Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

This unique Christmas recipe blends the spicy warmth of gingerbread with the creamy texture of cheesecake, topped with a tangy cranberry compote for a festive twist.

Ingredients:

For the Gingerbread Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups gingerbread cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Cranberry Compote:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Crust:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
    • Mix gingerbread cookie crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. Make Cheesecake Filling:
    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
    • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in sour cream, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. Bake Cheesecake:
    • Pour the filling over the crust in the springform pan.
    • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the center is just set.
    • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare Cranberry Compote:
    • In a saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and orange zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens. Cool completely.
  5. Chill Cheesecake:
    • Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight.
  6. Serve:
    • Before serving, top the cheesecake with cranberry compote.
    • Optionally, garnish with whipped cream and additional orange zest.

This Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote is a wonderful dessert that brings a festive flair to the holiday table, merging the beloved flavors of gingerbread and cranberry with the richness of cheesecake.

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