Cranberry-Chocolate Cheesecake

This delicious cranberry cheesecake makes for the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert. Creamy chocolate marble cheesecake topped with cranberry sauce is sure to be a hit. Add sugared cranberries for a pop of color on this holiday dessert.

Cranberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 recipe Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 ½ cup finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • cup butter, melted

  • 3 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 4 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

  • Sugared cranberries* (optional)

Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 cup fresh cranberries

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • cup cranberry juice


  1. Prepare Cranberry Sauce; cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F. For crust, in a medium bowl combine crushed chocolate cookies and 1 tablespoon of the flour; stir in melted butter. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom and 1-1/2 to 2 inches up the side of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and the remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs and milk; beat just until combined. Divide filling in half.

  3. Stir 3/4 cup of the sauce into melted chocolate; stir chocolate mixture into half of the filling. Pour chocolate filling into crust-lined pan, spreading evenly. Spoon plain filling over chocolate filling; swirl gently to marble.

  4. Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a 2-1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently shaken.

  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small knife, loosen crust from side of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove side of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. If desired, sprinkle with Sugared Cranberries. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Cranberry Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan combine cranberries, sugar, and cranberry juice. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally.


To make sugared cranberries, roll frozen cranberries in granulated sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
31g Fat
51g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 7.1mg 35%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.8mg 10%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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