holiday cranberry cheesecake with spiral design

Cranberry Cheesecake Recipe (video)


Cranberry and cheesecake, a dessert combination that’s perfect for the holiday season! This cranberry cheesecake is decadent, fluffy and melt-in-your mouth good! Plus, your guests will be super impressed with the delicate design on the top that’s made with cranberry sauce. I start out with a basic cheesecake recipe and add cranberry sauce into the cheesecake batter. This cheesecake recipe yields a fluffy and velvety smooth cake, just the way a cheesecake should be. The addition of the cranberry adds a hint of tangy and loads of incredible berry flavor!

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Making Cranberry Cheesecake

This amazing creamy and tart cheesecake is bound to become a favorite! I start with a simple graham cracker crust and classic cheesecake base: cream cheese, eggs, sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Next, I add in the cranberry flavor! In my video recipe, I used canned cranberry sauce but you can also try out my homemade sauce instead! Check out my ‘Cranberry Orange Sauce’ recipe for a homemade version! It’s made with orange zest which adds so much amazing flavor!

For best results, use a water bath to bake your cheesecake! This will make your cheesecake level on top and preserve the design. First, wrap the bottom of your springform pan with two layers of foil. I recommend using extra wide foil so there are no leaks! Place the cake into a larger casserole pan and add about an inch of water. As the cheesecake bakes, the extra moisture in the oven will help prevent cracking. Add more water as needed!

Garnishing the Top

Making the delicate cranberry sauce design on top of this cranberry cheesecake is actually super simple! And, it looks like a million dollars! Just use cranberry sauce and drop little dollops of the sauce using a dispenser bottle. You can thin the sauce out with water to make it easier to pipe. Add the drops in a spiral moving outwards from the center and make them larger as you move out. Then grab a toothpick and pull it through each dollop. That’s it!

cranberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust

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I love this tall spring form pan for cakes and cheesecakes.
These handy off-set spatulas are great for spreading cake batter and frosting.
My classic CuisinArt food processor is the best – simple and powerful.
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Cranberry and cheesecake, a dessert combination that's perfect for the holiday season! This cranberry cheesecake is decadent, fluffy and melt-in-your mouth good! View Recipe Link

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