August 2, 2021| By

Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
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Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake is a crust-less dessert baked at a high temperature with a caramelized exterior and a sweet, creamy center. One slice of this will have you and your guests in complete bliss!

So, you're craving delicious cheesecake? Then you have to check out this Apple Pie Stuffed Cheesecake, Matcha Cheesecake, No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake and the Snickerdoodle Cheesecake with Cookie Whipped Cream.

Overhead view of sliced Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake

Looks can be decieving

I'm a big fan of cheesecake. Just when I thought I had seen it all, I found out about Basque Cheesecakes! It's a unique take on the classic dessert. I added my own spin to it by incorporating apple butter for a more complex/warm flavor profile. (It also adds some sweetness!)

Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake is a simple recipe that only appears to be involved. Because the point of this dessert is essentially to let it burn, it's a fool-proof method for baking cheesecake. This just might become your go-to dessert!

A sliced Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake with plates of individually sliced and plated cheesecakes in the foreground.

What is the difference between Basque cheesecake and normal cheesecake?


Originating in the Basque region of Spain, Basque cheesecake’s most distinct feature is its “burnt” exterior. If you peeked at the recipe, you may have noticed that Basque cheesecake has no crust. A natural crust forms because it is cooked at a high temperature. This "crust" is really just a caramelized mixture of sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon.

However, I can assure you it doesn't taste burnt! It's sweet, custardy, and smooth on the inside. The outer shell forms a crust-like texture that has a caramelized taste from being baked!

baking method

Traditional cheesecake is baked low and slow. However, this Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake only cooks for about 50 minutes! It needs no time in the fridge so the cooking and preparation time are much shorter. The end result is a light, airy texture that makes it more the consistency of a souffle than a typical cheesecake that is denser and rich. Serve Basque cheesecake at room temperature.

sliced cake on a cake stand with apples on top and cinnamon sticks in the background

what is apple butter?

Apple butter is a classic spread that consists of slowly cooked pureed apples. It’s essentially a concentrate of the fruit. The name derives from the consistency of the puree. It spreads like butter, making it the perfect addition to a recipe like this one!

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how to prepare apple butter basque cheesecake

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Then mix together room temperature cream cheese, sugar and, vanilla extract until smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Now add apple butter and continue to mix.

Next add eggs, once at a time. Fully incorporate each egg into the batter before adding the next one. As you continue to mix, slowly add heavy cream in increments of ¼ cup.

Now, in a separate bowl. whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt. Then mix it into the cream cheese mixture.

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and pour the batter into the pan. Combine sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of the batter. Save a little for after the cheesecake is finished baking. Bake for up to 55 minutes or until the cheesecake is golden brown on top.

Let the cheesecake cool before finally adding the remainder of the cinnamon sugar topping. You can add whipped cream and chopped apples. Enjoy!

A cheesecake on a cake stand topped with whipped ricotta and chopped cinnamon apples

apple butter basque cheesecake!

This dessert is an absolute must try. With Fall coming up, apple picking season is upon us! You don't need apples for this recipe specifically unless you're making your own apple butter. It's simple, easy, and so delicious.

A plated slice of Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake with apple and whipped cream topping

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Overhead view of sliced Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake

Apple Butter Basque Cheesecake

Serving: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 509kcal


  • 24 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1 c Apple Butter
  • 2 tsps Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs (room temperature)
  • ¾ cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsps Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt


  • ½ c Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment or a large bowl using a hand mixer, mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add apple butter and continue to mix.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated into batter before adding the next.
  • While continuously mixing, add heavy cream very slowly, in increments of ¼ cup at a time.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add to cream cheese mixture and mix until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another 10-15 seconds to ensure there are no clumps in the batter.
  • Spray a 9-inch springform pan with oil/nonstick spray. Pour batter into pan and tap against the counter/a hard surface to release any air bubbles.
  • Combine sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of batter, saving a little for after the cheesecake is finished baking.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the cheesecake is golden brown on top. Allow cake to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting/eating.
  • Optional: top with chopped apples and whipped ricotta and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar!


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Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 1255IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Spain-Inspired

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  1. Hello! I’d love to try this and wanted to know how long it holds up for? Can it be refrigerated a few days? Is it better served at room temp? Do the sides get soggy from refrigerating? Thank you kindly.

    • Hi Ziba! You can make this one day in advance, but it can be stored for up to 4 days. It shouldn't get soggy, if anything, it will get drier the longer its stored in the fridge so keep that in mind! Let me know what you think of the recipe, enjoy!

  2. This looks delicious! I’m going to make this for my mother in law’s birthday. If we are not eating it the same day it’s made, should it be stored in the fridge overnight?

    • Hi Hanna! I'm so excited for you to try this for your Mother in law's birthday! If you're going to make it ahead of time, absolutely store this in the fridge until you're ready to eat it. It'll last about 3 days in the fridge. I hope that you and your family love this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This cheesecake comes together so easily! The apple butter flavor really comes through and its so much simpler than a New York cheesecake, but just as creamy and delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    You have boosted my confidence with this recipe. It was my first try at a basque cheesecake and the instructions were SO helpful. Our cheesecake turned out perfect and I'll be making it again. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    You were absolutely right! This will no be my go-to dessert!! My basque cheesecake turned out so luscious and rich with the perfect caramelized crust! Like I can’t even believe I made this myself! Thank you so much for the recipe! There was not a crumb left after I shared it with my family.

  6. 5 stars
    This was my first time making a Basque cheesecake and I loved it! I had some apple butter on hand so it was so simple to put together.

  7. 5 stars
    This cheesecake was the buttery delicious my sweet needed. I love how simple and tasty this dessert was, I almost didn't want to share it.

  8. 5 stars
    This was my first time making basque cheesecake and it turned out perfectly! I loved the crunchy exterior so much! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I loved making this cheesecake so much! It was absolutely delicious. The sort of crunchy outside, with the velvety interior was just amazing. I cannot wait to make it again very soon!

  10. 5 stars
    This was such a great dessert. Great warm flavors, quick to assemble and even quicker to devour. Thanks for sharing.

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