Delicious Mocha Cheesecake with Crumb Crust Recipe

Welcome, dear readers, to my culinary haven, where you’ll find all sorts of recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Today, I would like to introduce you to my latest creation – the Mocha Crumb Crust Cheesecake recipe.

Coffee lovers unite! I believe that coffee has the uncanny ability to bring people together and create a sense of camaraderie. And what better way to do so than over a slice of heavenly cheesecake?

Now, let me tell you a little bit about this particular recipe. This decadent dessert features a delectable mocha-flavored crumb crust that is topped with layers of luscious cream cheese filling, infused with rich chocolate and coffee flavor.

You see, the mocha crumb crust gives this cheesecake an extra-special touch that sets it apart from the others. The combination of coffee and chocolate creates a perfect balance of flavors, which will surely leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

I invite you to join me in taking your love for coffee and cheesecake to new heights with this scrumptious Mocha Crumb Crust Cheesecake recipe. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake
Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake

Dear coffee and chocolate lovers,

Are you looking for a delicious and decadent dessert recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings? Look no further than this mocha crumb crust cheesecake recipe. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist this heavenly combination of chocolate and coffee.

What makes this recipe so special, you ask? Well, first of all, it starts with a thick and buttery crumb crust made with the perfect blend of graham cracker and Oreo cookie crumbs. But that’s not all – we add instant espresso powder to take the crust to the next level with a bold coffee flavor.

Next comes the layer of creamy and smooth mocha cheesecake filling, which is made with cream cheese, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and a touch of strong brewed coffee. This layered mocha cheesecake is not only rich and indulgent but also has the perfect balance between chocolate and coffee flavors.

To top it off, we have a decadent chocolate ganache drizzled over the mocha cheesecake. This takes the recipe to another level by adding a luxurious texture and intense chocolate flavor.

So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s easy to make (even for beginner bakers), it combines two beloved flavors in one dessert, and it’s incredibly rich and satisfying. Plus, it’s perfect for any occasion – from a fancy dinner party to a casual get-together with friends.

Trust me, once you try this mocha crumb crust cheesecake recipe, you’ll never want to go back to plain old cheesecake again. So go ahead, indulge yourself in some heavenly chocolate-coffee goodness – you deserve it!


Your fellow coffee and chocolate lover.

Ingredient List

 A crusty love affair with chocolate and coffee 🍫☕️
A crusty love affair with chocolate and coffee 🍫☕️

Here are the ingredients needed for Mocha Crumb Crust Cheesecake Recipe:

For the Mocha Crumb Crust

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 8 tablespoons/1 stick/113 grams of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso mixed with 1 tablespoon hot water (or strong coffee)

For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 oz. /3 packages of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso, cooled (use the instant espresso powder dissolved in hot water)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 8 oz./227g sour cream

Optional Garnish

  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Note that if you prefer an Oreo crumb crust, you can replace the graham cracker crumbs with Oreo cookie crumbs in the same quantity.

The Recipe How-To

 Add a little extra oomph to your cheesecake game with this mocha crust 🍰
Add a little extra oomph to your cheesecake game with this mocha crust 🍰

Getting Started

To create this scrumptious Mocha Crumb Crust for your cheesecake, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients and utensils:


  • 1 1/4 cups of graham cracker wafer crumbs (about 12-14 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Hershey cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of instant espresso or coffee powder
  • 6 tbsp of melted unsalted butter


  • A 9-inch springform pan
  • A mixing bowl
  • A measuring cup and spoons
  • A mixing spoon

Making the Crust

Making the Mocha Crumb Crust is an easy process that starts with crushing graham crackers (or chocolate wafers) into fine crumbs.

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, Hershey cocoa and instant espresso or coffee powder. Mix well.
  3. Add the melted butter to the mixture and mix again until everything is well combined.

Baking the Crust

The next step in making this Mocha Crumb Crust Cheesecake Recipe is baking the crust. Once your mixture is combined, it’s time to press it into your springform pan.

  1. Transfer the crust mixture into the springform pan.
  2. Use a spoon or spatula to press the mixture firmly against the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

And there you have it, a perfect crust for your cheesecake recipe! This chocolatey sweet crust will be perfect for your layered mocha cheesecake or any other favorite flavor you might choose!

Substitutions and Variations

 Crumbly, chocolatey, and the perfect base for any cheesecake 🤤
Crumbly, chocolatey, and the perfect base for any cheesecake 🤤

My dear reader, if you’re feeling adventurous and looking to experiment with different flavors and ingredients, you might want to try these substitutions and variations of the Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake Recipe:

– Instead of using graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs, you can use Oreo cookie crumbs for a chocolatey crust. The dark color will provide an elegant contrast to the light-colored cheesecake filling.

– For a crunchier texture, try substituting part of the butter with melted chocolate or chocolate chips. You can also add some chopped nuts or cocoa nibs for a nutty flavor.

– If you’re not a fan of coffee, you can replace the instant espresso with hot cocoa mix or hot chocolate powder. You’ll get a similar richness and sweetness without the caffeine kick.

– To make a low-carb version of this recipe, substitute the sugar with a low-carb sweetener, such as Stevia or erythritol. You’ll be able to enjoy the decadent mocha flavor without compromising your health goals.

– If you want to jazz up your cheesecake topping, try making a chocolate ganache by melting together semisweet or bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream, then pouring it over the top of your cheesecake. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder or shaved chocolate on top for extra flair.

– For a delightful twist, you can turn this recipe into Mini Cheesecakes or Biscoff Cheesecake by using muffin tins instead of a full-size springform pan. You could also experiment with adding other flavors such as raspberry or caramel.

Remember that no matter how you choose to customize this Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake Recipe, it’s always best to stay creative and have fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 Take a moment to savor the aroma of cocoa and coffee as you prepare this crust 🔍
Take a moment to savor the aroma of cocoa and coffee as you prepare this crust 🔍

Once your mocha crumb crust cheesecake is baked to perfection, it’s time to consider how you’ll be serving and pairing it. As a seasoned barista and cheesecake enthusiast, I can tell you that this dessert pairs beautifully with a hot cup of coffee, using the same espresso or coffee used in the recipe for an extra kick of flavor.

The crust provides a delicious crunch while the decadent mocha cheesecake filling will melt in your mouth, sending your taste buds on a flavor journey reminiscent of a creamy layered mocha latte. To cut through the richness of the cheesecake, I recommend serving it with fresh raspberries or drizzled with tart cherry sauce. The sweetness of the fruit perfectly balances with the smooth chocolatey goodness of the dessert.

For those who enjoy a boozy twist on their desserts, consider pairing this mocha cheesecake with a glass of red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The full-bodied notes match well with the bold flavors in the cake and provide a sophisticated finish to any dinner party.

If you’re feeling creative and want to try something different, serve mini portions by creating mini cheesecakes on top of chocolate ganache in shot glasses! Additionally, you could even create a pie using this mocha crumb crust by simply taking out the cream cheese and sugar mixture and replacing it with your favorite pie filling.

No matter how you decide to serve it, this easy Philadelphia mocha cheesecake is sure to become your go-to dessert recipe for every occasion. Bon Appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Because sometimes plain old graham cracker crust just won't cut it 🙅‍♀️
Because sometimes plain old graham cracker crust just won’t cut it 🙅‍♀️

If you’re planning to make this mocha crumb crust for cheesecake recipe ahead of time or if you have any leftovers, here are some helpful tips on storing and reheating it.

Firstly, if you plan to make the crust ahead of time for use later, you can store it in the freezer for up to a month. Make sure to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and put it inside an airtight container before freezing it.

Secondly, if you have any extra crust after making your cheesecake, you can simply store it in the fridge for up to a week. Put it in a tightly sealed container so that it maintains its freshness and texture.

Thirdly, if you want to reheat the crust, I recommend baking it on a baking sheet at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. This will lightly toast the crumbs and give them back their crunchiness without compromising their flavor.

If you’re looking for other ways to incorporate this crust into your dishes, you can try using it as a base for frozen mocha or mini cheesecakes. You can also experiment with different types of cheesecake flavors such as coffee or biscoff cheesecake or add a chocolate ganache topping.

Remember, just because this mocha crumb crust is easy doesn’t mean its taste is. So make the most of your delicious crust today!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This mocha crust will give your cheesecake a little kick in the pants 👊
This mocha crust will give your cheesecake a little kick in the pants 👊

Now that you have the recipe’s main steps memorized, let’s dive into some tips that will ensure your mocha cheesecake with a crumb crust turns out perfectly.

First tip: If you love a strong coffee flavor, replace the instant espresso with instant coffee or make it double strength. This substitution will enhance the flavor of the mocha cheesecake.

Second tip: Make sure to use room temperature cream cheese to avoid lumps in your cheesecake mixture. Softening it beforehand is important for mixing it with other ingredients like sugar and cocoa powder. Mixing them well is crucial for a decadent mocha flavor.

Third tip: For an easy-to-remove cheesecake from the pan, line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper. After removing it from the oven, let it cool off for 10 to 15 minutes before removing it from the pan by running a knife around its edges then using a spatula uplift it on the parchment paper.

Fourth tip: Pre-baking your chocolate crust for about 10 minutes ensures that it won’t turn soggy under the weight of the cheesecake filling once baked. Make sure to check on it occasionally so that it doesn’t over-bake and become burnt.

Fifth tip: When making individual cheesecakes, use cupcake liners to shape each one and ensure they won’t stick together. Perfect for parties, these mini cheesecakes are an easy way to enjoy this delicious recipe without having to slice a larger cake.

And last but not least, sixth tip: To get an extra coffee flavor in your crust, add crushed cookies like Biscoff or other flavored cookies instead of graham crackers or Oreos to make different crusts such as vanilla wafer crust or other flavored crusts.

With these simple tips, you can ensure you have perfect results every time you set out to make this delectable mocha cheesecake with its crumb crust.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake Recipe is a must-try for all coffee lovers out there. This recipe combines the rich flavors of mocha and coffee with the creamy goodness of cheesecake to create a decadent dessert that is sure to impress. With an easy-to-follow recipe and simple ingredients, you can bake this delicious dish in no time at all.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations in this recipe. Whether you use graham crackers or Oreos for the crust, or add in extra chocolate or caramel toppings, the possibilities are endless.

So next time you’re looking for a delicious dessert to serve at your next gathering or simply just to indulge in yourself, give this Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake Recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake

Mocha Crumb Crust for Cheesecake Recipe

I saw a cheesecake recipe on the Hershey's website which had a separate recipe for a mocha crumb crust. I haven't tried it yet but I think it would be a great change from a regular graham crust or chocolate crust on a plain cheesecake.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9 inch crust
Calories 2161.2 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 40 wafers, crushed)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hershey's cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon powdered instant espresso or 1 teaspoon coffee
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Stir together crumbs, sugar, cocoa and instant espresso in medium bowl.
  • Add butter; stir until well blended.
  • Press mixture firmly onto bottom and 1-inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake 8 minutes; cool slightly.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 431gCalories: 2161.2kcalCarbohydrates: 264.4gProtein: 17gFat: 118.4gSaturated Fat: 52.9gCholesterol: 162.5mgSodium: 1409.6mgFiber: 9.7gSugar: 50g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Cheesecake, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive, Sweet
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