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8 Scrumptious Cheesecake Recipes to Destroy Your Holiday Diet Plans

A delicious holiday cheese cake surrounded by pine branches and a cup of espresso with latte art.
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The holidays are full in swing, which means yearly health goals are just around the corner. Before you dive in too deep, try one of these sweet and calorific cheesecakes.

A splash brandy in your eggnog is one way of enjoying Christmas. Or perhaps candy canes and gingerbread man cookies are more your thing. Either way, we’ve got a cheesecake version you will love.

Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake

A slice of baileys cheesecake with a ganache on top and a fork on the side.
My Baking Addiction

Any recipe that has Baileys written in the title should have you hooked, but if that isn’t enough for you, then how does a silky chocolate ganache topping sound?

You’ll first make an Oreo cookie crust then mix just a few simple ingredients to create a rich and dense cheesecake. The quick bite from the Irish cream liquor blended with the subtly sweet taste of cream cheese makes quite a pair.

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Gingerbread Cheesecake

A slice of gingerbread cheesecake with a gingerbread cooking garnish pressed into the cake.
Life Love and Sugar

Gingerbread is one of those quintessential foods that come with the joys of the Holidays. For some, it’s linked baking cookies, others enjoy competing in the annual gingerbread house contest, and of course, there’s the martini version too!

Either way, we know this all goes down in the cold months of winter. From a shortbread crust to gingerbread cheesecake filling and molasses mousse topping, you’ll fall in love with the flavors of this cheesecake.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake

A top view of a swirled red velvet cheesecake.
Food Network

This recipe has won over the hearts of many jolly souls over the years. Cocoa powder and red food coloring bring in the red velvet to life, while cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs take on the cheesecake form. Grab a glass of milk and wash it all down.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

The side view of a full chocolate peppermint cheesecake with chocolate ganache and crushed peppermint, and chocolate on top.

You can’t go through December without indulging in something that has peppermint in it. Whether it’s crushed and used for a martini rim, or used as décor for your Christmas tree, this common Christmas Candy is valued by many.

Enjoy this creamy cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache. Each bite provides a cooling aftertaste from the minty crushed candy cane.

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Chunk Cheesecake

A slice of chocolate cranberry cheesecake with a fork, white linen in the background.
Taste of Home

This New York-style cheesecake is full of fresh and flavorful ingredients. The tart and tangy dried cranberries work so well with the silky white chocolate.

Once again, the Oreo crust takes (cheese)cake and provides that sweet and chocolatey crunch we all love in this decadent dessert. Try this recipe for your next Holiday party- it’s a fan favorite.

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Salted Caramel Cheesecake

A slice of salted caramel cheese cake topped with a caramel sauce that is dripping over the side of the freshly sliced cake.
Butternut Bakery Blog

Salted caramel treats are always a hit, especially this time of year. The sweet and buttery swirl of caramel combined with a salty bite makes a phenomenal combination.

This silky smooth cheesecake is said to be perfectly balanced and also offers a gingersnap cookie crust for additional flair. If any of these flavors are singing out to you, then it’s time to get to baking.

You will also have an opportunity to learn how the author from Butternut Bakery creates a super creamy cheesecake without cracks. This is one you don’t want to miss.

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Eggnog Cheesecake

A slice of eggnog cheesecake with a box of shortbread cookies in the background.
Sugar and Soul

If you are looking for a dessert that screams Christmas and all the Holiday glee, then feast your eyes on this gorgeously smooth and decadent eggnog cheesecake.

This cheesecake is filled with creamy eggnog, and even a bit of smoky whiskey, which combined creates the perfect touch. You’ll also love using walkers shortbread cookies to create the tastiest buttery cookie crust. Enjoy each bite; for this cake will quickly disappear.

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Sugar Cookie Cheesecake

A full cheesecake with a piped boarder with festive sprinkles.
My Baking Addiction

Most Holiday parties include some sort of platter filled with a vast arrangement of bite-size cookies. Well, we’re here to say you can skip all that if you are short on time- we’ve found a sugar cookie cheesecake.

Sure, cheesecake takes many hours to make, but the main bulk of that is baking, cooling, and refrigerating. So really that leaves plenty of time for other essential household tasks.

Enjoy this sweet and flavorful cheesecake made with baileys frosted cookie creamer, and sugar cookie crust.

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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