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Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

on June 25, 2021
last updated April 13, 2023
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This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake uses sweet cereal as a crunchy base to a creamy, silky filling to create the ultimate breakfast/dessert fusion.
Slice of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

Ever dreamed of combining your favorite breakfast cereal with your favorite decadent dessert? This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake is here to make your childhood dessert dreams come true!

With a crunchy, buttery, Cinnamon Toast Crunch crust and creamy, cinnamon-forward cheesecake filling, this foolproof recipe will be your new go-to!

Slice of Cheesecake in front of roses and a cake stand

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to combat food waste, and cereal is one of those things I buy on sale, thinking they’ll be a great solution to busy mornings, but then forget about the box in the back of the pantry.

But when you use it as a base for a creamy cheesecake, you better believe no one in my family is letting that go to waste!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake Tips and Tricks

You’ll Need A Blender or A Bag

The easiest way to crush the cereal for your base is in a blender. I actually just throw all 3 of my crust ingredients together and it comes together so easily.

But if you don’t feel like blending, you can also opt to put your cereal in a bag and crush it with a rolling pin, a hammer, or even your hands!

Green tip: Reduce your plastic waste by using these Reusable Storage Bags!

Outside of a blender, here’s everything you’ll need:

Blind Bake Your Crust

We want to keep our Cinnamon Toast Crunch well, crunchy! And the best way to do that is by blind baking your crust.

Quick note: Blind baking is just baking the crust without the filling to ensure that it’s nice and crunchy.

Once you’ve blended your crust ingredients together, transfer the mixture to a 9-inch cake pan.

Use clean hands to press the mixture down flat into the pan—no need to line or grease it, the crust is buttery enough to release from the pan on its own.

The Cream Cheese Has To Be Softened

The only way to ensure a smooth, creamy filling is to make sure the cream cheese is softened before starting to mix your filling. I find the best way to mix it together is an electric hand mixer.

Green tip: Look for block cream cheese packaged in paper to reduce your plastic waste contribution.

If you don’t have time to allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature naturally, you can put it in a large mixing bowl and microwave it for 20 seconds.

You’ll know your cream cheese is softened if your finger leaves an imprint in it when you poke it. If 20 seconds isn’t enough, keep heating in ten-second intervals, checking in between.

Pouring Cheesecake Filling into Cake Pan with Crust

How To Avoid Cracks

To get that perfect cheesecake without any cracks, we have to bring our temperature down slowly.

The most foolproof way is to bake it, then turn your oven off, but leave it in, allowing the temperature to come down slowly.

It’s important to note that the crust is baked at a higher temperature than the cheesecake, so make sure to allow your oven temperature to come down after baking the crust and before adding the cheesecake back in with the cinnamon filling.

Green tip: Look for pasture-raised eggs for the lowest environmental impact.

Should You Have Leftovers

Cheesecake will last 5-7 days covered in the refrigerator! You can also freeze it for up to 6 months! Just allow it to thaw out by transferring it to the refrigerator the day before you are ready to enjoy.

Slice of Cheesecake with bite on fork

Why You Should Make This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

  • It’s nostalgic! Your fave breakfast cereal baked into a cheesecake? C’mon now.
  • It’s foolproof. Perfect silky cheesecake every time!
  • It’s cinnamon sugar perfection. The addition of cinnamon really makes this cheesecake special.

If you’re loving this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake and are looking for more ways to level up your cereal, check out this Captain Crunch French Toast and Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats.

Slice of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

4.7 from 96 votes
Marley Goldin
This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake uses sweet cereal as a crunchy base to a creamy, silky filling to create the ultimate breakfast/dessert fusion.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 servings


Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crust

  • 3 ½ cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal ( (3 ½ uncrushed = 2 ½ cups when crushed))
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese (16 oz usually = 2 blocks)
  • 8 ounces sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Melt your butter in the microwave by placing it in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for 30 seconds on high. Stir and continue to heat in 10-second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted.
  • Add cinnamon toast crunch, melted butter, and salt to a blender and process on high until cereal turns into fine dust.
  • Transfer mixture from blender into a round 9-inch cake pan. Use your hands to press the mixture into the pan until it’s flat.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven and set on cooling rack.

Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling

  • Bring oven temperature down to 300°F.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat together cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth.
  • With hand-mixer on low, add flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour filling into cake pan with cooled crust and tilt the cake pan back and forth until filling is spread out evenly in the pan.
  • Place on top rack and bake for 1 hour. Then, turn your oven off, but keep your cheesecake in it for another 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before enjoying and storing in the refrigerator.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t peek! Keep the oven door closed until the cheesecake is completely finished to avoid cracks.
  • Whether you’re hosting a party, it’s someone’s birthday—or it’s just a rainy Tuesday!—this selection of my best cake recipes has a great cake for every occasion.
  • Love cereal? I’m sure you’ll love this collection of my best recipes using cereal!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Cinnamon Cheesecake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
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