Christmas Cookie Cheesecake

Embrace the festive spirit with this Christmas Cookie Cheesecake, a perfect blend of a rich, creamy cheesecake and the joyful flavors of classic holiday cookies. This dessert is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a charming centerpiece for your holiday table.

Ingredients:

For the Cookie Crust:

  • 2 cups crushed Christmas cookies (such as gingerbread, sugar cookies, or shortbread)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Crushed Christmas cookies
  • Holiday sprinkles or edible glitter

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides.
    • In a bowl, mix together the crushed Christmas cookies, melted butter, and sugar until well combined.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then let it cool.
  2. Make the Filling:
    • Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).
    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    • Stir in the vanilla extract, sour cream, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg until just combined.
  3. Assemble the Cheesecake:
    • Pour the filling over the cooled cookie crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake the Cheesecake:
    • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is slightly wobbly.
    • Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the door closed for 1 hour.
  5. Chill:
    • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Decorate:
    • Before serving, top the cheesecake with whipped cream, a sprinkle of crushed Christmas cookies, and holiday sprinkles or edible glitter for a festive touch.
  7. Serve:
    • Slice and serve the Christmas Cookie Cheesecake as a delightful conclusion to your holiday meals.

This Christmas Cookie Cheesecake is a wonderful way to incorporate the joy of holiday cookies into a sumptuous dessert, making it a must-try for the festive season. Enjoy the rich, creamy layers enhanced with the nostalgic taste of your favorite Christmas cookies!

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