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Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

I can't go to any Christmas gathering without this show-stopping dessert in tow. The combination of cranberries, chocolate and orange is a winner. —Laura Lufkin, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) mascarpone cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup chocolate ice cream topping, warmed
  • Sugared cranberries and orange slices, optional


  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • Combine the pecans, wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cheeses, sugar, cornstarch, orange juice and extract until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour half of the batter over crust.
  • Place the cranberry sauce, cranberries and water in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Gently spread over batter in pan; top with remaining batter.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
  • Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, top with chocolate topping. If desired, garnish with sugared cranberries and orange slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 599 calories, 44g fat (22g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • Gail
    Dec 11, 2016

    This recipe is to die for. I do a lot of baking and it gets expensive. I found a substitute for mascarpone cheese on the internet. (One 8 ounce package of cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of softened butter.) Mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream and butter until well blended. Double for this particular recipe. Use in place of mascarpone in any recipe. I also used chocolate graham crackers to make chocolate crumbs. Instead of the chocolate topping, I used the whole cranberry sauce, dried cranberry, and a little oJ in a food processor to blend. Then cooked it in a small sauce pan with a little water and cornstarch to thicken it and make a slurry to spread on top.IThis recipe is absolutely delicious. The tangy cranberry and sweet cream cheese are a great combination. Try this recipe. You won't be disappointed. Next time I make this, I'll use the chocolate topping to see which is best.

  • calicocatz
    Mar 22, 2013

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  • jlk300
    Dec 23, 2012

    Disaster. I cooked this an extra half hour and it still wouldn't set. The edges were dark an the inside was liquid. Ended up tossing the whole thing.

  • tastycook1
    Dec 17, 2012

    This was a huge hit when I took it to a friend's last night. I'll be making this againn, for sure. I found it needed about an extra 15 - 20 minutes cooking time, but well worth it. Not a crack in sight as it cooled.

  • nvprp21
    Apr 7, 2012

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  • mkplatypus
    Jan 30, 2011

    This was my first attempt at baking a cheesecake that didn't start out it's life in a box and it came out fantastic! I am now the hero of my Bible Study!! The only thing I changed was that I also baked it an extra 10min or so. Also, on the advice of a friend, I let it cool in the oven (off) with the door open a bit for about an hour, then moved it to my cooling rack for a few hours. Once it was fully cooled, I moved it to the fridge. No cracks. Oh, and by the tasted like heaven on a plate!

  • skthurow
    Dec 12, 2010

    One of the very best cheesecakes I have ever tasted. The only thing I did different was that I baked it about 15 minutes longer and next time i would add another 5 min. so the center will set more. I took it to a luncheon and offered to have each person take a piece home if they wanted. Not one slice was left. I will make at two more before the Holidays are over.