Piña Colada Cheesecake
Piña colada cheesecake is a pure delight that will transport you to the tropics in no time! A rich, creamy cheesecake filling, infused with cream of coconut and pineapple chunks make this dessert extra special.
What do you do when the temperature goes from a sunny 52 degrees to 18 degrees in the span of two days? You make a piña colada cheesecake and dream of the days you spent in the tropics. That my friend is how this cheesecake came about. I am in need of some serious warm therapy and I created it myself. It worked… for as long as the cheesecake lasted.
This month, I joined a new food group with some blogging friends called Mystery Dish. Have you guys ever seen the cooking show Chopped? I love that show! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a cooking competition where the contestants are given a basket of mystery ingredients and are required to make a dish using those ingredients.
Well, mystery dish is pretty much the same idea. Each month, random ingredients are selected by a host and group members are required to use at least 2-3 of these ingredients to create a unique recipe. And at the end of the month, we all reveal our creations. Amazing right?
This month’s ingredients were chosen by our host, Christine over at I Dig Pinterest, and they were:
- Cream Cheese
- Butterscotch chips
- Macadamia nuts
- Ritz Crackers
Because I’ve been eating Sriracha like it’s my job lately, initially, I was going to go a savory route. But then one day, the boy mentioned how he wished we were back in Jamaica, enjoying piña coladas on the beach again. And that just lit the fire under the creation of this cheesecake. Of course, the winter blues did not help either!
For the piña colada cheesecake, I used three ingredients from the list; cream cheese, pineapple, and macadamia nuts.
Let us break down this piña colada cheesecake, because there are so many delicious layers that they each need special mention.
Starting with the crust, which is a combination of shortbread cookies, coconut flakes and macadamia nuts for added crunch. Yes, I’m obsessed with nuts in my crust these days, I can’t help it. (See this peanut butter pie and blood orange torte). Ok, so we have a crust that’s boasting of coconut and macadamia nuts, now on to the filling. I made a traditional rich and creamy cheesecake filling infused with cream of coconut and pineapple chunks making this a pure delight. If you like, you can add in some rum to the filling as well.
To top it all off, the cheesecake is covered with a pineapple glaze and toasted coconut. Tell me you are not smelling the ocean already and seeing yourself holding that piña colada in your hand. I know I am!
Here’s what everyone else in the group made! Be sure to check them out 🙂 Thank you Allie and Mystery Dish ladies for inviting me to join this fun adventure. I can’t wait to see what next month’s ingredients are!
Enjoy the Piña Colada Cheesecake recipe.