing for cheesecake. It's one of my favorite indulgences. It's actually one of the first things I learned to bake.

Over the years I've played around with different recipes, methods, and techniques until I found what I truly enjoy in a cheesecake - the ultimate creamy texture.

While I do love my decadent smores cheesecake, there's flour in the filling which takes away from the silky texture. Many recipes call for the use of flour and I now try to avoid those recipes.

Today's recipe has zero flour and tons of Nutella. It's the ultimate creamy cheesecake and you are going to love it.

It's the same recipe I used for my chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. It's unbelievably decadent.

A slice of Nutella cheesecake on a white plate with fork holding a small bite.

Tips for a creamy baked Nutella Cheesecake

First, read my how to bake the best cheesecake post. Here I explain the basics for a baking a creamy cheesecake without cracks.

Follow the recipe exactly! There's a specific order for adding the ingredients in order to get the best results.

Today's recipe is baked at 300°F instead of 350°F. This lower temperature prevents the chocolate in the Nutella from drying out. A water bath is also a must.

If you prefer not to do a water bath, at least place a pan full of water on the lower rack of the oven so the heat is humid. The dry oven heat will do nothing good for your cheesecake.

Nutella cheesecake covered in nutella glaze topped with fresh strawberry slices on a white serving platter.

There's a lot of Nutella in this cheesecake! Because of this, the amount of cream cheese is reduced. I tested it with my usual four blocks of cream cheese and the texture wasn't where I wanted it to be.

I tried again with three blocks of cream cheese combined with two whole cups of Nutella. This is the perfect ratio.

Because the recipe calls for so much Nutella, I reduced the amount of sugar to ¾ cup. You can probably cut it down to ½ cup and still have a great tasting cheesecake.

The Nutella glaze is optional but highly recommended. It's a simple mixture of Nutella and heavy cream that goes over the cheesecake once it has been refrigerated overnight.

A slice of creamy nutella cheesecake on a white plate with a strawberry sitting next to it.

The glazed cheesecake needs to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour. I recommend cutting this creamy Nutella cheesecake while it's cold but let the slices sit a room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before you serve them.

The cheesecake is even easier to slice if it has been frozen for a couple hours. I actually stored mine in the freezer and cut the slices 15 minutes before serving them. It was perfection.

Nutella cheesecake is good cold but amazing at just under room temperature. Trust me!

Common questions about Nutella cheesecake

Can I use milk in place of heavy cream?

I don't recommend doing this. Milk is thinner than heavy cream and will affect the overall texture and baking time of the cheesecake.

Can I bake this in a store-bought, premade chocolate oreo crust in the pan already?

You can certainly give it a try but please know there's a lot of cheesecake batter. You will need two crust to hold all the batter.

Also, the bake times will vary since the pies will not be as tall and thick. Keep a close eye on it so you don't accidentally overbake it.

Can I bake this in a 10-inch springform pan?

Sure! The cheesecake just won't be as tall and thick.

Can I use whipped cream instead of heavy cream?

Store-bought whipped cream will not work. It contains extra ingredients that may interfere with how the cheesecake sets.

I'm in a hurry, must I refrigerate the cheesecake overnight?

In short yes. This cheesecake is a lot softer in texture than your typical cheesecake. At least 8 hours in the refrigerator are needed to ensure it sets properly.

For the crust, are the cookies mashed with the fudge filling or just the cookies?

There's no need to remove the filling from the cookie. Put the entire cookie in a food processor and pulse until it's broken down into fine crumbs.

Can I make this in the form of mini cheesecakes?

Yep. Just divide the crust and the batter between 24 muffin cups lined with paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes then turn the oven off and leave them in for another hour.

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This Nutella Cheesecake tastes like it came from a gourmet bakery. It's decadent, creamy, and full of Nutella flavor.

Nutella Cheesecake

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 11 hours 45 minutes

This Nutella Cheesecake tastes like it came from a gourmet bakery. It’s decadent, creamy, and full of Nutella flavor.


For the crust

  • 25 chocolate sandwich cookies (286 g), crushed into crumbs - Note 1
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • 24 ounces (678 g) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (560 g) Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature & lightly beaten

For the glaze

  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (280 g) Nutella


Make the crust

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Wrap the outer bottom of a 9-inch springform pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and about 2-inches up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool while you make the filling.

Make the filling

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 300ºF. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until completely smooth and creamy. Add the Nutella, vanilla, and salt. Beat on low speed until well blended and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the heavy cream. Continue to mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Using a silicone spatula, gently stir in the eggs just until combined. 
  5. Pour the batter over the crust in the prepared pan. Place the cheesecake inside a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. (Alternatively, you can place the roasting pan filled with water on the lower rack of the oven.)
  6. Bake for 1 hour, OR until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly. Turn the oven off, leave the cheesecake in the water bath in the oven for another hour.
  7. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and run a small knife around the outer edge of the cheesecake to loosen it from the pan. Allow it to cool completely to room temperature. (The cheesecake should not feel the slightest bit warm.) Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight.

Make the glaze

  1. Remove the sides of the pan and place the cheesecake on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium-low heat just until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the Nutella until completely smooth.
  3. Immediately pour the glaze over the top of the cheesecake and use an offset spatula to smooth it over, allowing the glaze to run over the edge and down the sides of the cheesecake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until the glaze has set.


  1. I used chocolate-filled Oreos. You can use regular Oreos or any other chocolate sandwich cookie you prefer. Use a food processor to pulse the cookies with their filling into fine crumbs.
  2. The texture of this cheesecake is softer and creamier than a typical cheesecake. It's more like a thick, silky mousse. Because of this, the cheesecake will be the easiest to slice when very cold or frozen. But, allow the slices to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving for optimal texture.
  3. The total time represents total rest and chill time. Plan ahead when making this recipe.
  4. Heavy cream is necessary. Do not attempt to use milk in place of it.
  5. Do not attempt to make this in a regular cake pan. First, regular cake pans are not tall enough to hold all the batter. Second, this cheesecake is mousse-like in texture and you will have one hell of a time trying to remove it from the pan.

Baking variation:

  • Bake the cheesecake in 24 muffin cups lined with paper for 20-25 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave them in for another hour.

Oven temps can vary which means your cheesecake may need more time to bake. You'll know it is done cooking when the outer edges of the cheesecake feel firm to the touch while the center looks wet and jiggles when shaken. If the cheesecake doesn't look this way after an hour of cooking, let it cook until it does. Then you can turn the oven off and let the cheesecake rest for another hour in the oven.

Make ahead tip

  1. The baked and chilled cheesecake will keep for up to 4 days covered tightly and stored in the refrigerator.
  2. The cheesecake will keep for up to 2 months covered tightly and stored in the freezer. Cut frozen and let the slices sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Stephanie T

Friday 24th of September 2021

This was one of the best desserts I have ever made! It was absolutely decadent!


Sunday 6th of June 2021

I baked this in a 3" tall cake pan instead of springform and just want to share my experience for others: I buttered the inside of the pan and lined with parchment paper on bottom and sides. Cooked in a waterbath, sitting the pan on top of a dishtowel in the water. After leaving the cheesecake in the fridge overnight, I put it in the freezer the next morning for about 2-3 hours. Then I dunked the bottom of the pan into about 2 inches of hot water from the sink in the roasting pan for 30 seconds or so to loosen the butter. Put a sheet of parchment paper on top of the cake, followed by a cutting board, then flipped it over, set the cutting board on top of a small bowl, and let the cake slide out of the pan. It looked absolutely beautiful even after I flipped it over onto its bottom on a different dish. I almost served it without glaze, even!

Anyway, this recipe was absolutely divine. We all loved it at our house. Thank you so much for taking the time to perfect and share it! It will definitely be a regular recipe in my future!

Daniel A.

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

I made this in a glass pie tin, instead of a spring form pan (mine broke!). It "cracked" in the oven, and it only got worse during cooling. Was it the fish I used, or did I make the filling incorrectly?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 20th of May 2021

A 9-inch pie pan will hold significantly less filling than a 9-inch springform. With the reduced amount of filling, the bake time will also need to be reduced. If you baked it per the recipe instructions, I imagine it was way overbaked which resulted in the cracking. Also, this recipe bakes best in a water bath.

Shilpa George

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Hi! This looks delicious. Do you think i could used this recipe for a Nutella cheesecake cake, as the middle layer, sandwiched by two chocolate cake layers? Or do you think it will be too soft?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

This is an extremely creamy cheesecake so I'm not so sure it will hold up well with a cake layer on top of it.

Zainab kashif

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Hi. I wanted to ask what temperature should we set as I don't have an oven of fahrenheit height temperature. I have a simple oven of degrees Celsius.....what should I do?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Google is your best friend when it comes to things like this. 350°F = 177°C & 300°F = 150°C

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