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Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe

This Cheesecake Milkshake uses an easy cheesecake base that you cook quickly in the microwave. Then you blend it with ice cream, milk and a graham cracker for the crust flavor. It’s like a piece of New York-style cheesecake in a glass.

Did you know that the very first milkshake was made in a drugstore? It’s actually not so crazy if you remember that drug stores used to have soda fountains (a bar with a man in an apron making fountain drinks and stools full of people drinking them).

The story goes that a type of malted beverage was very popular in the early 1900s. Ivan “Pop” Coulson, a guy working at Walgreens, decided to try adding two scoops of ice cream to the drink. The result was the first malted chocolate shake, the first drink resembling the modern shake.*

Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe

Nowadays, everybody knows what a milkshake is and has opinions about how thick it should be, as well as whether one should stick with traditional flavors or try something new.

I’m a try-something-new kind of girl which is why I was super-excited to join up with Julie from The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and a bunch of other bloggers to throw a #milkshakeweek. Head over to Julie’s or Lindsay‘s Milkshake Week kick-off posts to check out their amazing milkshake giveaways. And scroll down to the bottom of this post to see all the creative and delicious  shakes that the bloggers have come up with today.

Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe

With milkshakes being such a popular drink, it’s hardly surprising that so many different flavors have sprung up over the years. For #milkshakeweek I wanted to come up with a milkshake that nobody has ever made before. But everything I searched for online has already been done. Crazy, right?

I decided to go with one of my favorite milkshakes that I’ve been making for years. A Cheesecake Milkshake. Except normally I just add cream cheese to the ice cream and milk. This time I went over the top and made an easy cheesecake base that you quickly cook in the microwave. (If your brain just went, “Microwaved cheesecake? Does that mean that I can have a cheesecake anytime I want, ready in minutes?” The answer is yes. Check out this microwaved cheesecake, complete with crust, over at Kirbie’s Cravings).

That cheesecake base, if you don’t eat it straight out of the microwave (which is totally what I did the first time I made it), goes into a blender with ice cream, milk and a graham cracker. Then you blend it up, pour into a tall glass and top it with whipped cream, warmed up strawberry jam and a strawberry.

It tastes just like a slice of New York-style cheesecake, in a glass.

Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe

And now, here’s my Cheesecake Milkshake recipe.

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Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe
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This Cheesecake Milkshake tastes like a slice of New York Style Cheesecake in a glass. For best results, let the cheesecake base chill after cooking. But if you're in a hurry, stick it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to get it down to room temperature.
Serves: 1
  • ⅓ cup cream cheese (softened, to soften it quickly put it on defrost in the microwave for 5 seconds at a time)
  • 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp. strawberry jam
  • ½ tsp. water
  • 1 cup ice cream
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 sheet graham crackers (i.e., four connected crackers. Please do not misread sheet for sleeve. You do not need a whole sleeve of crackers. Just one little sheet of 4 connected crackers).
  • 3 Tbsp. whipped cream
  • a strawberry
  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl use a fork to whisk together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, sugar, egg, vanilla and pinch of salt. Try to get most of the lumps of cream cheese smooth but it's ok if some remain. Cover it with plastic wrap, leaving a small gap for steam to escape, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Then microwave for 20 seconds at a time until the center is mostly cooked. It can still be jiggle. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, put the jam in a small microwave-safe bowl and warm it for 15 seconds or so. Stir in the water. Set aside.
  3. Into the blender put the ice cream, milk, ½ of the sheet of graham crackers and your cheesecake base. Blend. Pour it into a glass. Top with the whipped cream and then drizzle with the strawberry jam. Crumble your remaining half sheet of crackers over top. Plop on the strawberry. Drink!


And now, here are all the delicious blogger milkshakes for today:

Peanut Butter and Brownie Milkshakes from The Little Kitchen
Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshakes from Love & Olive Oil
Milkshakes of Desperation from Bake at 350
Roasted Pineapple Coconut Vegan Milkshake from Cafe Johnsonia
Pudding Pop Milkshake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Lemon Pie Milkshake from Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake from Cookies and Cups
Vanilla Chai Milkshake from Kitchen Treaty
Cherry-Cola Milkshake from Boulder Locavore
Peanut Butter-Caramel Milkshake from Miss in the Kitchen
{2 Ingredient} Coffee Milkshake from Barefeet In The Kitchen
Biscoff Cookie Milkshake from Katie’s Cucina
Turtle Pecan Milkshake from Dairy Good Life

~And get more delicious drink recipes by clicking right here.~

*The info about the first milkshake is from Hankering for History here.

24 Responses to “Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe”
  1. Heather says:

    This sounds delicious!! I am adding this to my to-do list today! Yummo!!

  2. JulieD says:

    Seriously, Christine, the photos are beautiful!! And I love love the idea of a cheesecake milkshake!
    JulieD recently posted: Fried Banana Milkshakes

  3. Mikki says:

    Oh my. Now if I can just figure out how to make this dairy free.. LOL..
    It looks amazing though!
    Mikki recently posted: Vegan Ice Cream ~ Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights ~ By Jeff Rogers ~ Review & Giveaway

  4. I am so excited that I have everything to make this in my fridge right now! Seriously, this sounds beyond delicious. But, cheesecake anytime via the microwave? I’m in trouble.
    Sadie | Dairy Good Life recently posted: #MilkshakeWeek: Turtle Pecan Milkshake

  5. What a gret idea! It seems like the cheesecake would make this extra creamy :)
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted: Rice with Fava Beans – Timmen Baghilla

  6. Nicole says:

    So, now I’m craving a cheesecake milkshake for breakfast! This looks delicious!
    Nicole recently posted: Peaches and Cream No-Cook Oatmeal (DF/V)

  7. Yum, this looks like a fantastic milkshake :) I love cheesecake and what better way to have it than in this form!!
    addie | culicurious recently posted: Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe + The NMHCP

  8. Oh my! That milkshake looks AMAZING! And that straw? Gorgeous!
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu recently posted: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  9. You and all the other delicious milkshake makers should be banned from the net! Pushing addictive substances! I rarely have a milk shake, but they could truly be a downfall. I suppose the yogurt is to make us feel a bit virtuous. Well any excuse in a storm—-my version of that saying. Ha! Of course I pinned it.
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea recently posted: The Woeful Tale of Mama Goose’s Soup

  10. Tammy S says:

    This sounds Amazing! I love cheesecake and to have it in a shake makes it even better. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you!

  11. Rachel Cooks says:

    I’m all about cheesecake that you can drink.
    Rachel Cooks recently posted: Quinoa Hummus Wrap {vegetarian}

  12. wow looks delicious! love this recipe – and what a great flavour combination! thanks for the inspiration.
    Thalia @ butter and brioche recently posted: Chocolate and Banana French Toast with Salted Caramel

  13. katie says:

    Yes, mind is blown that you can make a microwave cheesecake. I’m in trouble or should I say my waist-line! I LOVE cheesecake–by far my favorite dessert so to put it into a milkshake… I’m in heaven!
    katie recently posted: Biscoff Cookie Milkshake

  14. You had me at milkshake or was it cheesecake? OMG mind blown!

  15. Mary says:

    Wow. Just wow. I bet this tastes amazing!
    Mary recently posted: {2 Ingredient} Coffee Milkshake

  16. Oh wow! Love this idea!
    bridget {bake at 350} recently posted: Milkshakes of Desperation

  17. Liz Mays says:

    Good gosh, Christine, does that ever look fantastic! I have such a weakness for cheesecake!
    Liz Mays recently posted: 5 Daredevil Thrill-Seeking Pee-Inducing Bucket List Must-Do’s (At Least For Me)

  18. I need to forget immediately that I can make cheesecake in the microwave. ;) This milkshake looks incredible. I love the dollop of jam – so easy!
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty recently posted: Spicy Vanilla Chai Milkshake

  19. You are a genius!! Cheesecake milkshake. I need this in my life!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted: Lemon Pie Milkshake

  20. You just blew my mind! I can’t wait to try this wonderful concoction!
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen recently posted: Peanut Butter-Caramel Milkshake

  21. WOW. That’s all I can say. What a decadent treat!

  22. I feel like I can’t even breather right now. This sounds SO good!!
    shelly (cookies and cups) recently posted: Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake

  23. Renee says:

    Oh my Christine. My husband would go nuts over this milkshake. Pinned.
    Renee recently posted: Meyer Lemon Fingerling Potato Salad

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