Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

by Erica Dinho on December 2, 2012

Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

Dulce de Leche, Coconut and Cheesecake, what could taste better than this heavenly combination of ingredients? Today I’m sharing a must-try dessert, Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes, a sweet indulgence to brighten your day. As a food blogger, I love to take classic recipes and add my own Latin touch.

These easy to prepare mini cheese cakes are fabulous for dinner parties and can be made in advance for convenience. Of course you could make the dulce de leche from scratch if you prefer, but store bought should save some time and be easier for you. This version of cheesecake is creamy, has just the right amount of sweetness, and the texture was fantastic.

Buen provecho!

Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes



(12 mini cheesecakes)

    Coconut-Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of sweet shredded coconut, plus more for garnish

For the filling:
16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup dulce de leche
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract


  1. Preheat an oven to 325°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, shredded coconut and the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir until blended. Divide the mixture among the prepared pan. Using the bottom of a small glass or a spoon, press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the liners. Bake the crusts for about 8 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool.
  4. Make the cheesecake mixture: Using an electric mixer, add the cream cheese and dulce de leche and beat on low speed until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often.
  5. Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

  6. Add the sugar and continue mixing until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, then the coconut milk and coconut extract, using a spatula to scrape down the bowl between additions, and beat until just combined.
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  8. Pour the filling into the crusts, dividing it evenly among each liner. Bake until the filling is set, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer the pan to the wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days before serving. Top with shredded coconut before serving.
  9. Dulce de Leche and Coconut Mini Cheesecakes

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa December 3, 2012 at 6:38 AM

The answer is..probably nothing. These are precious!


2 Erica December 3, 2012 at 7:38 AM



3 Raquel (Thoughtful Eating) December 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Those look so good! You can’t go wrong with some dulce de leche and coconut. Delicioso!


4 Erica December 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Thank you!


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

These mini cheesecakes look divine! I adore dulce de leche.


6 Erica December 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM



7 grace December 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

what a great one-two punch of flavor!


8 Erica December 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Thanks,Grace!These are delicious!


9 Juliana December 4, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Wow Erica…great combination, love both layers, the crust with coconut and the dulce the leche cheesecake :)
Have a great week!


10 Amy (Savory Moments) December 5, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Ooooo – these look so delicious! They would be difficult to resist!


11 Jenn and Seth December 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

these are so cute and sound soooo delicious!! awesome job!


12 Alicia December 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

These look amazing! Would love to try them. Can Dulce de Leche be purchased in store?


13 Erica December 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM



14 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! December 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Que cute, Erica.


15 shannon December 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

oh my gosh, two of my favorite things :) yum!!


16 Jeannette December 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Se puede hacer un cheesecake grande?


17 Erica December 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM



18 Jeannette December 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Me guias un poco, porfa? Por cuanto tiempo lo horneo?


19 Ty December 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I made these yesterday and they were a huge hit! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. It was perfect! They brought smiles to everyone who tried them!


20 Andrea Klein December 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Making these right now for New Year’s Eve….so excited to taste them! Erica, your recipes are amazing and are helping me get back in touch with my Colombian roots!


21 Erica December 31, 2012 at 8:24 AM



22 claudia November 28, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I made this last night!I will let you know how they liked it


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