Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake with Cran-Raspberry Compote

cheesecake right from the oven

One of my all-time favorite holiday cheesecakes from Bon Appetit.  I've been making this for years. It's super delicious and will wow your guests.  I just love the tartness of the cranberries with the cheesecake. Cake can be make a day or two ahead or even frozen. I usually start the cranberry puree 1 days ahead because it has to chill but make sure it's not too cold as it will sink in your batter. It should be brought up to room temperature before swirling. You need a 10-inch pan for this and another pan to steam the cheesecake in. Steaming makes all cheesecakes in my opinion better.

Yield: Serves 12


For cranberry purée

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
For crust

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 3/4 cups finely ground butter biscuit cookies or butter cookies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For filling

  • 4, 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Make cranberry purée: Combine all ingredients except vanilla in heavy large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to processor. Add vanilla. Puree until smooth. Strain into medium bowl. Cover with plastic. Refrigerate at least 6 hours.
Make crust: Spray 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with nonstick spray. Wrap outside of pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil. Blend cookies, sugar and cinnamon in processor. Add butter; blend until moist clumps form. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of pan. Chill crust while preparing filling.
Make filling: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla.Transfer 1/3 of filling to prepared crust. Dollop 1/3 of cranberry puree atop filling. Repeat layering of filling and puree 2 more times. Using knife, swirl puree through filling, creating marbled design.

Place springform pan in large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until cheesecake puffs around edges, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Turn off oven. Let cake stand in oven 1 hour, leaving oven door ajar.

Transfer cake to rack. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Cool completely. Remove foil from pan sides. Cover cake and chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Remove pan sides. Serve cake with Cranberry-Raspberry Compote.

cookie crust has a little texture to them

10-inch pan is double wrapped in foil and placed in a bigger pan

my secret egg trick

for the cranberry filling

pureed sauce using immersion blender