Thick, rich, and super creamy cheesecake adorned with a tangy swirl of fresh cranberries makes dessert a perfectly decadent experience.
Welcome to Day 5 of Christmas Week. This annual event was started in 2012, and is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. This year we have over 35 bloggers sharing festive sweet recipes for the event. We also all chipped in for a huge ($800 total!) Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, so be sure to keep scrolling to enter!
I tend to take a brief hiatus from pies for the holiday season, and instead shift into cheesecake mode. I’ve never once brought a cheesecake to a holiday gathering and left with anything but a few crumbs of crust on the plate. Everybody seems to love cheesecake! When I signed on for Christmas Week this year, I knew immediately that one of my recipes would definitely be a cheesecake. Most of the time, I make an easy New York-ish style cheesecake in a 13 x 9 pan because it takes almost no time to throw together and it bakes up as easily as a regular cake. When I’m short on time, a speedy no bake cheesecake is definitely the way to go.
When I’m going for dramatic presentation that is bound to impress in both appearance and taste, I always bake some variation of the über thick and creamy Postively Perfect Cheesecake. I get loads of requests for this cheesecake. People track me down and offer cash money for me to make one for them in their own springform pans so that they can totally pass it off as their own creation at their family Christmas gatherings, because well…it’s positively perfect. The recipe itself is pretty basic insofar as cheesecakes go, but it’s the baking method that ensures that it comes out ultra smooth, creamy, and perfect every. single. time.
Since I tend to hoard fresh cranberries in my freezer when they’re in season, I thought it would be fun to add a cranberry marbling on top of the cheesecake for a little holiday flair. I’m not talking Joanna’s 37 pieces of flair kind of flair. No. I’m talking a more subtle, je ne sais quoi kind of flair. Sweet. Elegant. Can’t-put-your-finger-on-it-but-can’t-stop-thinking-about-it kind of flair. Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake has just enough cranberry swirled on top to lend a touch of tang to each gloriously decadent slice. And flair. Plenty of cranberry flair.
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Recipes from Day 5 of Christmas Week! Please visit all our talented participants:
S’mores Christmas Crack Bars from Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Cookies from Desserts Required
Spiced Hibiscus Cranberry Mojitos from Pineapple and Coconut
Double Chocolate Peppermint Granola from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Peppermint Truffles from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Boozy Bourbon Balls from Amee’s Savory Dish
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake from Comfortably Domestic
Magic Cookie Bar Truffles from Farm Fresh Feasts
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from My Catholic Kitchen
Cardamom Coffee Bars with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting from Daily Appetite
Christmas Swirl Bundt Cake from Savory Experiments
Pumpkin Po’e from Aloha Flavor
Cherry Brandy Old Fashioned from Food Babbles
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies from Mind Over Batter
Chocolate Covered Snowmen S’more Sandwiches from Big Bear’s Wife
Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons from Everyday Southwest
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from CopyKat Recipes
Crock Pot Chocolate Cherry Nut Cups from Flour On My Face