Christmas Cheesecake


This heavenly dessert is a vanilla bean cheesecake layered with an easy cranberry jam and smooth white chocolate mousse.

Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 1 9-inch cheesecake
Author: Lyuba Brooke


Cranberry Jam:
16 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup brown sugar
5 Tbsp butter melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cheesecake Filling:
24 oz cream cheese softened
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp corn starch
½ cup white granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean


White Chocolate Mousse:
8 oz baking white chocolate bars (2-4 oz bars)
8 oz cream cheese softened
8 oz whipped topping like COOL Whip

Candied Cranberries: (Optional)
8 oz fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sugar or super fine sugar



Candied Cranberries (overnight):
Combine water and 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a sauce pot, over medium heat. Heat the mixture until sugar is all dissolved, while stirring slowly. Take off heat.

Let the mixture cool a bit before adding cranberries. Add cranberries, stir, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain cranberries in a colander.

Add 1/2 cup of sugar to a shallow bowl and coat cranberries is sugar. Set aside until ready to decorate.

Quick Cranberry Jam:
In a sauce pot, over medium heat, combine cranberries, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well cook cranberries stirring often.

Cook for 12-15 minutes. Take off heat and let it cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 inch springform pan. You will need a large roasting pan that’s bigger and longer than the springform pan. (I use the aluminum foil disposable ones). If you are not sure about your springform holding up in water, you can wrap the outside of the springform pan in heavy duty aluminum foil from bottom up to the sides. (I recommend wrapping the outside of the springform in foil before adding the crust and cheesecake batter.)

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir very well, until all incorporated. Press graham cracker

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