Vanilla Chai Cheesecake

Vanilla chai cheesecake adapted from Rachel's Diary.

Slice of cheesecake with caramel drizzle. The remaining cheesecake is in the background.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake


  • 2 (6 ounce) containers vanilla yogurt


  • 1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies

  • ½ cup crushed amaretti cookies

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • teaspoon salt

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 (8 ounce) jar caramel sauce, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Place yogurt in a strainer lined with a coffee filter and set over a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 40 minutes to allow liquid to drain. Discard liquid and set yogurt aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Combine gingersnap cookies, amaretti cookies, and butter in a bowl; mix well. Press crust into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 12 minutes.

  5. Remove crust from oven and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Let crust cool completely.

  6. While crust cools, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on low speed and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in yogurt. Pour filling into the cooled crust.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is set on sides but slightly shimmers in center, about 50 minutes.

  8. Let cool completely and remove from pan. Serve with caramel sauce.

Cook's Note:

You can use chai-flavored yogurt if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

570 Calories
39g Fat
46g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 570
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 23g 116%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 479mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 235mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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