Cheesecake Milkshake

Picture this, it’s a hot summer day and you’re craving something sweet but also cool, refreshing and decadent. If that describes you, then this Cheesecake Milkshake recipe is perfect for you!

close up of a cheesecake milkshake with whipped cream and a cherry


A Cheesecake Milkshake is ice cream blended with real cheesecake dotted with little pieces of graham cracker crumb crust. You can use different flavored cheesecakes for even more fun flavor combinations. Why have to sweetened cream cheese and grind graham crackers when you can buy it already put together?

How This Recipe Came About?

The first time this drink was made, it was purely an accident. What happens when the ingredients for strawberry daiquiris run out and there is an assorted cheesecake platter sitting nearby? Listen I know it sounds like a long-shot scenario, but it happened.

The result? A new blended beverage is born: the Cheesecake Milkshake.

This frozen blended drink was created out of curiosity, but became an instant favorite, even being requested at parties along with my Strawberry BBC.

milkshake with sprinkled rim in a malt glass

What to Grab

This uses simple ingredients, however cheesecake isn’t really a standard kitchen staple. If it is at your house, you are my hero!

  • Vanilla frosting- For this variation, I used vanilla frosting with vanilla cheesecake, but you can use whatever frosting flavor you want or omit the frosting and sprinkles.
  • Rainbow sprinkles– Or whatever sprinkles you have on hand. If you really like graham crackers, smash a few and use this to line the rim.
  • Cheesecake with graham cracker crust- While my preference is to go with the classics and use plain old vanilla or chocolate cheesecake in my homemade milkshake, you can also use fruit swirled. I pick up the sampler platter with 3-4 slices of each at the grocery store and then blend each flavor for my guests
  • Vanilla Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt- I don’t suggest using yogurt to cut the calories, but let’s be frank, this isn’t a skinny drink, but it might just be what is in the freezer. The best base is vanilla, of course, but this is yet another way to mix things up and customize.
  • Milk– Whole milk, skim milk, oat milk, almond milk, we don’t discriminate with the type of milk. It is simply used to think out the milkshake to a sippable consistency. You may need a little more or less depending on your cheesecake and milk texture.
  • Whipped Cream & Cherries– Optional and for garnish.
malt glass with sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry

How to Make a Cheesecake Milkshake

The process is simple, but ice cream melts, so work fast. Having a good quality, high powered blender is also key to mix up all the crust bits, but don’t overmix it or it will just liquify.

  1. Using a butter knife, smear the frosting along the rim of a large malt glass or mason jar. The frosting helps it stick and this step can be done ahead of time.
  2. Place the sprinkles in a shallow plate and roll the frosting lined glass, pressing down gently so they stick.
  3. Combine the cheesecake, ice cream and milk in a blender and mix for 30 seconds or until no lumps remain, but do not over mix. Due to the thickness of the cheesecake and crust, you shouldn’t need ice.
  4. Pour into the prepared glasses and garnish with whipped cream and cherries or other syrups and toppings. Have fun with it!
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You can make it your own special combination by adding whatever your heart desires. The options are quite literally endless.

So you can pick any ice cream flavor, cheesecake flavor and add in any fruit, chocolate, candy, cake, dessert, sprinkles, liqueurs (the list goes on and on) and blend it with some milk and ice. Voila! You’ve made yourself a milkshake.

Just like with a slice of cheesecake, feel free to make a caramel or strawberry syrup drizzle or top with maraschino cherries and whipped cream.

To make a strawberry cheesecake milkshake, use plain cheesecake with strawberry ice cream and a few frozen or fresh strawberries. Do the same with blueberries for a blueberry cheesecake milkshake.

head-on image of a cheesecake milkshake with cheesecake in the background and colorful straws

Boozy Milkshakes

Vanilla vodka works best because it complements all the fruity flavors, but you could go with strawberry cheesecake and pair it with strawberry vodka and so on and so forth.

Let’s be honest, the vodka flavors these days are absolutely endless as are the flavor combos for these milkshakes!

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Cheesecake Milkshake Recipe

4.50 from 4 votes
Cheesecake Milkshake is a frozen drink made with real cheesecake, sprinkled rim, ice cream and milk. Use flavored cheesecakes for even more fun flavor combinations!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups



  • Using a butter knife, smear the frosting along the rim of a large malt glass.
  • Place the sprinkles in a shallow plate and roll the frosting lined glass, pressing down gently. Set aside.
  • In a high quality blender, combine the cheesecake, ice cream, milk. Blend for 30 seconds or until no lumps remain, but do not over mix.
  • Pour into the prepared glasses and garnish with whipped cream and cherries.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how you liked it in the comments or star ratings.


Calories: 308 kcal, Carbohydrates: 42 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 38 mg, Sodium: 192 mg, Potassium: 139 mg, Fiber: 0.3 g, Sugar: 35 g, Vitamin A: 351 IU, Vitamin C: 0.4 mg, Calcium: 139 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 308
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake milkshake, homemade milkshake
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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