22 Nov 2011

Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake Recipe

I tried out a new recipe for cheesecake and I absolutely loved how it turned out! This cheesecake was so incredibly delicious. I made it for a dinner party with 6 guests, and everyone loved it. It's so perfect for upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and makes for a beautiful presentation.

  • 1 9-ounce box chocolate wafer cookies, crumbled
  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • dash of cinnamon

  • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature (about 900g)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • grated peel from 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange liqueur (like Grand Manier) or brandy 

  • 1/2 cup sugar (100g)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (500-600g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cranberry liqueur (optional)

For crust:
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Finely grind cookies and chocolate in processor. Add cinnamon, then butter; blend until moist clumps form. Using plastic wrap as aid, press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 1/4 inches up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool completely. 

For filling:
Increase oven temperature to 350°F (175°C). Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light. Beat in flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended. Beat in orange peel, liqueur, and vanilla. 

Pour filling into crust. Bake the cheesecake in a waterbath, or slide a roasting tray of water underneath the cake form. Bake until filling is just set in center but still moves slightly, about 1 hour. Turn off oven, place wooden spoon into the oven door to allow the heat to escape slowly, and let the cheesecake cool fully. Then cover and chill overnight. 

For topping:
Stir sugar and water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium; add cornstarch mixture and bring to simmer. Add cranberries; cook until beginning to pop, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Stir in orange peel and cranberry liqueur. Cool completely. Cover and chill overnight. (Cheesecake and cranberry topping can be made a day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Run knife around top edge of cheesecake to loosen. Release pan sides. Top cheesecake with cranberries and serve immediately.


  1. Yumm! I love cheesecake and that one looks fab!

  2. Mhhhhhh. Looks delicious!!!

  3. Anonymous8:58 pm

    I definitely likedddddddddddddd and u lookd gorgeoussssssssssss.Love everything u do

  4. Looks and sounds delicious! I deff will try it sometime!

    <3 Cat

  5. Anonymous5:01 am

    The first picture looks repulsive...like an over-sized oozing ulcer..but the others looks good and it sounds yummy! lol

  6. I realy love you video on cooking. Keep it up plz! :)

  7. Oh yum!

    I envy your cooking and baking abilities. I wish I had both the resources and time to do such a job.

  8. Wow. Looks amazing!

    Would you ever consider putting nutrition facts up along with your recipes?

  9. Hey Julia!
    This was an amazing recipe and I really enjoy your vids(cooking or not)and I would definitely want to see more cooking videos from you.

  10. Mouthwatering and looks so divine! I love cheesecake and so is my wife. For sure she will fall in love with me again if I bake her this. Thanks!

  11. It is so bad that I don't like cramberries... maybe I change the fruit!

    The Life After

  12. Nice and easy! Here cranberrt is called Framboesa, but I never ate them...

  13. Anonymous7:27 pm

    kannst du das rezep auch auf deutsch aufschreiben ,bitte ,denn ich würde es gerne nachmachen ;)

  14. Mha ha ha ha, I talked my parents into doing this cake for my bd next week :P >3< We can't find cranberries, but we tried it with strawberries - or just marmalade, in case we won't find any of these... Thanks a lot for the recipe! >3<

  15. Your recipe is perfect! I will try it as soon as I can... ;-)

  16. Anonymous5:10 pm

    I made this for a get together at my mother-in-law's last night and it was such a hit! Perfect for the holidays, not too difficult as long as you allow the time for cooling and refrigeration. I love cranberry-orange oatmeal cookies and knew this was going to be a great recipe. Thanks Julia!

  17. Hey Julia, I did the recipe and it was very easy, I've never had cooked before! See my results! http://zavob.posterous.com/first-time-i-cook-something

    xo, Gema :)

  18. We did this cake as well, and it's perfect for holidays, so festive! Thanks!

  19. Cheescake is cooling down in the oven and I just finished the cranberry topping which tastes heavenly good.also I absolutely loooved the batter for the cheescake. Can not wait to put it together to enjoy. Thanks for the recipe Julia a wonderful advent dessert!