This eggnog cheesecake is SOO GOOD. It’s creamy and melts in your mouth! That classic eggnog taste makes it the best dessert for the holiday season!
Classic Eggnog Cheesecake
Well, putting two of my favorite things together in one (like this eggnog cheesecake!) really turned out amazing! This dessert could not be more perfect for the holiday season! In fact, it’s so good that I would bake it at least once now so you can see how good it is. Because you will definitely want to bake it again later! It has the perfect amount of eggnog flavoring. It’s not too strong but you can definitely taste it.
Eggnog is already so creamy that it complements the texture of a cheesecake so well! And not only does it taste amazing but it looks gorgeous! These sugared cranberries make the perfect topping for it! Don’t be intimidated by baking a cheesecake. I have added so many tips and tricks to this post that will help yours turn out just right! Go ahead and give it a try, you will be so glad that you did!
Ingredients for Eggnog Cheesecake
These ingredients are fairly simple! I especially love the eggnog combined with the nutmeg… It’s so festive! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.
Graham crackers: You will crush these up to make graham cracker crumbs!Sugar: This sweetens the crust up a bit. Ground Nutmeg: I love the flavor that nutmeg brings. It reminds me of the holiday season!Butter: I melted the butter to mix the crust all together. Salt: Just a pinch will work!
Cream Cheese: Set your cream cheese out about 30 minutes before you start baking. When you soften it to room temperature then it mixes up so smoothly!Eggnog: You can use store bought eggnog or you can make this Homemade Eggnog! It’s soo good. Granulated sugar: This adds some sweetness to balance out the tangy cream cheese. Eggs: I used large eggs that were at room temperature.Ground nutmeg: This will pull in that same flavoring from the crust. They go so well together! Vanilla: This adds a little flavoring to the sweetness. Rum Extract: This is totally optional so you can leave it out if you want!
Whipped Cream Topping
Heavy Whipping Cream: This is what you will mix up to make that fluffy topping which completes this eggnog cheesecake.Eggnog: You can use store bought eggnog or you can make this Homemade Eggnog!Ground Nutmeg: Adds a tiny bit of earthy flavor to the whipped cream. Powdered sugar: This dissolves the easiest so it will help make the whipped cream smooth.
Let’s Bake a Cheesecake!
If you’ve never made a cheesecake then you should definitely try this eggnog cheesecake! Master it just in time for the holidays and everyone will be so impressed!
Preheat oven and mix ingredients: Preheat the oven to 325. In a medium bowl mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, nutmeg, salt and melted butter together. This should resemble damp sand.Form into pan: Pour your crumb mixture into a 9 inch springform pan and press evenly into the pan. You can use the bottom of a flat glass or a flat measuring cup to really press it in well and get a nice, even crust.Bake and cool: Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely
Beat cream cheese: Add the softened cream cheese to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and beat with a paddle at medium/high speed for about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for a few seconds more.Combine with sugar and eggnog: Add the sugar to the cream cheese and mix at medium-low speed until just combined. Scrape the bowl again and slowly add the eggnog until it is combined and the batter is smooth.Add eggs and beat: Add eggs and beat on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds-1 minute. Scrape the bowl again.Mix in the rest of the ingredients: Add the nutmeg, vanilla and rum extract. Beat until just combined. At this point the batter should be smooth and fairly runny.Wrap springfoam pan with foil: Using 18 inch heavy duty aluminum foil, wrap the outside of your springform pan with 3-4 sheets of foil.Add cheesecake batter to pan: Place the wrapped pan in a deep roasting pan. You can alternatively use a baking sheet, so long as the sides are about 2 inches deep. Add the cheesecake batter to the springform pan.Add water to baking sheet (a water bath): Using very hot water, add water to the baking sheet until there is about 1 ½ inch of water around the springform pan. On a rack in the lower 3rd of the oven, carefully move your pan into the oven.
Bake: Bake for 1-1 ½ hours. After about an hour of baking, check the cheesecake’s consistency. A slight jiggle of the pan (while still in the oven) should tell you if it’s ready or needs more time. The cheesecake should be jiggly, but not liquid. If it seems very liquid still, give it 15 more minutes and check it again.Turn off oven and leave it IN THE OVEN while it cools: Once the cheesecake is firm, yet jiggly, turn the oven off but leave the eggnog cheesecake in the oven for another hour or so, until the oven has cooled down. Resist the temptation to open the oven during this time! The purpose of this step is to allow the cheesecake to cool slowly as the oven cools. Doing this will prevent it from cracking, as one of the biggest reasons cheesecakes crack is the drastic temperature change going from the hot oven into the much cooler kitchen. Chill in fridge: Once the oven and the cheesecake are cooled, remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil lining the pan. Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.Release springform with knife, top and serve: Before serving, run a knife around the edge of the pan to ensure an easy release when the springform is removed. Top with the whipped cream topping and enjoy!
Mix ingredients: sing a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, eggnog, nutmeg and powdered sugar together until medium still peaks form.Add whipped cream and garnish: Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cheesecake and dust lightly with ground nutmeg.
How to Prevent Cheesecake from Cracking
Whenever you see a professional cheesecake, it is smooth with no cracks! Here is how you can get your eggnog cheesecake to do that!
Let it cool IN THE OVEN: I can’t stress the importance of this enough! Once the cheesecake is done cooking then you turn the oven off then leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. Keep it in there until the oven has completely cooled down. Don’t open the door: Doing this will prevent it from cracking. One of the biggest reasons cheesecakes crack is the drastic temperature change going from the hot oven into the much cooler kitchen.
These are good baking tips to remember whenever you are making something in the kitchen! This eggnog cheesecake is so good and you want to follow all of the steps to make sure that it turns out perfectly!
Don’t overmix: When you over mix or set your mixer to mix on high then you add more air to your batter! This can cause some cracks in your cheesecake. To prevent this then you should use room temperature ingredients. Then you don’t have to mix so many lumps and you can do it on a lower speed.Don’t use a toothpick: Using a toothpick to check for doneness is not something that you want to to with a cheesecake! It will cause it to crack. If it is firm yet slightly jiggly, then you can turn off the oven and let it cool (in the oven… again, I can’t stress this enough!)Don’t open the oven door: I know that it’s tempting to open the oven door while you are baking your cheesecake. But when you open the door while you are baking, you let a lot of the heat out. This makes it so that your cheesecake will crack. Use the oven light instead of opening the door! Room temperature ingredients: This can take a bit of thought beforehand but it really helps! Make sure to take all of your refrigerated ingredients out and put them on the counter before you plan on baking. Bringing your ingredients to room temperature really helps them mix nicely together and makes the batter really smooth!
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftover eggnog cheesecake then you should place it in an airtight container and put it in your fridge. It can last for about a week!
1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs about 12 crackers¼ cup sugar½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg¼ cup butter meltedPinch salt
2 Pounds Cream Cheese Softened (4 8oz packages)1 Cup Eggnog1 Cup Granulated Sugar5 Large Eggs¾ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg2 Teaspoons Vanilla½ Teaspoon Rum Extract optional
Whipped Cream Topping
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream3 Tablespoons Eggnog¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
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