Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake
This Eggnog Spice Blondie Cheesecake is all your eggnog dreams come true. 🙂 The blondie base is full of my favorite spices of the season – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. It is moist and chewy and wonderful. The no bake eggnog cheesecake on top is smooth, thick and creamy. The combination of flavors and textures make this a must-make Christmas dessert.
How is it that Christmas is only a week and a half away? It’s killing me. I’ve got family coming into town starting Friday and I’m so not ready for it. Not like I’m not ready for them to come, there’s just a lot to do to get ready.
I finally went Christmas shopping with my mom last weekend and got a few things done, but not nearly as much as I needed to. I did get the shopping for my nieces done though. They’re probably the most fun to shop for.
My mom and I were shopping in Target when I found the perfect top for one of them. Here’s how it went down:
My mom went into the store ahead of me – I had to stop at the bathroom. She told me to meet her in the food section. On my way to meet her, the perfect shirt was just starting right at me. My niece is totally into mermaids right now and the shirt was pink and said “Mermaid at Heart.” I was in love. And I got the very last one!
I glanced at the size and hoped that it was the right one.
I started walking over to the food section. My mom was in the produce, so I went up to her and asked if she knew my niece’s size for a shirt.
She turned, looked at me, looked at what was in my hands, looked back up at me and said, “You can’t have that, it’s mine. I got it first.”
To which I said, “No you didn’t. I got it first. The first time I saw it, I picked it up. It’s mine.”
She pointed at her cart where the shirt laid. “No, I already have it in my cart.”
“I don’t care. It’s mine.”
We just about threw down Game of Thrones style right there in Target. 🙂
Then she got scared of my fighting abilities and backed down.
Ok, so she really just decided to be the nice one and agree that I could have the shirt. She’s so much nicer than I am. I was gonna throw down. 😉
I’d also throw down if anyone tried to steal this cheesecake from me. It’s the jam. You all liked my Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake so much, I decided to make this Eggnog Spice version version for Christmas.
True be told, I made an attempt at a no bake eggnog cheesecake last year and it never made it onto the blog. I didn’t have time to do all the necessary testing. That version was much too thin for cheesecake for my liking. I had been trying not to use gelatin.
Since then, gelatin and I have become friends. I’ve used it in a few recipes and am no longer afraid of it. That’s the way it is with most things. I fear it until I try it. Once I try it and am happy with it, the fear is gone. Such is the case with gelatin.
However gelatin alone was not enough to solve my no bake eggnog cheesecake thickness problem. The first round this time around did not work out the way I wanted either. Still not thick enough. The eggnog adds a lot of moisture, so it needs thickening in order to work as a no bake cheesecake.
Finally I got it! The final version uses both gelatin and some cornstarch to help thicken it. It’s a little more effort than some of my other no bake versions, but it’s well worth it. Nice and thick, and creamy. There’s some heating on the stove to help activate all the thickening, then you add the mixture to the usual cream cheese and sugar base.
The result is delicious! I absolutely love the combination of the chewy blondie with the thick, smooth cheesecake. It was a hit with everyone. Even the hubs, who doesn’t usually eat a ton of dessert, devoured this cheesecake. It’s perfect for the holidays!
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