Eggnog Kahlua Cheesecake With a Gingersnap Crust

Cynthia Rivers Martinez


I got the inspiration for this recipe in the 2009 BHG December issue. Over the years there have been some changes added to it. What you are getting is the best one so far. It never had any alcohol until last year. I never used the Grape Nuts for the crust but didn't get this one together until last year. This was made for my oldest son Hunter Jack because he loves eggnog.

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This delicious cheesecake recipe embodies Christmas. The flavors of eggnog and Kahlua blend to create a delectable holiday dessert. Rum and nutmeg add a rich, buttery, sweet flavor and then there's a bite from the spicy gingerbread crust. Caramel drizzled on top guarantees everyone will fall in love with this cheesecake at first bite.

Note: If you want to remove the cheesecake from the bottom of the pan, cut a round of parchment paper and put it on the bottom of the pan (before adding the crust ingredients) for easy removal. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 5 votes

30 Min
1 Hr



  • 3/4 box
    gingersnap cookies (16 oz box; use 12 oz)
  • ·
    about 1 sleeve of graham crackers
  • 1 c
    sweet pecans
  • 7 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash(es)
    sea or kosher salt

  • 3 box
    cream cheese, 8 oz each
  • 1 c
  • 4
    eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    rum flavoring

  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 c
    light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Eggnog Kahlua Cheesecake With a Gingersnap Crust


  1. Heat oven to 375 and butter a 9-10" springform pan. Set aside.
  2. In food processor bowl, process the gingersnaps. Put aside in another bowl.
  3. Then process the graham crackers.
  4. While still processing, add sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, sea salt, and pecans.
  5. Add back in gingersnaps and slowly add butter til processed to crumb form.
  6. Press into a springform pan to about 1" up the side.
  7. Bake 10-12 min until lightly brown.
  8. In clean food processor bowl, add cream cheese until smooth.
  9. Add sugar until combined.
  10. Then add eggs scraping down sides until combined.
  11. Add eggnog, vanilla, rum flavor, and Kaluha until combined.
  12. Pour filling into crust.
  13. Bake 45 min until sides are slightly puffed (center will be soft). Turn off oven, leave the door ajar and let sit for 1 hr.
  14. Then transfer to the countertop and let sit 30 min. Once the cheesecake has cooled, loosen sides and refrigerate overnight.
  15. Make the caramel topping the next day prior to serving. To make the caramel topping, melt the butter in a saucepan.
  16. Add the milk and sugar; let come to a boil.
  17. Let it boil until sugar is all melted; stirring constantly.
  18. Take off the burger and add the vanilla.
  19. Continue stirring until mixture coats the back of the spoon.
  20. Drizzle sauce over cheesecake. Then cut and serve.

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About Eggnog Kahlua Cheesecake With a Gingersnap Crust

Course/Dish: Cakes Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: For Kids

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