Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake


Rich, creamy, and oh-so-seductive, this luxurious cheesecake is sure to impress even the most discerning dinner guests. Hazelnuts, like most other nuts, have a high fat content, making them particularly susceptible to rancidity. Extend their shelf life by storing in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 cup ground toasted hazelnuts* (filberts) or almonds

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 4 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 5 eggs

  • cup chopped toasted hazelnuts* (filberts) or almonds

  • ¼ cup hazelnut liqueur or amaretto

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur or amaretto


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. For crust, in a small bowl combine the 1 cup ground hazelnuts and melted butter. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the 2/3 cup chopped hazelnuts and the 1/4 cup liqueur. Pour filling over crust, spreading evenly.

  3. Bake about 1 hour or until a 2 1/2-inch area around outside edge appears set and center appears nearly set when gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a knife, loosen edge of cheesecake from side of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove side of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack (about 1 1/4 hours). Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

  4. To serve, in a medium bowl combine whipping cream and the 2 tablespoons liqueur. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Top each serving of cheesecake with whipped cream.


To toast hazelnuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until nuts are light golden brown, stirring once or twice. Wrap warm nuts in a clean kitchen towel. Rub nuts in towel to remove any loose skins; cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
43g Fat
25g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 291mg 6%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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