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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with a Homemade Cookie Crust

With Valentine’s in the month of February, there’s no way I could just feature one dessert. Which is why I plan to share dessert recipes every week this whole month!  I think I’ll call it, February Sweetness Month….starting with a delicious creamy, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.

Why cheesecake and not chocolate?  Look, we all know Chocolate takes the cake (get it?, ha!) when it comes to Valentine’s.  As a matter of fact, just to make this article a little more interesting, 58 Million pounds of chocolate is purchased during the week of Valentine’s Day. If you love those cute oversized heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, it is said that 36 Million boxes are purchased on cupids day.  That’s nuts!  Well, what about those who don’t like chocolate? I think we should make them a cheesecake, but not an ordinary cheesecake – let’s bake a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake!

Dulce de Leche with Homemade Cookie Crust Recipe

Desserts & sweets have always played a critical role in the month of February.  After all, its inspired by LOVE and who doesn’t love desserts?  With so many amazing dessert recipes available online, I selected a few recipes that I felt were easy to make, and also included my Latina culture.  Which is why I have partnered with Goya Foods this month to create weekly desserts inspired by love & culture.  Plus, I LOVE Dulce de Leche and Ill take anything made with the luscious caramel flavor over chocolate anytime!  Can I get an Amen!

This Dulce de Leche recipe is so easy to make and I love how it only requires 7 ingredients.  There’s a delicious twist to this recipe besides the obvious dulce de leche flavor, the crust is made with Goya Maria Cookies.  Oh man, when you take your first bite of the creamy, caramel cheesecake with the flavor of childhood cookie memories, you’re in LOVE.  After making this cheesecake, I can’t imagine eating any other cheesecakes that don’t have dulce de leche.  That’s how much I love it.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with a Homemade Cookie Crust


  • 1 pkg. (7 oz.) GOYA® Maria Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) GOYA® Sweetened and Condensed Milk
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. GOYA® Vanilla Extract
  • 1 bottle (14 oz.) GOYA® Dulce de Leche, divided


  1. Heat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Place cookies in bowl of food processor. Pulse 30 seconds, or until finely ground. Then transfer cookie crumbs to bowl (there should be about 2 cups). Add butter, stirring until combined.
  3. Transfer cookie mixture to 8” spring form pan. Using your fingers, press cookie crumbs evenly onto bottom and sides of pan. Bake until firm and fragrant, 7 – 10 minutes; cool on a rack.
  4. In bowl of electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add condensed milk; beat until smooth, 1 minute. Beat in eggs, vanilla and 3 tbsp. dulce de leche until combined, 3 minutes.
  5. Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake until golden brown and set, but still wiggly in the middle, 45 – 55 minutes. Turn off oven; partially open oven door. Let cake sit in oven until room temperature, about 1 hour.
  6. Transfer cake to refrigerator; cool completely, at least 4 hours.
  7. Remove cheesecake from pan. Place remaining dulce de leche in zip-top bag. Using scissors, snip small hole in corner of bag. Applying even pressure on “pastry bag,” make swirly designs on top of cake; slice and serve.

What is Dulce de Leche?

Never tried or used Dulce de leche before?  Let me educate you a bit so you know why this caramel syrup like ingredient is loved all over the world.  Dulce de leche  is a confection prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that derives its taste from the Maillard reaction, changing flavor and color. Literally translated, it means “Jam [made] of milk” or “sweet [made] of milk.” Its origin is a highly debated topic and it is popular in most Latin American countries, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

 Many use it to flavor candies or other sweet foods, such as cakes, churros, cookies (like alfajores), waffles, flan, and ice creams; it provides the “toffee” part of English Banoffee pie and is also a popular spread on pancakes and toast, while the French confiture de lait is commonly served with fromage blanc. – Wikipedia

This recipe was inspired from Goya Foods.  For more delicious Goya recipes, visit their website.

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Chat with you next week when I feature my next sweet dessert. I’m so excited!  If you decide to make this cheesecake, make sure you tag me on social media.  Love to see your creations. #sparklinglala

About the author

Hi, my name is Lala Castro and I take pictures of my food and travel adventures (also, my friends pitch in). I love different foods from all over the world and enjoy it with a glass of wine. All though I'm a foodie, I'm also a passionate geek at heart. In fact, sometimes you'll see me covering tech segments on Univision. Follow me on Instagram if you want to know more about me: @sparklinglala

  • suzanne - February 16, 2017

    This looks heavenly! I might just need to make it 🙂

    • Lala Castro - February 17, 2017

      I think you’ll love it 😉

  • Emily - February 12, 2017

    I love cheesecake and this looks so delicious!

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      Thank you! I think you’ll love it.

  • Mary - February 11, 2017

    I’m wanting some cheesecake right now! I can’t wait to give your recipe a try.

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      No regrets. I promise you. 😉

  • anne @onedeterminedlife - February 11, 2017

    Oh man, this looks so good! I want to eat it off the page.

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      he he

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen - February 11, 2017

    This cheesecake looks amazing! Dulce de leche is one of my husband’s favorites. He would love this.

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      You’ll love how easy it is to make too! 😉

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife - February 11, 2017

    This cheesecake is beautiful!! Love dulce de leche – I bet it tastes as AMAZING as it looks!

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      Oh man, I couldn’t stop eating it!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms - February 11, 2017

    Yum! This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      Let me know how it turns out!

  • hal - February 11, 2017

    this looks amazing – totally going to try it!

    • Lala Castro - February 13, 2017

      Yes!! You’ll love it!

  • Bella - February 10, 2017

    Wow this looks so good!!! I wanna make this so much. I love cheesecake

    • Lala Castro - February 11, 2017

      Thanks Bella! It was so easy to make. You’ll be making tons of it once you see how easy it is. 😉 #danger

  • Jessica Sheppard - February 10, 2017

    Dulce de leche cheesecake?! Yes, please! I LOVE caramel too, pick it over chocolate any day. Love your post and just so excited to try this delish recipe!

    • Lala Castro - February 11, 2017

      Thanks Jessica! Let me know how it turns out for you. If you love dulce de leche, try the ice cream recipe too!

  • Jennifer - February 10, 2017

    This looks heavenly!

    • Lala Castro - February 11, 2017

      Thanks Jennifer! Its one of my favorite cheesecakes so far!

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa - February 4, 2017

    Looks amazing. I only know one person that doesn’t like chocolate. I have no idea why. This is wonderful alternative!

    • Lala Castro - February 6, 2017

      I know two who don’t like chocolate, one of them was my mom. I know she would be all over this cheesecake! he he

  • Christine Beligan - February 4, 2017

    Hi LaLa I didn’t realize you are a food blogger too! I love this recipe. It’s beautiful!

    • Lala Castro - February 6, 2017

      That’s how my blogging all started, but it was originally all about cupcakes. Now it’s evolved to more than cupcakes. 😉

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