Pumpkin pie may be the traditional finish on Thanksgiving, but it's not my favorite dessert. Doesn't a food-centric holiday deserve something more spectacular than humble old-fashioned pumpkin pie?! Since it's the last thing your guests are going to eat, why not take the time to make a dish that's truly memorable?
This cranberry chocolate cheesecake is sure to stun and impress. It's absolutely amazing. The crust consists of crushed chocolate wafer cookies that are laced with cinnamon, the filling is a classic and incredibly creamy vanilla cheesecake, and the topping is a fruity, tart, and sweet cranberry syrup. If you're a cheesecake lover, this dessert is a must make. Get the make-in-advance recipe after the jump.
Crust Serves 10-12.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies (about 7 ounces)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), at room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, picked over and stems removed
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water