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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream
 
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These Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream are so festive and delicious! They pack a spice punch for real gingerbread lovers, but top it off with smooth orange whipped cream to even out the experience. They're perfect for a Christmas dessert table!
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients:
  • 2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
Gingerbread Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 2 packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsulphered light or medium molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt
Orange Whipped Cream Ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4-6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • zest of 1 orange for topping
  • cinnamon for topping
Instructions
  1. Make the gingerbread cheesecake bars: Prepare an 8-inch square baking pan with a parchment paper sling (similar to this foil sling) and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the gingersnap crumbs and melted butter with a fork until the crumbs are moistened. Press (using a flat-bottomed glass or dish) the crumbs evenly and flat into the prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and brown sugar until there are no lumps. Mix in the molasses, vanilla extract, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Add the two eggs and beat until just combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is evenly mixed. Pour the cheesecake mixture onto the prepared crust and smooth it out with a spatula. Put the bars into the oven with an oven-safe casserole dish full of water on the oven shelf below (similar to a water bath, this helps obtain a more even bake). Bake for 45-55 minutes until the cheesecake is firm (no "liquid jiggle in the middle," I like to say). Remove them and chill them in the fridge for at least two hours.
  3. Make the orange whipped cream: Combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and orange extract in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to stiff peaks, tasting just as the cream starts to take shape to determine if the sweetness is to your preference or if you'd like to add more powdered sugar. When the cream reaches stiff peaks, use a pastry bag with a big star tip to pipe 16 whipped cream rosettes on the chilled bars. Top with orange zest and sprinkled cinnamon. Serve chilled.

 

13 Comments on Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars with Orange Whipped Cream

  1. Roxana
    December 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Julie, these look amazing, and SO much tastier than gingerbread or gingerbread cookies! I will definitely be making these! 🙂

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  2. sue|theviewfromgreatisland
    December 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my, these look almost too good to be true — I LOVE the orange whipped cream, what a flavor combo!!

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  3. Lori in NC
    December 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I love gingerbread, and these look delicious. I’m feeling nostalgic – we have enough sweets in the house to last well into the new year, but I’m still very tempted to go make a batch of my great-grandmother’s gingerbread. 🙂

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  4. Nicole
    December 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Yum! Gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday flavors! These look fantastic!

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  5. naomi
    December 16, 2015 at 12:01 am (5 years ago)

    This is a holiday must! I love the flavors and everything else about this.

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  6. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    December 16, 2015 at 6:41 am (5 years ago)

    I love the combination of gingerbread and orange flavors! These little bars look too good to resist. I wish I had one for dessert today!

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  7. Catherine
    December 16, 2015 at 7:19 am (5 years ago)

    Dear Julie, I agree. Gingerbread can be tricky, but it is one of my favorites, when done right 😉

    These cheesecake bars look outstanding my dear! They would be a hit at any holiday table. xo, Catherine

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  8. Heidi @foodiecrush
    December 16, 2015 at 8:51 am (5 years ago)

    What a great recipe for a party, because, who doesn’t love cheesecake?

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  9. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    December 16, 2015 at 10:01 am (5 years ago)

    WOW – My eyes are buggin out of my head – these gingerbread cheesecake bars are EPIC in every way! And ooh that orange whipped cream is the perfect accompaniment!

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  10. Amy | Club Narwhal
    December 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Julie, I felt the SAME way about gingerbread until someone finally gave me a slice of homemade (awesome) gingerbread cake with a pile of fluffy fresh whipped cream and my mind was changed forever. These bars look like my ever gingerbread dream come true!

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  11. Joanna
    December 18, 2015 at 11:35 am (5 years ago)

    Julie, your recipes are always a hit at our house!!!

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