Yield: 16 SERVINGS
Prep time: 30 MIN
Cook time: 10 MIN
Chill time: 6 HR
Total time: 6 HR 40 MIN
Lotus Biscoff lovers you’re in for a treat! A creamy cheesecake with an airy, mousse-like texture that screams Lotus in every bite! Crushed Lotus biscuits in the crust, creamy Lotus in the filling, melted spread on top and a halo of Lotus crumbs to finish it off. The best part? It is so easy to make and doesn’t require an oven!
FOR THE CRUST:
30 Lotus Biscoff Cookies (235g)*
6 tablespoons (3oz/ 85g) unsalted butter, melted
FOR THE FILLING:
1 cup (237ml) heavy whipping cream, very cold
12⅓ oz (350g) cream cheese, at cool room temperature*
1 cup (260g) Lotus Biscoff spread (aka Speculoos or any cookie butter)*
⅔ cups (75g) powdered sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
FOR THE TOPPING:
The remaining 140g (heaping ½ cup) of the Lotus Biscoff spread jar
TO MAKE THE CRUST:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line the bottom of a 9 or 10 inches springform pan with a round parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse the Lotus Biscoff cookies into fine crumbs. You can also place them in a large zipper lock bag and smash them with a rolling pin or meat mallet until finely ground.
Stir in the melted butter until evenly combined. Measure out ¼ cup (50g) of the mixture and reserve in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use for garnish. Evenly spread the remaining crumb mixture to the prepared pan’s bottom, then press with a flat-bottomed drinking glass or measuring cup.
Transfer to the oven and bake until deepens in color and smells fragrant, about 8 to 9 minutes. (You can skip the baking step if you prefer, but it helps set the crust better and gives it a more aromatic flavor and crisper texture). Allow to cool completely before filling. To speed things up, I like to cool it in the freezer as I work on the filling.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a large, chilled bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over mix the cream. Transfer the whipped cream to a medium bowl and keep chilled in the fridge until ready to use.
In the same bowl and using the same mixer, beat together cream cheese, Lotus Biscoff spread, powdered sugar and salt until well combined and very smooth.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, until uniform in color and no white streaks remain. The mixture should be very stable and cloud-like, but not loose at all.
Scrape the filling to the cooled cookie crust and use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread into an even layer and smooth the surface.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, 5 to 6 hours or overnight.
Use a sharp knife to loosen the chilled cheesecake from the rim of the springform pan, then remove the rim. Use a thin, wide spatula, cake lifter or the removable bottom of a tart pan, to lift the cake off of the bottom; the parchment round should slide right off. Transfer to a serving platter.
Place the remaining Lotus Biscoff spread in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in the microwave until very fluid and melted, about 40 seconds.
Use a piping bag (or small zipper lock bag) with the end snipped off to drizzle some of the melted Lotus Biscoff around the edges to get that dripping effect. Then pour the remaining spread all over the surface, quickly spreading it out into a smooth, even layer.
Put back the cheesecake in the refrigerator to set the topping; at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle the sides of the cake with the reserved cookie crumb mixture. For neat slices, dip a sharp knife in hot water, wipe it dry, then slice. Repeat, wiping the knife clean between each slice. Place the remaining 2 Lotus cookies decoratively on top. Garnish the platter with berries, if desired.
Serve cold, straight for the fridge. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month, maybe longer.
This recipe requires an entire 400g jar of Lotus Biscoff Spread. 260g goes into the filling and the remaining 140g is used for the topping.
You’ll need an entire 250g packet of Lotus cookies. The packet contains 32 cookies; 30 to grind up for the crust and crumbs around the rim, and the remaining 2 can be used to decorate the top.
For the cream cheese, Kiri Creamy was used in this recipe (the one in the tub, not the squares). If using Philadelphia, be sure to use brick-style, not the spreadable type in the tub. Whatever brand you choose, be sure it’s full fat.