Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Gingerbread Cheesecake is an easy but stunning holiday dessert. Each creamy slice is sweet, warmly-spiced, and perfectly tangy. A festive finish to your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast!

Fall-themed desserts are some of my favorite things to bake. What’s better than a freshly-baked treat when the air is cold and the leaves are falling? Brew some coffee or tea, then enjoy a slice of Spice Cake, a piece or two of Chewy Molasses Cookies, or warm Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls with neighbors and family for the perfect autumn day.

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

Gingerbread Cheesecake is everything a holiday dessert should be – loaded with cinnamon and spices and oh so indulgent! If you grew up having spiced loaves and cookies during Thanksgiving and Christmas, this recipe will fill your home with nostalgic smells.

We’re using a water bath so that the filling cooks slowly and evenly. This will give us that gorgeous, smooth surface that’s the perfect canvass for toppings.

Also, try making your own spiced whipped cream, slather with chocolate syrup, or squeeze Cool Whip on top and call it a day! But no matter what you garnish it with, this is a sensational dessert that’s bound to be a staple during your next holiday.

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How to make Gingerbread Cheesecake?

  1. Start with the crust. Process the gingersnaps crumbs, spices, and butter until moistened. Press well into the pan.
  2. Make the filling. Take your cream cheese and beat until you get a creamy texture. Up next is the sugar, then beat again until there no lumps. Follow with vanilla and the room-temp sour cream, along with one egg at a time. Finally, add the spices, molasses, and salt and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Bake. Take your pan with the crust, and pour the filling carefully inside. Bake for around an hour in a water bath.
  4. Cool very gently. After baking, take it out of the water bath, but not the oven. Leave it there to slowly cool down.
  5. Chill to firm it up. Transfer to the fridge and let the dessert chill for up to 8 hours or better yet, overnight.
  6.  Serve. Take from the fridge, and slice into your desired size. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream, and then add a dash of cinnamon.

Ginger Cheesecake variations:

  • Use other cookies for the crust: try it with Speculoos cookies, graham crackers, or chocolate graham crackers. 
  • Make it gluten-free: use gluten-free crackers for the crumbs for a gluten-free version. 
  • Use honey: for a lighter-tasting dessert, use honey in place of molasses.

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How to make Ginger Bread Cheesecake Filling?

To achieve the perfect filling, avoid overmixing the batter. This introduces air into the filling, which will make the dessert rise during baking. The surface will eventually fall after cooking which leads to cracks.

Prevent this by using room-temperature ingredients. Since they’ll all be starting at the same temperature, they incorporate faster so you won’t have to mix too much. Also, don’t forget to scrape down the sides too! This ensures there are no pockets of raw ingredients in your filling.

What should I top it with?

I kept it simple for this recipe with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. But you can totally go crazy with the topping! Jazz up your dessert with the following:

gingerbread cheesecake with whipped cream

What is the best way to serve my cheesecake with clean slices?

First, never skip the chilling step. Otherwise, your cake won’t be firm enough to slice it cleanly. Also, it is important to use your longest, sharpest knife. This way, you don’t have to “saw” the slices because the knife will reach down to the crust in one motion.

For your first slice, cut the entire thing in half. Then, take your knife and run it under hot water, then towel off the moisture before cutting again.

Now continue to cut into quarters and thirds, cleaning off your knife after each cut. You’ll get neat, beautiful slices every time!

How to store gingerbread cheesecake?

Cover every inch tightly with plastic wrap, or store the leftovers in an air-tight sealed container. The less air gets into your dessert, the longer it’ll last.

Properly-stored, this will stay good up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze it (without the topping) for up to 3 months. Simply defrost and enjoy!

More delicious cheesecake recipes:

gingerbread cheesecake slice

Recipe tips and tricks:

  • Plan ahead for the chilling time.
  • Use room-temp ingredients.
  • For the cheese, only use the type that comes in blocks, not the spreadable kind.
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5 from 5 reviews

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake is an easy but stunning holiday dessert. Each creamy slice is sweet, warmly-spiced, and perfectly tangy.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 9 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

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Nutrition information

Calories: 653 Carbohydrates: 66 Protein: 9 Fat: 41 Saturated Fat: 22 Cholesterol: 164 Sodium: 568 Potassium: 425 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 47 Vitamin A: 1457 Calcium: 181 Iron: 3
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melissa chapman

It is not yet Thanksgiving but this recipe is making me hungry. That pie looks amazing and could be the finish to any great meal.

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Amber Myers

Okay, this is perfect for the holidays. I just love gingerbread. And cheesecake!

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Sarah Bailey

OK now these sound absolutely delicious what an interesting recipe. I have to admit I LOVE cheesecake so I 100% need to try it out.

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Pam Wattenbarger

This is definitely the perfect recipe to have this Christmas. I can see several people in my family who would love this.

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Tammy

OMG!!! This looks so good. I love cheesecake in all flavors.

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Melissa

This Gingerbread Cheesecake looks delicious and perfect for Christmas. Going to have to give it a try.

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Robyn H.

I love cheesecake and this gingerbread cheesecake sounds amazing! Definitely going to try it during the holidays!

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Nikki Wayne

Can't wait to serve one of this and make my family indulge in it on Thanksgiving.

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Jen

Yum! This sounds so good. I'm a huge fan of just about any kind of cheesecake. We'll have to try this.

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Gervin Khan

I have never tried this but I am sure that your ginger cake recipe is delicious! Love it!

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Ruth I

I love cheesecake very much. I'm trying to learn how to make them. I haven't tried this gingerbread before but i think this would be amazing. I'm really curious how this recipe would turn out. I think gingerbread will add some extra kick to it and I'm really excited for this.

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN

OMG this sounds wonderful. I love gingerbread and I love cheese cake. Sounds like the perfect match!!!

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Alyssa

I'm thinking of what to bake during Thanksgiving and this is the perfect recipe! I love cheesecake and I'm sure my family will enjoy this too. Thanks for this recipe!

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