Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake

Cranberry, apple cider and ginger are all beloved flavors of the season, and they are celebrated in this Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake! Use your favorite brand of ready-made gingersnaps in this recipe.

Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake

December is flying by, and I’m in total denial that Christmas is so close! I’m trying to soak up all the deliciousness that the season has to offer, and this cheesecake is a good way to do that! Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to serve to dinner guests. This cheesecake is dense and rich, so smaller slices are appropriate. That also means you can serve a lot of people!

Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake

As far as cheesecakes go, this one is unfussy. It’s rustic, so you won’t have to use a water bath – just bake and cool. It also gets topped with whipped cream, so if your cheesecake cracks – no big! The apple cider flavor in the cheesecake is so wonderful, and with the gingersnap crust, it tastes like spiced cider!

I love Nyakers for this recipe. They are so thin and crisp, and they make a wonderful crust. They can be purchased online, but you can probably find them cheaper locally. Check your local World Market or specialty foods import store.

Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake

This cheesecake wonderful, warm flavors that remind me of winter holidays. I keep returning to the description ‘Spiced Apple Cider’. It’s so fitting!

I’m almost gilding the lily to apply the cranberry-cider glaze on top, but the tartness of the berries is a nice foil for all that creamy, dense cheesecake. It’s nice. I think you’ll agree!

Related recipe: Eggnog Mascarpone Cheesecake

Gingersnap Cider Cheesecake

Heather Baird
Cranberry, apple cider and ginger are all beloved flavors of the season, and they are celebrated in this cheesecake! Use your favorite brand of gingersnaps in this recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
4 hours setting time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 9-inch spring form pan



  • 7 oz. gingersnap cookies about 30, plus 5 extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 24 oz. 3 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to peaks

Cranberry Cider Glaze

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • To make crust, place the 30 gingersnap cookies in food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add melted butter and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and blend until combined. Press mixture into bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of the prepared pan; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add granulated sugar, the brown sugar, flour and powdered ginger, and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs until mixture is well combined, then cider just until combined. Pour into crust lined pan, and place pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, until edges are puffed and center is set.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until firm and well-set, 3-4 hours. Loosen and remove the spring form collar. Transfer to a serving plate or cake stand. Cover with the whipped heavy cream.
  • To prepare Cranberry Cider Glaze, combine cranberries, apple cider, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves, then reduce heat. Simmer 25 minutes or until syrupy. Let cool at room temperature.
  • Top the cheesecake with the cranberry glaze. Break the remaining gingersnaps into pieces and apply as a final garnish. Refrigerate cheesecake until ready to serve.


This recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.
The undecorated cheesecake can be frozen for up to 1 month. 
Keyword christmas cheesecake, cranberry cider glaze, gingersnaps
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4 years ago

Your recipes look so delicious and this holiday cheesecake looks divine. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and continued success in the New Year.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
4 years ago

Thank you Joan, what a lovely message. Happy holidays to you, too!

1 year ago

Apologies, Am I not seeing the temp to bake?

1 year ago
Reply to  Heather Baird

Oh excellent, thank you. Sometimes I read too fast and miss something. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this..