These delicious Christmas cheesecake recipes are the perfect solution for a festive pudding if you aren't a fan of mince pies or a traditional Christmas pudding.
From a moreish nougat cheesecake to a baked orange and cranberry cheesecake that tastes like the holidays, these wonderful, alternative Christmas dessert ideas will impress your guests and make for fail-safe festive desserts you'll make time and again.
Lots of these cheesecake recipes can be made a day or so in advance, making Christmas prep that little bit easier. Simply keep it in the fridge, then when you're ready to eat it, pop it on a plate and top with fruit or nuts right before serving for that last-minute wow factor.
Christmas cheesecake recipes you need to try this year
No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake
This stunning white chocolate cheesecake can be decorated with chocolate curls and edible gold glitter for a pudding that's worthy of Christmas Day and can rival even the best Christmas cakes as the dessert centrepiece.
Ready in under 30 minutes, guests will love its dazzling finish and will have no idea just how easy it was to whip up.
Get the No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake recipe here.
This soft-set nougat pudding is not only delicious but it makes a show-stopping Christmas centrepiece. Use the Christmas cake decorating ideas you'd normally apply to a traditional pud to finish this mouthwatering dessert. We used edible glitter, paper reindeer and nougat decorations on top for a real touch of Christmas magic.
Unbelievably, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare so you'll not only wow your guests but you can do it with minimal effort!
Get the Nougat Cheesecake recipe here.
Is there a liquor more synonymous with Christmas than Baileys? With a seriously light and creamy texture, you will love the smooth, rich flavour from this classic dessert made with everyone's favourite Irish cream drink. Decorated simply with dark chocolate curls it makes a really sophisticated looking Christmas dessert.
Get the Baileys cheesecake recipe here.
Chocolate and Salted Peanut Cheesecake
The perfect balance between sweet and salty, this decadent dessert tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. If you prefer other flavours, you could try an almond or cashew butter to replace the peanut taste. Topped with chocolate curls, is there anything more festive than chocolate indulgence for the holiday season?
Get the chocolate and salted peanut cheesecake recipe here.
Christmas pudding cheesecake
If you know how to make Christmas pudding then make a little extra this year so you have ample leftovers for this ultimate Christmas cheesecake recipe.
Featuring whole chunks of Christmas pudding in the mixture, keep the traditional festive ingredient a secret or reveal all when you serve this dessert after chilling in the fridge overnight.
Get the recipe for Christmas pudding cheesecake here.
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Bananas and Butterscotch Sauce
The ultimate indulgence, this mascarpone, banana and butterscotch cheesecake is a real crowd pleaser. Perfect for people with a sweet tooth, the sticky butterscotch sauce combines beautifully with naturally sweet bananas and smooth Italian cream cheese. To add a bit of festive fun you could top with a little edible glitter.
Seville Orange Cheesecake
You can put that marmalade you have sitting at home to good use with this Seville orange cheesecake. The sharpness of the orange really cuts through the sweetness and it's super light too. Plus, it's a lovely way to bring the festive taste of orange to the dinner table.
Get the recipe for Seville Orange Cheesecake here.
Burnt Basque Cheesecake with Mulberry Sauce
Burnt Basque cheesecake isn't the most festive of all our Christmas cheesecake recipes but it's certainly seasonal thanks to the winter berries in the sauce.
If you can’t find fresh mulberries (or you don't like them) you can substitute them in this recipe for blackberries.
Get the Basque Cheesecake with Mulberry sauce recipe here.
Baked Rum and Raisin Cheesecake
The boozy raisins in this baked rum and raisin cheesecake add extra depth to its flavour and if you don't happen to have yellow rum, then you can use whatever you've got to hand so it's minimal fuss! This is more of a grown up dessert thanks to the good glugs of booze, so best to keep away from little guests.
Get the recipe for Baked Rum and Raisin Cheesecake here.
Orange and Cranberry Cheesecake
This simple baked orange and cranberry cheesecake is perfectly complemented by the cranberries that top it as they cut through the richness of the cake. And what's more festive than these little red berries?
Get the orange and cranberry cheesecake recipe here.
Baked Dark Cherry and Almond Cheesecake
The cherries add a wonderful colour to this smooth and rich dark cherry and almond cheesecake and they are perfectly complimented by the nutty almonds.
For an extra festive touch, replace the water for port in the cherry compote.
Get the recipe for Baked Dark Cherry and Almond Cheesecake here.
Baked Apple Cheesecake
The apple, cinnamon and walnuts in this cheesecake make this the perfect dessert for a cold winter day.
A great seasonal dessert, we love to serve this cheesecake with some cream or a scoop of real vanilla ice-cream.
Get the recipe for Baked Apple Cheesecake here.
Marbled Fudge Cheesecake Bars
Everyone loves brownies and cheesecake and with these marbled fudge bars you'll never have to pick between the two again, as they're halfway between both.
The perfect sweet finger-food if you're looking for Christmas cheesecake recipes to add to your festive buffet or take to a holiday party.
Get the recipe for Marbled Fudge Cheesecake Bars here.
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