Monday, December 13, 2010

Gingerbread Cheesecake

I love to bake(oh, really?), and so for my birthday yesterday I baked up this gingerbread cheesecake.  I actually made it late into the night/wee hours of the morning on  Saturday/Sunday. It was a hit with everyone!  My husband used so many superlatives I can't even remember them all! I must say I really enjoyed it too! It was dense and creamy at the same time, and had just enough molasses and spices to live up to its gingerbread name.
I used Martha Stewart's recipe, but for the gingerbread cookie crust(and little gingerbread men), I used my own "go to" recipe(*Link is included at the bottom in brown). So delicious! The perfect crust for this cheesecake!
It was really fun and satisfying watching this cheesecake take shape.  This is definitely another recipe to add to my Christmas tradition line-up!  I love the little gingerbread men on top!  Of course there are so many ways you can decorate this dessert.  I may have a little fun with it next year and change it up a bit. We'll see:)
Nicole left a comment on my "Gingerbread Truffles" post wanting to see this table runner.  Nicole, this one's for you:) BTW,  I ordered this from Gooseberry Patch a couple of years ago. (I guess I should have ironed it.) Isn't it cute?

Gingerbread Cheesecake
(Martha Stewart)

Serves 10
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/4 recipe of the dough for Molasses-Gingerbread Cookies 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 6 gingerbread men (see above)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap exterior of a 9-inch springform pan in 2 layers of foil.
  2. On a generously floured piece of parchment, roll dough to a 13-by-10-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush off excess flour. Slide dough and parchment onto a baking sheet. Bake until firm and golden brown, about 14 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack. Break into large pieces, then pulse in a food processor until finely ground.
  3. Combine butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 cups cookie crumbs in a bowl. Press mixture firmly and evenly into bottom and one-third of the way up sides of prepared pan. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool on rack.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and the vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in molasses, salt, spices, and lemon zest. Pour filling into cooled crust.
  5. Place cheesecake in a large, shallow roasting pan. Transfer to oven, and carefully add enough hot water to roasting pan to come about halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until cheesecake is set but still slightly wobbly in center, 60 to 65 minutes. Carefully remove springform pan from roasting pan, and let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight).
  6. Before serving, run a hot knife around edges of cheesecake to loosen, and remove sides of pan. Arrange gingerbread cookies in center of cake in a circle (with heads facing inward and arms touching, alternating light and dark.
*THIS is the gingerbread cookie recipe I used.  I doubled it and used a 1/4 of it for the crust

ENJOY!

39 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH!!! YUM. Sue, I would love to share warm gingerbread cookies and cinnamon tea at your table.

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  2. first of all...could you come up with a better combination? i mean...cheesecake and ginger---i am in love. and the way you decorated it---adorable. happy belated birthday!
    i'm loving the truffles too!

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  3. Wow, This looks absolutely amazing. Ilove the way you decorated the cake too. Really adorable.

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  4. Yum! I love that you made the gingerbread for the crust too. I don't know what is cuter your cheesecake or your table runner.

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  5. Happy belated birthday, Sue! Wish you great health and beauty, and lots and lots of joy, love, and baking success :-)

    Entirely love this gingerbread cheesecake, especially the very cute gingerbread decoration!!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Sue. This cake is so cute. You are always very good with cake designs and decorations.

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  7. Sue, this is really such a great cheesecake -- it even sounds fab after making, and eating, toffee all day with my sister. Those little gingerbread men on the top take the cake! Thanks for linking up to my "It's a Wonderful Life" Party. Good luck on winning the apron -- it is so cute! Joni

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  8. Oh wow!!! This looks fabulous!!! I'm definetly making this soon!!!!!

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  9. What an amazing looking cheesecake!
    Hope you had a wonderful Birthday!!!
    Love the gingerbread boys as decorations and the table runner is so cute :)

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  10. Just absolutely YUMMY!!! Thank you so much!

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  11. That is so professional looking. What a wonderful holiday treat (though I can imagine wanting it all year long!!)

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  12. I have never seen a recipe for gingerbread cheesecake, it looks delicious.

    -Brenda

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  13. Two of my favorite desserts combined into one--I love the sounds of this. You do such great work on the presentation of your desserts too! :-)

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  14. Sue, that is one of the most beautiful cheesecakes I've ever seen! It should be on the cover of any baking magazine or cookbook, but then again, everything you make is beautiful. Plus, it looks delicious, love the gingerbread men all around the top..perfection!

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  15. Happy (belated) Birthday Sue! I agree 100% with Lisa's comment above....this truly one of the most gorgeous cheesecakes I have ever seen!!!! You did an amazing job. Simply AMAZING! :-)

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  16. Happy Birthday Sue. This is a beautiful cheesecake. I also use Martha's gingerbread recipe but I've never thought to use it as a base for cheesecake. What a great idea. This is a cover shot. Love your new design on the sides of your blog. So festive.

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  17. I just love how you dressed up the cheesecake with those little gingerbread men. This really takes the cake.

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  18. Oh, I wanna bite right into that cake ... YUM!

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  19. Absolutely fabulous idea for a cheesecake Sue! :D

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  20. I've never seen a more adorable cheesecake! So cute!

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  21. Wow -- this is so cute and looks delightful!

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  22. Everything you do is just adorable. I love your creativity. I am showing it off to my husband right now. Those little gingerbread men are darling. The cheesecake sounds right up my alley and I have the cream cheese in the fridge too.

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  23. I ♥ gingerbread and cheesecake at all forms but having altogether in one bite is sure one satisfying experience. I wouldn't ask for more except tea and were on a party.

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  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Yum it looks so good, I think with all the other spices in this rich cheesecake I could learn to love the ginger, and the runner is adorable.

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  25. O.M.G. It's 5 am and I could eat some of that! It's gorgeous and it looks just amazing!

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  26. Whoa! Ginger overload - which is a GOOD thing! I love the little gingerbread guys as toppers and the runner is really cute! Happy late birthday!

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  27. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a fun time! This cake looks amazing. I have never tried the combo of gingerbread with cheesecake, but this looks like something that would be fun to make.

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  28. This is so sweet! I've seen it on their website and yours came out looking every bit as great. Awesome job and happy holidays!

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  29. This is beautiful and so festive.

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  30. This is such a genius idea.Super looking cheescake for holidays.I love that cute runner :)

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  31. Happy Birthday sweetie! You share my niece's birthday. This cheesecake is amazing!!! I am in love with the little gingerbread men on top!

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  32. This is so beautiful. How creative. I just love gingerbread men and this looks scrumptious!!!

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  33. Oh wow! That is a show stopper, love it!

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  34. This sounds and looks AMAZING!! I linked your post up to Christmas I'm Lovin' It Round Up!! thanks again!! http://tidymom.net/2010/im-lovin-it-christmas-round-up/

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  35. Thanks for the picture! I'll file it for when my kiddos are bigger and I get to sew more! The cheesecake looks amazing. If I wasn't doing my cookie exchange tomorrow I'd make it for dessert!

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  36. We ended up making that cake for Christmas! Well, to be honest - hubby made it. But it was SOOOOO good! It was gone way too fast!

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  37. Hi, Sue!!! I´m going to try this cheesecake because it looks delicious and it´s very amusing! I don´t know if I can use these ingredients in order to prepare it in a 18 cms pan, but I´ll try it! Thanks for your sweet words in your comment, Yes, we are adopting our second child. Our first child was adopted too. We are very happy and we would like to have a bigger family :) Now, waiting is harder and harder but spring is near! Thank you so much! :)

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