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Easy Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe With Graham Cracker Crust

Eggnog Cheesecake is a holiday dessert that has a graham cracker crust base and is filled with a thick and creamy filling just perfect for eggnog lovers! This easy cheesecake recipe is a delicious way to enjoy one of the most popular drink flavors of the season.

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Easy Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe With Graham Cracker Crust

There are plenty of cheesecake recipes you can turn to during the Christmas season, but why not try this one out? The creamy cheesecake filling has just the right amount of eggnog flavor and won’t overpower the other fresh ingredients that are a part of the dish. Here’s how to get started:

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Ingredients: 

  • Graham Crackers: Try a different cookie (Oreos!) for your own spin.
  • Sugar/ Butter / Flour / Eggs / Vanilla Extract: the foundation of the cheesecake
  • Cream Cheese: provides added richness and creaminess to the batter
  • Eggnog: adding this right into the recipe will spruce up that holiday flavor
  • Nutmeg: Don’t you feel cozy just reading the word “nutmeg”?
  • Whipped Cream: the tub kind is easier to pipe with, but you can use the can as well
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How To Make Eggnog Cheesecake

How To Make Eggnog Cheesecake:

Heat oven to 325 and mix together graham crackers and 2 tablespoons white sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into a 10″ spring-form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool. 

With a mixer, combine cream cheese and white sugar. Beat well. Add flour, eggs, eggnog and vanilla. Beat well. Fold into prepared crust and spread evenly. 

Add a pan of water to the bottom rack of your oven. Bake cheesecake for 44-50 minutes or until edges are set and the middle is a little jiggly. My edges were set about 2″ from the edge. Cool before refrigerating overnight. 

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Loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove the pan collar. Place whipped topping in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe whipped topping onto the outside edge of the cheesecake and sprinkle with ground nutmeg. Slice, wiping the knife after each slice, and serve. 

Serves 12

If you want to know how to make homemade heavy whipping cream, be sure to check out my easy recipe! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday dessert idea.

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FAQs

What can I substitute for eggnog in the recipe?

If you need a substitute for eggnog in a recipe, there are several options, depending on your dietary preferences and any potential restrictions. Here are some alternatives:

  1. Store-Bought Non-Dairy Eggnog: If you’re avoiding dairy, many grocery stores offer non-dairy versions of eggnog made with almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or other plant-based alternatives.
  2. Homemade Non-Dairy Eggnog: You can make your own non-dairy eggnog using a combination of non-dairy milk (such as almond, soy, or coconut milk), sweetener, vanilla extract, and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Dairy-Based Alternatives: If you’re not specifically avoiding dairy but don’t have eggnog on hand, you can use regular milk or a combination of milk and heavy cream. Add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon to mimic the flavors of eggnog.
  4. Flavored Syrups: Flavored syrups, such as vanilla or cinnamon syrup, can be added to milk to create a similar flavor profile to eggnog.
  5. Spiced Milk: Make a spiced milk mixture by combining milk with vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon to achieve a taste reminiscent of eggnog.
  6. Yogurt or Buttermilk: In some recipes, especially those where a tangy flavor is acceptable, you can use plain yogurt or buttermilk as a substitute.

Remember to consider the overall flavor and consistency of the eggnog in the recipe you’re preparing, and choose a substitute that aligns with your taste preferences and dietary needs. Adjust the sweetness and spices as necessary to match the flavor profile of eggnog.

How do I prevent cracks in my eggnog cheesecake?

Preventing cracks in your eggnog cheesecake involves a combination of careful preparation, baking techniques, and cooling methods. Here are some tips to help minimize or eliminate cracks:

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before you begin. This helps achieve a smooth and homogeneous batter.
  2. Avoid Overmixing: Overmixing the batter can incorporate too much air, leading to cracks. Mix the ingredients only until they are well combined.
  3. Use a Water Bath: Bake your cheesecake in a water bath. This involves placing the cheesecake pan in a larger pan filled with hot water. The water provides moisture in the oven, which can help prevent the cheesecake from drying out and cracking.
  4. Avoid Overbaking: Pay close attention to the baking time. Overbaking can lead to a dry cheesecake, increasing the chances of cracks. The center of the cheesecake should still have a slight jiggle when you remove it from the oven.
  5. Cool Gradually: Allow the cheesecake to cool gradually. Once it’s done baking, turn the oven off and open the oven door. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven for about an hour before transferring it to the counter.
  6. Refrigerate Before Serving: Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight before serving. This enhances the flavor and allows the cheesecake to set properly.
  7. Grease the Pan: Make sure to thoroughly grease the sides of the pan. This can prevent the cheesecake from sticking to the sides as it shrinks during cooling, reducing the risk of cracks.

Combining these tips increases the chances of baking a smooth and crack-free eggnog cheesecake. Remember that cheesecakes are delicate, and some minor cracks may not affect the taste or appearance significantly, especially if you plan to add toppings.

How far in advance can I make eggnog cheesecake?

Eggnog cheesecake can be made in advance, which is convenient for planning special occasions or holiday gatherings. The specific timeframe depends on your preferences and the recipe you’re using. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Up to 2-3 Days in Advance: You can make the eggnog cheesecake up to 2-3 days before serving it. This allows enough time for the flavors to meld and the cheesecake to be fully set in the refrigerator.
  2. Overnight Refrigeration: Refrigerating the cheesecake overnight after baking is often recommended for optimal flavor and texture. This allows it to firm up and develop its full taste.
  3. Freezing Option: If you want to prepare the cheesecake even further in advance, you can freeze it. Wrap the cheesecake securely in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. It can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.
  4. Thawing: If you do freeze the cheesecake, be sure to allow sufficient time for it to thaw in the refrigerator before serving. Thawing overnight is typically recommended.

What toppings go well with eggnog cheesecake?

Eggnog cheesecake has a rich and festive flavor, and you can enhance it with various toppings that complement its taste. Here are some delicious toppings that go well with eggnog cheesecake:

  1. Whipped Cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream is a classic and versatile topping. You can add a touch of sweetness by sweetening the whipped cream with a bit of sugar and a hint of vanilla.
  2. Nutmeg Dusting: Grate fresh nutmeg over the top of the cheesecake for a warm and aromatic flavor that pairs perfectly with the eggnog base.
  3. Caramel Sauce: Drizzling caramel sauce over the cheesecake adds a delightful sweetness and a caramelized flavor that complements the eggnog taste.
  4. Maple Syrup: A drizzle of pure maple syrup can add a rich, natural sweetness that pairs well with the creamy eggnog flavor.
  5. Cinnamon Sugar: Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on top for a simple yet effective way to enhance the spice profile of the cheesecake.
  6. Gingerbread Crumbs: Crumbled gingerbread cookies or gingersnap crumbs make for a festive and flavorful topping that adds a bit of crunch.
  7. Berries or Fruit Compote: Fresh berries or a fruit compote can provide a burst of freshness and a slightly tart contrast to the rich eggnog flavor.
  8. Toasted Pecans or Walnuts: Chopped and toasted nuts add a wonderful crunch and a nutty flavor that complements the creamy texture of the cheesecake.
  9. Chocolate Ganache: Drizzling chocolate ganache over the top can add a luxurious touch and create a delightful chocolate-and-eggnog combination.
  10. Sprinkle of Powdered Sugar: A light dusting of powdered sugar adds an elegant finish to the cheesecake and enhances its visual appeal.

Feel free to get creative and combine several toppings for a more elaborate presentation.

Tips and Variations:

  • Consider adding gingersnap cookies to the top to add some decorative pieces to your dessert.
  • This creamy eggnog cheesecake is served best chilled.
  • If you are bringing this sweet treat to a friend, consider writing the instructions on a recipe card for the host.
  • Looking for additional toppings? How about caramel sauce? It will take this decadent dessert to the next level.
  • Serve with homemade eggnog. It’s the perfect way to tie the entire theme together.

What do you think about this easy eggnog cheesecake? It’s simply the best dessert! I always love to seek out new recipes for the holidays. Hopefully, you will give this one a try.

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What If I Want To Add Rum To This Recipe?

If you’d like to add a little rum to this eggnog cheesecake, you can! Simple add ¼ cup rum to the batter and enjoy!

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Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 12
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Eggnog Cheesecake is a holiday dessert that has a graham cracker crust base and is filled with a thick and creamy filling just perfect for eggnog lovers! This easy cheesecake recipe is a delicious way to enjoy one of the most popular drinks of the season.

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve (9 full-size crackers) graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 bricks, 8 oz each, cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup eggnog 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 small tub of whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 and mix together graham crackers and 2 tablespoons white sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into a 10" spring-form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool. 
  2. With a mixer, combine cream cheese and white sugar. Beat well. Add flour, eggs, eggnog and vanilla. Beat well. Fold into prepared crust and spread evenly. 
  3. Add a pan of water to the bottom rack of your oven. Bake cheesecake for 44-50 minutes or until edges are set and the middle is a little jiggly. My edges were set about 2" from the edge. Cool before refrigerating overnight. 
  4. Loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove the pan collar. Place whipped topping in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe whipped topping onto the outside edge of the cheesecake and sprinkle with ground nutmeg. Slice, wiping the knife after each slice, and serve. 

Notes

Serves 12

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 6g

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