Snickerdoodle Cheesecake is a creamy cheesecake with a snickerdoodle cookie crust and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top. For a couple more snickerdoodle recipes, try my Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and Apple Pie Snickerdoodles!
I created this Snickerdoodle Cheesecake recipe because we are obsessed with all things snickerdoodle! When trying to replicate the amazing flavor of a snickerdoodle cookie in a cheesecake I knew I wanted it to have two things–amazing creaminess and tons of cinnamon! This recipe does all that and then some. Because cinnamon was the star of this recipe I wanted to make sure I was using the best quality cinnamon I could get my hands on. And it just so happens that the best cinnamon is one that is easily available at every grocery store! You guessed it, McCormick.
Snickerdoodle Cookie Crust
Snickerdoodle Cookies–I encourage you to make your own snickerdoodle cookies for this recipe. You could half the recipe and use 12 of the cookies. Plus, you would still have a dozen cookies left over to eat on your own!
If you are deadset against snickerdoodle crust in your snickerdoodle cheesecake, some readers mentioned that cinnamon graham crackers work as well.
How to Make the Cheesecake Filling
Once you have your cookie crust in the springform pan, it’s time to make the filling.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, flour, vanilla, and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Stir in the slightly beaten eggs.
What is a Springform Pan?
A springform pan is a good choice for any cheesecake recipe because it has removable sides. You won’t have to mess up your dessert by trying to get the cheesecake out of the pan! If you do not have a springform pan, I recommend using a disposable aluminum pan that you can cut off/easily pull away after your cheesecake is done.
A second option if you don’t have a springform pan would be to line a 10-inch cake pan with parchment paper, leaving plenty of the paper hanging over the side. With some help, you and your extra set of hands can carefully lift the cheesecake out of the pan.
How to Store Cheesecake
Cheesecakes are rich and filling, so even though you may want to eat the entire cheesecake in one sitting, it’s not always (if ever) possible. So, how do you store it to eat when you are craving a bite later? One easy way is to cover the cheesecake and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. If you tightly wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container, it will last up to 3 days in the fridge.
To freeze a cheesecake:
- Let the cheesecake cool completely.
- Place the cheesecake (uncovered) in the freezer for about an hour. I suggest that if you are keeping the cheesecake pie in the springform pan, remove the sides of the pan.
- After the hour in the freezer, take the cheesecake off the pan (you may have to pry it off with a knife), and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
- Place the wrapped cheesecake into a zipped freezer bag or wrap it in aluminum foil. Be sure to label and date the cheesecake.
More Cheesecake Recipes
- 1 ½ cups snickerdoodle cookie crumbs, about 12 cookies
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 packages (16 total ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Add the melted butter to the snickerdoodle cookie crumbs and, using a fork, mix well. You want every crumb coated in the butter as this will be the glue that holds it together. If you are using store-bought cookies, you may need to add more butter.
- Pour the coated snickerdoodle crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan. Pat them flat with your hand and then use a kitchen glass to press flatter.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F. While baking, prepare the topping and filling.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- In a small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside until you have made the filling.
Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Filling
- In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, flour, vanilla, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in the beaten eggs.
- After the crust has baked for 10 minutes, pour the cream cheese mixture into the pan, spreading evenly with a spoon or off-set spatula.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping over the filling as evenly as possible.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cheesecake is dark brown and does not giggle aggressively in the center. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
- Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
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This recipe was updated in November of 2020. I changed the crust to be a Snickerdoodle Cookie Crust instead of the cinnamon sugar crust. This small change has made the most AMAZING cheesecake even more amazing!! These are the images from the previous recipe. 🙂
This is delish! I made the recommended snickerdoodle cookies, which were delish as well. I did do a water bath for the cake and cooked it for almost an hour and it was perfect! smooth, creamy and just like a snickerdoodle cookie.. I did have some water leak into the foil so I didn’t insulate well enough but it didn’t hurt it too much. I let it sit 4 hours out and then in the fridge 16 hours and then had a slice to make sure its worthy to take to the party. Its def staying on the make again list!
I made two rounds of this into mini cheesecakes. First batch I followed the recipe exactly and the crust turned out soft and a little mushy, as well as my cream cheese was too cold and it was lumpy. Second round I cut the sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup to more closely mirror other cheesecake recipes which let the cinnamon come through better. I also heated the cream cheese before mixing (target 70F), and cooked the crust – after pressing the crust I froze for 10 mins, baked for 10 mins, then let it cool before adding the filling. The result was a much more distinct – not mushy but not hard crust. I also topped with some whipped cream that I made with cream of tartar & cinnamon and decorated with tiny slices of my left over snicker doodle cookies to make them a little fancier.
One important ingredient of a snickerdoodle cookie is cream of tartar can that be added into the cheese cake mixture ?
I have made this cheesecake so many times over the past few years. It is my boyfriends ultimate favourite dessert.
So am I think only one who noticed that the instructions say “Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cheesecake is dark brown and does not GIGGLE aggressively in the center.”
That had me dying. Lol
Omg yes I noticed. I open up the oven after 40 minutes and said “Knock, knock!” Not even a SNICKER from my cheesecake! Wouldn’t even crack a smile, let alone giggle!! My house must be the No Fun Zone. But it was a delicious cheesecake that was a hit at the New Year’s party!
I made this for my Mom’s 71st birthday yesterday & it was FANTASTIC! 1st homemade cheesecake I ever made. My family said it was better than Cheesecake Factory. I followed recipe & didn’t change anything. I used Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle cookie mix & it was a great choice. I will definitely make this again & check out other recipes from you. WOW!
What can be used in place of egg?? I have a Granddaughter that is allergic.