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overhead view of an eggnog cheesecake decorated with cranberries and rosemary and 2 slices sliced on a wood cake stand

Eggnog Cheesecake

Tara Kringlen
This eggnog cheesecake is the ideal holiday dessert. It's loaded with bourbon and set atop a crunchy gingersnap cookie crust. Real eggnog in the cheesecake batter gives that wonderfully creamy texture with hints of nutmeg to really remind you it is the holidays.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 568 kcal

Ingredients
  

Gingersnap Crust

  • 10 oz gingersnap cookies crushed into fine crumbs (about 2 ½ cups)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Eggnog Cheesecake

  • 3 8 oz blocks of cream cheese full fat and softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

Gingersnap Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Crush the gingersnap cookies using a food processor or place in a zip top bag and crush them using a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs.
  • Add the brown sugar, melted butter, and salt to the food processor (or bag the cookies were crushed in) and pulse to combine.
  • If you would prefer to serve the cheesecake off the springform pan base, line the base with a piece of parchment paper and then lock the ring around the base. If you’ll serve off the base directly, then skip this step. (See post for more details).
  • Pour the crumbs into a 9 inch springform pan and press into the bottom of the pan and 2 inches up the side using your fingers or the bottom of a glass to press it down tightly.
  • Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes until it starts to get fragrant. Cool on a wire rack.

Eggnog Cheesecake

  • Prepare the springform pan for a water bath. Once the crust has cooled, wrap the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil wrapping and folding the edges at least ¾ up the sides of the pan. For an extra barrier, if desired, place an oven bag around the foil and tie it around the foil to secure it.
  • Combine the softened cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and mix on medium until smooth, about 2-3 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  • Add the eggnog, bourbon, and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour, nutmeg and salt and mix until combined, about 10 seconds.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan over the crust. If you have too much batter or your crust wasn’t pushed up the sides far enough, only fill until the batter is at the top of the crust. Either discard the additional batter or make individual cheesecakes using paper cups in a muffin tin and baking for about 25-30 minutes or until they are almost set in the middle.
  • Place the springform pan into a roasting pan and place in the oven. Carefully pour very hot water into the roasting pan until it comes about halfway up the sides of the springform pan being careful not to get any water between the pan and the foil.
  • Bake the cheesecake at 325 degrees 80 to 90 minutes. The cheesecake is done when the middle is still slightly jiggly but the edges are fully set.
  • Turn the oven off and slightly prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon if it won’t stay open on its own. Allow to cool in the oven for 1 hour.
  • Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven and remove the cheesecake from the water. Remove the foil. Cool for another hour on a wire rack.
  • Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator, covering the top with foil or plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

Whipped Cream

  • Combine the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low gradually increasing to medium high until stiff peaks form. Alternatively, use a hand mixer and medium bowl.
  • Decorate the top of the cooled cheesecake with the whipped cream and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg if desired.

Notes

  • To decorate with sugared cranberries and rosemary like in the pictures, see the post above for directions.
  • The cheesecake will last for 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcal
Keyword boozy dessert, bourbon eggnog, eggnog, eggnog cheesecake, holiday cheesecake, holiday dessert
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