Its no secret. I love incorporating booze into my food. I love the flavor it brings to your recipes and this Amaretto Cranberry Swirled Cheesecake is no exception! The homemade cranberry sauce boosted with Amaretto Liquor swirled into this almond flavored creamy baked cheesecake is absolutely to die for!
I have always been a huge fan of almond flavor. As an adult, that love of almond flavor carried over into my love for Amaretto. When I saw Claudia over at What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine (one of my long time blogging friends and fellow (former) NY'er) had a recipe for Cranberry Amaretto Sauce, I knew I was making it for our Thanksgiving dinner! I used the leftovers from this recipe to incorporate in my cheesecake!
What are some of your favorite Libations? Is it an appetizer, drink, savory, or sweet treat? I would love to know!
Amaretto Cranberry Swirled Cheesecake
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- 1 package graham crackers 12 sheets in 1 package
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup Amaretto Cranberry Sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-½ packages ⅓ less fat cream cheese 12 ounces
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Wrap the outside bottom of 9″ spring form pan with heavy duty foil.
- Place crackers in food processor and process until fine crumbs are
formed. Add cocoa powder and pulse a few times to combine. Slowly add
melted butter while processor is running on low and process until
combined. Press mixture into bottom of spring form pan coated with
cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- Place cranberry sauce and water in food processor. Process until smooth.
If mixture is still too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until
mixture is thin enough to swirl into cheesecake.
- Combine 1 cup sugar and cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Mix at medium
speed until smooth. Add in yogurt, vanilla, and almond extract and mix
until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each
- Pour cheesecake mixture over prepared crust. Using a large tablespoon,
spoon cranberry sauce over the filling. With a table knife, drag through
cranberry sauce to swirl into cheesecake batter.
- Place spring form pan into deep baking pan and add hot water to baking
pan to a depth of 3 inches. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes or
until center of cheesecake barely moves when pan is touched.
- Turn oven off and cool cheesecake in oven for 3 hours. Remove from oven, run knife around outside edge. Cover and chill 8 hours.
You did it again, made me want dessert in the AM! I love this.
Wow. I have no words. This is one good looking cheesecake! Now pass me a fork!
Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]
Oh this looks so festive and decadent! I bet it is wonderful - can't go wrong with cheesecake!
what a fun and festive dessert. Very creative and pretty.
Cheesecake is one of my faves, this looks like the perfect texture. It's gorgeous!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Amaretto and leftover cranberry sauce? What a perfect flavored cheesecake!
It's soo pretty! And I know it would be a hit here
Erica S (EricasRecipes.com)
I don't think I have ever seen a better re-purpose for leftover cranberry sauce! This looks amazing.
Julie @ Texan New Yorker
You put all my favorite holiday flavors in a cheesecake, which I also adore!! This sounds heavenly and so perfect for December!
Ermigosh--YES. Your office is one lucky bunch!! This cheesecake looks to die for...
Roz Corieri Paige
Wow, you just don't know how much cranberries hold the keys to my foodie heart in the last months of the year!
Keeper and pinned!
What an amazing cheesecake - perfect for the holidays!
Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch)
What a great Holiday recipe. Looks and sounds delicious.
This sauce sounds amazing!
I have been drooling over this all day, everytime I see it!!
You had me at Cheesecake! This looks simply divine!!
I'm an amretto lover for sure. The fact that you've added it into cranberry sauce and then put it in a cheesecake makes me seriously love you! What a beautiful dessert!!!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen
The color and flavors of that cheesecake make it perfect for the holidays. Cheers!
Simply genius, just love the sound of this cheese cake, I appreciate your shout out but this is just to die for, you really out did your self cant wait to try it, I will never have to worry about what to do with leftover cranberry again! WOW Shelby the photos are just amazing 🙂 merry christmas to you and yours xo hugs