Eggnog cheesecake has a rich, creamy filling that sits on a spiced gingersnap crust. This holiday dessert is a hit!

cake server taking slice of cheesecake from plate

Christmas season is upon us and so are holiday cocktails. What’s your opinion on eggnog? I’m a fan so much so that I decided to make a cheesecake with the holiday drink. It has a rich, thick taste that is flavored with rum extract and nutmeg.

This eggnog cheesecake is also made with a ginger snap crust. The creamy cheesecake complements the spiced, crunchy crust perfectly. The two flavors together make the ultimate holiday dessert! Serve this cheesecake after Christmas dinner or during holiday parties. It’s a fan favorite.

slice of eggnog cheesecake with gingersnap crust, whipped cream and sugared cranberries
eggnog cheesecake ingredients in bowls labeled with text

How to make eggnog cheesecake

  1. Make the crust: Combine ingredients in a food processor. Press the mixture on the bottoms and sides of a 10-inch springform pan and bake until fragrant (10 minutes).
  2. Make the filling: Beat the cream cheese first to ensure it is smooth and no clumps remain. Follow it with the sugar and flour, then the eggs and eggnog. Finally add the rum extract and nutmeg for flavor.
  3. Bake the eggnog cheesecake in the ginger snap crust at 300 F for 55 to 60 minutes.
  4. Turn off the oven and crack open the door. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven for one hour
  5. Chill cheesecake in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight before slicing and serving.
photo collage demonstrating how to make gingersnap crust in a food processor and springform pan
photo collage demonstrating how to make eggnog cheesecake filling in a stand mixer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze eggnog cheesecake?

Yes! Cheesecake freezes very well. Let the cheesecake cool completely and remove the outer rim of the springform pan. You can keep the cake on the pan bottom or transfer to a plate. Freeze the cake uncovered until firm (about 1-2 hours). Remove from freezer and wrap it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil so no air can penetrate the cake. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator before cutting and serving.

Can I make this recipe without rum extract?

Yes. Replace the rum extract with vanilla extract.

Can I make this recipe without eggs?

No. Eggs helps bind the ingredients to keep the cheesecake stable. Most store-bought eggnogs have pasteurized eggs that heat-treats the mixture so it’s safe to eat. Cheesecake needs raw eggs to be baked so solidify the cheesecake filling.

What alcohol goes in eggnog?

Traditionally, brandy is added to eggnog. However, cognac, dark rum and even bourbon can be added to eggnog. It’s personal preference as to what you decide to add to your eggnog. I prefer rum and rum extract works well in this recipe.

Does this cheesecake need a water bath?

I found that this cheesecake does not need a water bath, but if you’d like to play it safe, it doesn’t hurt to do one. You can see how to make a water bath in my classic cheesecake post.

eggnog cheesecake garnished with whipped cream, dusting of nutmeg and sugared cranberries

Do you have extra eggnog in the refrigerator? Put it to good use with these recipes. I personally love frosted eggnog cookies, which feature eggnog and rum extract in both the cookie dough and the frosting! I switched up the alcohol for these eggnog cupcakes and used bourbon instead! If you love ice cream, then try this four ingredient eggnog ice cream.

Looking for more cheesecake recipes? Try my pumpkin cheesecake, which is also made with gingersnap crust. You can always go with a classic cheesecake with graham cracker crust too!

fork taking bite of eggnog cheesecake slice garnished with whipped cream and sugared cranberries

Eggnog cheesecake makes the perfect dessert for holiday gatherings. Make it for dessert on Christmas eve or serve it at your holiday party. If you try this recipe, tag @ifyougiveablondeakitchen on social media so I can see your creations!

cake server taking slice of eggnog cheesecake garnished with whipped cream and nutmeg from plate

Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog cheesecake is has a rich, creamy filling that sits on a spiced ginger snap crust. This holiday dessert is easy to make and simply delicious!
5 (4 ratings)

Ingredients

Ginger Snap Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups (191 g) ginger snap cookie crumbs , (I used Stauffer's Ginger Snaps)
  • ¼ cup (28 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter, melted

Eggnog Cheesecake

  • 3 cups (three 8 oz packages) cream cheese, , room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (24 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup (187 ml) eggnog,, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream and additional ground nutmeg for garnish,, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 10″ round springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the bottom and sides of the pan and set aside.

Gingersnap Crust

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until evenly mixed, about 1 minute. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of the springform pan making sure the sides are at least 1-inch high.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.

Eggnog Cheesecake

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat cream cheese until smooth and no clumps remain. Add the sugar and flour and beat until combined, about 2 minutes. Halfway through, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
  • Add the eggs and mix to combine, about 30 seconds. With the mixer on low, slowly add the eggnog. Finally, stir in the rum extract and nutmeg until incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottoms of the bowl if necessary.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan/crust and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
  • The cake is finished when the sides are set, but the center 2 inches of the cake is still a bit wobbly when gently shaken. Turn off the oven, prop open the door, and allow the cake to slowly cool in the oven for one hour. Then remove cake from the oven, lightly cover it and place it in the refrigerator to chill for 4+ hours or overnight.

Notes

Store eggnog cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Freezing eggnog cheesecake: Let the cheesecake cool completely and remove the outer rim of the springform pan. You can keep the cake on the pan bottom or transfer to a plate. Freeze the cake uncovered until firm (about 1-2 hours). Remove from freezer and wrap it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil so no air can penetrate the cake. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator before cutting and serving.
Serving: 1slice, Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 23g, Sodium: 254mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g

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