Decadent Gingerbread Cheesecake with fresh cinnamon whipped cream is like taking a bite of Christmas.
The smell of gingerbread takes me right back to when I was a child and my mom baking gingerbread house pieces in the kitchen. I love all things gingerbread and I love cheesecake so I thought it was time I brought the two together. I’m so excited to be sharing my original recipe for my gingerbread cheesecake today. If you love the taste of gingerbread I think you’re really going to like this.
Gingerbread Cheesecake Dessert Recipe
Gingerbread House Family Tradition
I used to love making gingerbread houses at Christmas time. My mom and her friend, Diane, would bake these amazing houses for us to decorate and I remember the most difficult part was waiting for the houses to dry so we could load them up with candy. I can still picture the houses on the kitchen table with soup can on the inside and out to prevent the walls falling over before the royal icing had time to set. Oh the agony of waiting all night for the icing to dry…it felt like sheer torture!
Now, so many years later, whenever I smell gingerbread I can’t help but think of those fun afternoons piling candy on our houses and saying a silent prayer that the houses didn’t cave in. I haven’t made a gingerbread house in ages but I still crave that taste and smell.
Gingerbread cheesecake is our new favorite thing
Last year I made a gingerbread creme brulee that was absolutely sinful (recipe for that coming soon) so this year I decided I needed to go all out and come up with a gingerbread cheesecake recipe. My son loved it so much that he said he no longer wants pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, he might even want this to be his new birthday cake (in June), and that I should take orders. That is quite an endorsement. Thank you, Glenn!
Pick up supplies at Cost Plus World Market
Before you get started you are going to need to head to Cost Plus World Market and pick up some baking products like Saigon Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Allspice, Vanilla Extract, Nutmeg, Ginger Chips, and Bahlsen Butter Biscuits. I use these spices pretty regularly but I like to stock up around the holidays so I have plenty when I started my Christmas baking.
TIP: Save money and make your own vanilla extract. It’s so easy and only takes two ingredients.
Rose gold baking supplies
I’m obsessed with rose gold right now. I ditched some of my old bowls to make room for these beauties…aren’t they so pretty?! I actually need to go back and get the cute little prepping bowls.
How to Make a Cheesecake
Let’s get baking! The crust for this gingerbread cheesecake is made just like you would a traditional graham cracker crust but we’re going to use Bahlsen Butter Biscuits instead. First, put your cookies in the food processor and pulse until the cookies are tiny crumbs. Do this with the whole package. It should make about 2 cups.
After combining the melted butter, sugar, molasses, and salt press the mixture in the bottom of a springform pan like this 9.5″ springform from Cost Plus World Market.
Next, while the crust is baking make the cheesecake filling in a standing mixer (recipe below) and then pour on top of cooled crust.
Water Bath Method for Cheesecake
If possible, use a cake pan that is slightly larger than your springform. If you don’t have one, the next best thing is to and wrap the 10″ springform with several layers of heavy duty foil. Place the springform on a large cookie sheet and place in the oven. After you place the cookie sheet in the oven add warm water. There are a number of different ways to bake a cheesecake the water bath method is great because it helps with preventing cracks when baking.
*UPDATE* I have made many cheesecakes since this gingerbread cheesecake last year and the only method I now use is putting the springform in a slightly bigger round cake pan not another springform. It works much better than wrapping the springform.
A beautiful golden brown cheesecake with no cracks…yes! Put the cheesecake, while still in the pan, in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
I suggest making sure your pan is well greased so the edges pull away from the pan a bit more easily.
Make a batch of fresh cinnamon whipped cream and sprinkle some Allspice and grated Ginger Chips on top.
This is my new signature dessert and I really hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Smooth and silky just like a traditional cheesecake is supposed to be…
Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe
I hope you enjoyed my Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe! What is your favorite holiday flavor?