Luxuriously rich and creamy Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust is your favorite holiday beverage in cheesecake form!
The Eggnog Cheesecake crust tastes like a giant gingersnap cookie and the silky Eggnog Cream Topping and sweetly tart Cranberry Topping elevate this cheesecake to the hit of Christmas! I’ve also included very detailed instructions so if you have never made a cheesecake before, now is your chance!
Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe
Christmas means eggnog! Lots and lots of eggnog. I bought eggnog as soon as it first graced the grocery store shelves back in November and have been buying it ever since because after all, 2 months out of the year is all we get for this creamy indulgence.
Aside from drinking it straight up, there is no better way, in my humble opinion, to devour eggnog than in this Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake WITH Gingersnap Crust! Basically, this cheesecake boasts all of your favorite festive flavors in one out-of-this -world elegant, divine Christmas dessert.
But before I start talking different aspects of this cheesecake, let me first say that if you have never made a cheesecake, YOU CAN DO IT! It is not hard, just patiently follow the detailed instructions and you will have a winning Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake.
The crust is a healthy layer of gingersnap cookie crumbs mixed with brown sugar and plenty of butter. No crumbly, fall-apart crust here. After you press your gingersnap crumbs into the bottom of your springform pan and bake for 10 minutes, it becomes a giant gingersnap cookie. Yes please.
The filling is your traditional velvety cream cheese/sugar mixture made magical by infusing it with 1 whole cup of eggnog, a healthy dose of vanilla and cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
The Eggnog Cream Topping is the icing on the cheesecake. Its tastes like eggnog whipped cream. AKA – it tastes like heaven. Finally, the Cranberry Topping is an easy reduction of cranberries, cranberry juice, sugar and cornstarch that you can make the day before and will want to eat the day before. Its tart sweetness is the crowning glory that balances the silky sweetness of the cheesecake. AND its gorgeous!
Merry Christmas with Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake!
Eggnog Cheesecake Ingredients
To make this stunning holiday cheesecake recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Gingersnap cookies: Need to be pulverized into a fine crumb. Use your food processor for best results.
- Sugar: Brown sugar and granulated sugar sweeten the crust and cheesecake filling.
- Butter: Melted butter gets mixed into the cookie crumbs to make a delectable crust.
- Cream cheese: Use full-fat brick-style cream cheese for the best texture and flavor.
- All-purpose flour: Helps stabilize the cheesecake filling.
- Eggs: You’ll be using a mixture of whole eggs and egg yolks.
- Eggnog: Should be at room temperature before being mixed into the filling.
- Vanilla extract: Adds lots of flavor!
- Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg amp up the holiday flavor.
- Eggnog topping: A mixture of heavy cream, powdered sugar, eggnog, and sour cream.
- Cranberry topping: A mixture of sugar, cornstarch, cranberry juice, and fresh cranberries.
How to Make Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake
I’ve given extremely detailed instructions in the recipe card below on how to make this eggnog cheesecake with gingersnap crust. Below is an overview of the directions so you know what to expect from the recipe:
- Make the crust. Mix together the melted butter, sugar, and cookie crumbs. Press into a 9-inch springform pan and bake.
- Make the filling. Combine the eggnog cheesecake filling ingredients. Pour into the baked crust.
- Bake the cheesecake. Place the unbaked cheesecake into a water bath, then bake until done.
- Cool the cheesecake. Turn off your oven and crack open the oven door. Allow cheesecake to cool in oven for 60 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and continue to cool for 2-3 hours or until cheesecake is completely cooled. Then, chill in fridge overnight.
- Make the toppings. Both the cranberry topping and the eggnog topping can be made ahead of time.
- Assemble the cheesecake. Spread the eggnog topping over the cheesecake, followed by the cranberry topping. Dig in!
Tips for Making This Christmas Cheesecake
There are two things people are generally afraid of when it comes to cheesecakes: 1) the water bath leaking and 2) cracks. But I have a full proof method for each!
What is a Water Bath?
A water bath is simply placing the springform cheesecake pan inside a roasting pan and filling the roasting pan up with water until it reaches about half way up the springform pan. The hot water insulates the outer edges of the cheesecake, so the edges don’t bake faster than the middle. This ensures even baking throughout and lessens the likelihood of the cheesecake cracking.
How to Prevent Your Springform Pan From Leaking
The typical way to waterproof a springform pan involves wrapping it foil but this is not fool proof. Instead, to double protect against leaking, wrap your springform pan first in a slow cooker liner and tie any excess to the side then proceed to wrap in foil. Your cheesecake will be 100% leak free and you will be very very happy!
How to Prevent a Cheesecake From Cracking
We have already 99% eliminated the chance of cracks by using a water bath, not peaking on our cheesecake during cooking as sudden changes in temperature often cause cracking, and our slow cooling method (explained in instructions) but for that 1% chance you do experience a crack or two, this recipe boasts both Eggnog Cream Topping and Cranberry Topping which means any possible cracks now don’t exist 😉
CAN I PREP THIS Eggnog Cheesecake IN ADVANCE?
Yes! In fact, I recommend chilling your holiday cheesecake for at least 24 hours before serving.
HOW TO STORE Eggnog CHEESECAKE
Store this Christmas cheesecake in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.
CAN I FREEZE CHEESECAKE?
Yes! Cheesecake freezes very well but you will want to freeze the cheesecake WITHOUT the topping.
HOW TO FREEZE Eggnog Cheesecake:
- Cool cheesecake completely and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
- Place chilled cheesecake on a baking pan and place, uncovered, in the freezer. Freeze until firm.
- Remove from the freezer, then wrap cheesecake in plastic wrap followed by heavy duty aluminum foil and finally in a large heavy duty freezer bag.
- Homemade cheesecake can be frozen for 2-3 months.
- To thaw, remove cheesecake from freezer to the refrigerator. Let thaw overnight.
- Top with eggnog topping and cranberry topping and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
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- 2 cups finely ground gingersnap cookie crumbs
- 1/4 cup packed light or medium brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
Eggnog Cheesecake Filling
- 4 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese at room temperature (full fat)
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk at room temperature
- 1 cup eggnog at room temperature (full fat)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Eggnog Cream Topping
- 1 1/4 teaspooon unflavored gelatin
- 1 ½ tablespoons water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (or thawed frozen cranberries)
- PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F.
- WATERPROOFING STEP 1 (optional but HIGHLY recommended): Place 9” springform pan in the center bottom of a slow cooker liner. Bring the liner bag up to the top of the pan then gather excess to one side and tie it in a knot.
- WATERPROOFING STEP 2 (do this over liner even if you have already done step 1 for double coverage): Place 2 large 18" x 18" pieces of aluminum foil on a flat surface underneath the pan in the form of a “+.” Gently fold (to make sure you don't create any holes) up the sides of the foil around the (lined) pan.
- Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the inside of your entire springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- CRUST: Combine the finely ground gingersnaps, brown sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl and stir until well combined. Add to springform pan and firmly press the crumbs down on the bottom of the pan until you have an even layer. (I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to press down.) Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- WATER BATH: Fill a roasting pan with 1 ¼ inches water to create a water bath for your cheesecake (to prevent cracking). Place roasting pan in the oven to heat while you prepare your cheesecake filling.
- CHEESECAKE FILLING: Add cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes (no less!). Add sugar and beat 5 additional minutes.
- Add flour; beat until combined. Add the eggnog, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and beat just until blended. Add the eggs, then the egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating as little as possible, just until combined after each addition. Pour mixture onto cooled Gingersnap Crust. Drop pan on counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.
- BAKE: Add cheesecake to water bath and bake at 325 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until edges are firm and the center 2-3- of the cheesecake is still wobbly. (DON'T open door before 60 minutes, this can cause cracks.)
- COOL: Turn off your oven and crack open the oven door. Allow cheesecake to cool in oven for 60 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and gently run a hot knife along the edges of the cheesecake (to prevent cracking) then continue to cool for 2-3 hours or until cheesecake is completely cooled. Cover the top of the cheesecake with foil, so that it doesn't actually touch the cheesecake. Chill in the refrigerator overnight but best if 24 hours.
- CRANBERRY TOPPING: You can prep this Topping at any point prior to topping your cheesecake and store in the refrigerator. Whisk together all of the Cranberry Topping ingredients to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes until thickened, stirring often. Remove heat and cool to room temperature then refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. The Topping will thicken more in the refrigerator.
- EGGNOG CREAM TOPPING: You can prep this Topping at any point prior to topping your cheesecake and store in the refrigerator. Add unflavored gelatin to a microwave safe bowl then pour the cold water over top; let stand for 5 minutes. Microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the mixture, then set aside while you immediately begin to beat the heavy cream.
- Add heavy cream and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Whip using an electric hand mixer just until soft peaks form (the peaks flop over when the beaters are lifted.) Turn the mixer to low and slowly pour in the gelatin mixture. Mix until combined then increase speed to medium and continue mixing until stiff peaks form (peaks stand straight up when the beaters are lifted, it will be very thick).
- Fold in eggnog and sour cream until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- ASSEMBLE: When ready to serve, evenly spread Eggnog Cream Topping over cheesecake. Spoon ½ (or more if desired) Cranberry Topping over Eggnog Cream and spoon remaining Cranberry Topping over individual servings
- CUT: Fill a large glass with hot water, then dip knife in hot water before each cut. Wipe knife clean after each cut.
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