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Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake are miniature cheesecakes that are loaded with a sweet and creamy flavor. I topped each cheesecake with cranberry sauce for that perfect sweet and tart aspect everyone will be looking for in this cranberry cheesecake recipe. 

Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecakes on a wire rack.


What started out as a huge flopping fail, ended in happy success. In the case of this particular recipe, anyways! I was thinking I should take photos of my recipe fails and do a post round up with them. Mistakes are frustrating, but a fact of life. I’m only human. I thought that would be a neat post to share. Next time, I have a fail, I’ll remember to take a pic of it for you!

Ingredients

  • Granola – Use your favorite granola. I used a dark chocolate and peanut butter granola.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese – Make sure they are softened so it’s easy to mix.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cranberry sauce
Ingredients to make cranberry white chocolate cheesecake.

How to Make Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake 

  • Step One: Preheat oven to 350F. Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. Set aside.
  • Step Two: In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter and granola. Add about a teaspoonful to each cupcake liner, spreading across the bottom.
Steps to make cranberry white chocolate cheesecake.
  • Step Three: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar on medium low until combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, continue to beat on low.
Steps to make cranberry white chocolate cheesecake.
  • Step Four: Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. 
Steps to make cranberry white chocolate cheesecake.
  • Step Five: Fill cupcake liners with mixture, about 3/4 ways full.
  • Step Six: Bake for 25 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Cool completely before removing from the cupcake pan. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours for the cheesecake to set.
  • Step Seven: When ready to serve, top each cheesecake with dollop of cranberry sauce, if desired.
Steps to make cranberry white chocolate cheesecake.

My initial plan was to make a ginormous Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake. I’m talking a thick, dense cheesecake filled with white chocolate and dried cranberries. I used 5 blocks of cream cheese. Yes, five! It went in my springform pan and baked in the oven for over an hour. It looked done. The topping was browned and the cheesecake was set. I thought I had a winner. Boy, was I wrong?

When I went to remove the springform pan, all hell broke loose. One side of the cheesecake started collapsing and you could tell the filling was not cooked. I wanted to cry because it looked so good until the pan came off. It was a sad moment.

Cranberry White chocolate cheesecakes on a platter.

Miniature Cranberry Cheesecakes

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    I redeemed myself the next day by doing something a little easier. I like easy recipes as you probably noticed. These little guys turned out beautifully and made my first cheesecake fail a distant memory.

    This recipe was also an entry into a holiday contest. I don’t normally enter contests like this one, but the prize was enticing: a Vitamix blender. I want one! It’s not a voting contest thankfully. I dislike them – too much drama! Check out the contest details if you want to enter yourself.

    What is the Crust for the White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake

    My crust was a mixture of melted butter and Nature’s Path Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter granola. If you can’t find that particular granola where you live, you could substitute another type.

    Or you can make a classic graham cracker crust and use that. Anything works. I have even used vanilla wafers and placed one in each muffin tin to act as the crust. Feel free to do what works for you and for what you have access to. 

    What is the Topping on Cranberry Cheesecake

    They are rich and indulgent – perfect for the holidays! I topped them off with a dollop of cranberry sauce to make them a little more festive and pretty. They were a hit with my family!

    Cranberry white chocolate cheesecake on a platter.

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    Cranberry White chocolate cheesecake on a cake stand.

    How to Store Cheesecake 

    Cheesecake needs to be stored in the refrigerator or else it will spoil. I placed mine in a 9×13 baking dish with a lid or I opt for an airtight storage container. These cheesecakes will store anywhere form 4-7 days in the fridge. 

    If you prefer cheesecake at room temperature let it sit out for 30-45 minutes before you eat. That will warm up the cheesecake a bit and give it a more tangy flavor. 

    Just make sure you don’t leave your cheesecake out for more than 2 hours at a time. If you do that is a prime temperature for bacteria to grow at a rapid pace. Make sure to place cheesecake in the fridge for 30 minutes before you set back out for serving. 

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    Can You Freeze Cranberry Cheesecake 

    Yes, you sure can freeze these muffin-sized cheesecakes. Once they are fully cooled down and set, you can then transfer into a freezer-friendly container. Store in the freezer for up to three months. 

    You can let it thaw on the counter for a quick thaw, or place in the fridge and allow your cheesecakes to thaw overnight. 

    I have made a double batch and froze a bunch for when we were craving a small treat or had unexpected guests come over. They thaw nicely. I have also found leaving the cranberry off the top works great and then right before you serve then top with cranberry. That way it doesn’t sog up the top of your cheesecake. 

    A cranberry white chocolate cheesecake on a stand with a bite out of it.

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    Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    A festive dessert that’s mini in size, but huge on flavour! Rich cheesecake filling packed with white chocolate chips and cranberries nestled on a chocolate granola crust.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 ½ cups granola crushed
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
    • 2 packages cream cheese 8oz/250g packages, softened
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup dried cranberries
    • ½ cup white chocolate chips
    • ½ cup cranberry sauce optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. Set aside.
    • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter and granola. Add about a teaspoonful to each cupcake liner, spreading across the bottom.
    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar on medium low until combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, continue to beat on low.
    • Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Fill cupcake liners with mixture, about ¾ ways full.
    • Bake for 25 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Cool completely before removing from the cupcake pan. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours for the cheesecake to set.
    • When ready to serve, top each cheesecake with dollop of cranberry sauce, if desired.

    Notes

    Use your favorite variety of granola.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

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    12 Comments

    1. Pam Smith says:

      How did you make the real cranberries on top frosted?

    2. Congratulations!
      Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a very special New Year!
      Miz Helen

    3. These look incredible! I love cranberry and cream cheese, so I bet these are amazing! Thank you for sharing them at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

    4. Lisa Brown says:

      Perfect for a party. Love cheesecake and those small bite-size portions are dangerous 🙂

    5. Love these small cheesecakes! Perfect for parties (like the one I am hosting tomorrow). I will have to try it. Thanks.

    6. oh my goodness, please tell me you shared at the Thursday hop ( you can share until midnight tonight) xo

    7. yummy! Love that the recipe uses Nature’s Path Organic Love Crunch!

    8. Karen Glatt says:

      The Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake with cranberries and white chocolate looks so delicious and such a pretty recipe to make for the Holidays. I love the topping!

    9. Judy Cowan says:

      Looks so yummy.  Perfect treat for over the holidays!

    10. My favorite cheesecake recipe is a bit of a shortcut recipe–the 1-2-3 Phiadelphia cheesecake recipe from the cream cheese package!  Hahaha (you know, 1 pound cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla–poured into a prepared graham cracker crust and baked)!  I admit I am a bit of a cheesecake purist with the original flavor as my favorite but I have made an exception for Oreo cookie cheesecake.  Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite fall flavor combinations, I use it for my oatmeal cookies–dried cranberries and grated orange zest in place of raisins and cinnamon.

    11. 5 bricks of cream cheese! Oh man, that is an expensive fail – sorry to hear! The second attempt may have been worth it, though. They look really good! I cannot make up recipes- I need to follow directions as the chemistry of food confounds me. And I agree about voting contests- ugh! I will throw someone a vote if they ask, but I won’t enter myself. They remind me of high school, haha. I don’t need that kind of rejection in my life!

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