The thought of gingerbread resonates with all things Christmas: gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses, and gingerbread lattes from Starbucks. That’s why when I first heard of gingerbread cheesecake, I couldn’t wait to try out the recipe. I made a step-by-step video demonstrating how to make the gingerbread cheesecake, check it out below.
Looking for the recipe? Download it and print it out for yourself here: Gingerbread Cheesecake
So, with the holiday season upon us, I baked this decadent cheesecake for an early Christmas get-together at my place. The only unusual ingredients in the recipe are molasses and ground cloves; everything else you should be able to find around your kitchen. The original recipe suggested using ginger crisps as the crust for your cheesecake, but graham cracker crumbs worked out just fine.
The cheesecake is topped with a rich ganache, which is a creamy chocolate mixture that can be used as a glaze, an icing, a filling, or to make truffles. In this case, the ganache is simply poured over the cake to act as a glaze. The recipe originally called for whipping cream, but you can make the ganache with milk instead for a lighter taste.
After pouring the ganache on the finished cheesecake, you can serve it straight away, or store it in the refrigerator. Or, if you’d like, you can get creative with the cake and add some decorative accents. Along with my cheesecake, I also make a batch of gingerbread cookies (You can find my Gingerbread Cookie Recipe on my site as well!). I used a shot glass to cut out little circle-shaped cookies, and after baking, spelled out “Merry Christmas” on the circles in icing. I placed these around the edge of my cheesecake, and put a decorated gingerbread man cookie in the center. I definitely think this finishing touch makes the cheesecake much more festive, and also makes it easy for guests to tell what flavor of cheesecake is being served!
So what did my guests think of the cheesecake? They loved it! It’s the perfect cheesecake for the holiday season.
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