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Winning Cranberry Cheesecake

The holidays wouldn't be complete without cranberries and eggnog. I use them both in this flavorful cheesecake that's the perfect finale for a special dinner. Set it out at the start of the meal, not just to solicit "oohs" and "aahs," but to remind folks to save room for dessert! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in cranberry juice until smooth. Add cranberries. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add flour and beat well. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Add eggnog and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour two-thirds of the filling over crust. Top with half of the cranberry mixture (cover and refrigerate remaining cranberry mixture). Carefully spoon remaining filling on top. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 60-70 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Spoon remaining cranberry mixture over cheesecake. Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.
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  • ajduds
    Oct 28, 2016

    Recipe sounds great but what's with the awful/irritating pop-up cooking instructions. You can hardly see the recipe for it jumping all over the screen when the pop-up appears!!! Please remove them!!

  • kelaghazal
    Dec 30, 2014

    the cheesecake was delicious I added walnuts to the topping,it was so good!

  • dmc1210
    Jan 4, 2013

    This Cheesecake was incredible. I love cranberries and with the eggnog this cheesecake was a home run.

  • mbandboys
    Dec 23, 2012

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  • TexasCookie
    Oct 15, 2011

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  • turtledaisy
    Jul 25, 2011

    I always make this cheesecake during the holidays. It is gone within minutes! Easy to prepare.

  • beccafegley
    Dec 23, 2010

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  • kat5289
    Nov 25, 2009

    This has become our favorite cheesecake during the holidays.I even make it through out the year because it is requested so much. the only thing is that it is hrd to find egg nog and cranberry during the rst of the year that sometimes I have to freeze the eggnog and cranberries so I can make it the rest of the year.

  • moscrip
    Nov 25, 2008

    I make this every year for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Once I made it in July. My extended family raves about it! I never expect to have left-overs.

  • krystalp
    Dec 26, 2007

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