Eggnog Cheesecake

Indulge in the holiday spirit with our Eggnog Cheesecake recipe, a luxurious dessert that marries the creamy richness of eggnog with the velvety smoothness of cheesecake. This dessert is perfect for spreading festive cheer at any gathering, combining seasonal flavors in every decadent bite.



  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

Eggnog Cheesecake Filling:

  • 32 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Eggnog Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg


Prepare the Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and prepare a larger roasting pan for water bath.

Make the Crust:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ground nutmeg, melted butter, rum extract, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the greased springform pan.

Prepare the Filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Gradually add granulated sugar, then beat in eggs one at a time until smooth.
  2. Mix in eggnog, rum extract, cornstarch, and nutmeg until well combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared crust in the springform pan.

Bake the Cheesecake:

  1. Place the springform pan in the larger roasting pan in the oven. Carefully pour hot water into the roasting pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  2. Bake for 85 minutes. After baking, let the cheesecake rest in the oven with the door open for 10-15 minutes before removing.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and let it cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen, then cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Make the Eggnog Whipped Cream:

  1. Chill a mixing bowl and whisk attachment. Beat heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
  2. Slowly pour in eggnog and rum extract, continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spread a portion of whipped cream over the chilled cheesecake. Use the rest to pipe decorative rosettes.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Slice and Serve: After refrigerating the cheesecake, remove it from the springform pan and slice using a sharp knife dipped in hot water for clean cuts. Serve on dessert plates or cake stands for an elegant presentation.
  2. Garnish: Before serving, consider adding a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or a dusting of powdered sugar on top of each slice for an extra festive touch.
  3. Pairing Suggestions: Serve each slice with a warm beverage like coffee, hot chocolate, or even a spiced tea to complement the rich flavors of the cheesecake.
  4. Eggnog Whipped Cream: Ensure the eggnog whipped cream remains chilled until serving time to maintain its texture and pipability. Decorate each slice generously with rosettes or dollops just before serving.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover cheesecake in an airtight container or cover the springform pan tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 5 days to maintain freshness and flavor.
  2. Freezing: If you plan to freeze the cheesecake, it’s best to do so without the whipped cream topping. Wrap the cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  3. Avoid Moisture: To prevent the cheesecake from absorbing odors or flavors from other foods in the refrigerator, store it on a dedicated shelf away from strong-smelling items.
  4. Quality Check: Before serving leftover cheesecake, inspect it for any signs of drying out or loss of texture. If needed, freshen up the presentation with a new layer of eggnog whipped cream or additional garnishes.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Eggnog Cheesecake remains fresh, flavorful, and irresistibly delicious from the first slice to the last. Enjoy sharing this festive dessert with loved ones during the holiday season and beyond!


  1. Chocolate Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Add 1 cup of melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate to the cheesecake filling mixture. Adjust sugar accordingly based on sweetness preference. Top with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder.
  2. Spiced Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Enhance the nutmeg flavor by adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves to the cheesecake filling. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top before serving.
  3. Gingerbread Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Mix 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger into the graham cracker crust mixture. Garnish with gingerbread cookie crumbs or small gingerbread cookies.
  4. Rum Raisin Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Soak 1/2 cup of raisins in 1/4 cup of rum for at least 1 hour. Drain the raisins and fold them into the cheesecake filling before baking. Top with a rum-infused whipped cream.
  5. Nutty Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds to the graham cracker crust mixture for a crunchy texture. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the whipped cream.
  6. Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes:
    • Instead of one large cheesecake, make individual servings in muffin tins lined with cupcake liners. Adjust baking time accordingly for smaller portions.
  7. Eggnog Cheesecake Bars:
    • Press the graham cracker crust mixture into a rectangular baking dish. Bake as directed for the crust, then pour the cheesecake filling over it. Once cooled and set, cut into bars and serve.
  8. Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Substitute cream cheese with a vegan cream cheese alternative. Use plant-based eggnog and replace eggs with a suitable egg replacer. Ensure all ingredients are vegan-friendly.
  9. No-Bake Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Create a no-bake version by using a combination of whipped cream and gelatin to set the filling. Chill in the refrigerator until firm. Top with eggnog-flavored whipped cream before serving.
  10. Fruit-Topped Eggnog Cheesecake:
    • Decorate the cheesecake with a layer of sliced strawberries, raspberries, or pomegranate seeds before adding the eggnog whipped cream. This adds a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors.

Experiment with these variations to customize your Eggnog Cheesecake according to personal preferences or to cater to dietary restrictions. Each variation adds a unique twist while maintaining the essence of this festive dessert.


  1. Can I use store-bought eggnog for this recipe?
    • Yes, store-bought eggnog works perfectly well in this recipe. Choose your favorite brand for the best flavor.
  2. Can I make the cheesecake crust ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! You can prepare the crust ahead of time and store it tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before assembling the cheesecake.
  3. How do I prevent cracks from forming on the cheesecake?
    • Baking the cheesecake in a water bath helps regulate the temperature and prevent cracks. Also, avoid over-mixing the batter and allow the cheesecake to cool gradually after baking.
  4. Can I omit the rum extract?
    • Yes, you can omit the rum extract if you prefer. It adds a subtle flavor, but the cheesecake will still taste delicious without it.
  5. How do I know when the cheesecake is done baking?
    • The edges of the cheesecake should be set, and the center should still have a slight jiggle when gently shaken. It will continue to set as it cools.
  6. Can I freeze leftover cheesecake?
    • Yes, you can freeze leftover cheesecake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
  7. What can I use instead of cornstarch in the filling?
    • You can use an equal amount of all-purpose flour or arrowroot powder as a substitute for cornstarch.
  8. How should I store leftovers?
    • Store leftover cheesecake covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days for the best quality. Keep it in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing other flavors.
  9. Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free graham cracker crumbs for the crust and ensuring all other ingredients are gluten-free certified.
  10. Can I substitute the eggnog with another type of milk?
    • While it will alter the flavor, you can substitute eggnog with a mixture of heavy cream and milk, flavored with vanilla extract and a pinch of nutmeg, to approximate the eggnog taste.

These FAQs cover common questions about making and storing Eggnog Cheesecake, ensuring you have all the information needed to create a delicious dessert for any occasion.

Celebrate the holiday season with our Eggnog Cheesecake recipe, a delightful blend of creamy cheesecake, eggnog, and spices. Whether for a festive gathering or a cozy family dessert, this treat promises to be a highlight of your celebrations. Enjoy the flavors of the season in every slice!