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Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie is a magical blend of pie and cheesecake. It’s sweet, tart, and absolutely delicious!

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie on a white cake plate

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving turkey. I know that puts me in the minority, but it’s just not my thing. That’s, of course, not to say that I don’t enjoy cranberries and cranberry sauce in other ways. And those ways mostly involve dessert.

This Cranberry Cheesecake Pie is a new favorite for us. It is a fabulous pie-cheesecake hybrid that features that great sweet/tart cranberry flavor in a big way. It’s smooth, cool, creamy, and absolutely delicious.

slice of Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

There are so many layers going on here. And if you have followed me for a while, you know that makes me so very happy, as I just adore layered desserts. This one starts with a simple buttery crust. That’s followed by a thin layer of cheesecake. Then the cranberry sauce shows up for the party. And it’s all topped with a crumb made from part of the crust mixture. It’s really beautiful in its rustic way.

Let’s have some real talk for a minute. The cranberry filling is essentially a homemade cranberry sauce. If you want to skip that step, you can always use your favorite store-bought cranberry sauce. Or, use your favorite homemade variety. Either is fine as long as you feel it will convey well to dessert.

slice of Cranberry Cheesecake Pie on a white plate

Tips for Success

  • Measure accurately. With shortbread crusts, accurate measurements are very important, especially for the flour. If you aren’t measuring by weight, use the spoon and sweep method.
  • Use a light-colored metal pan. I know it’s tempting to use a pretty ceramic or glass pan, but those conduct heat differently and can give a different end result. For that reason, I almost always recommend metal pans for baking.
  • Lightly grease the pan if needed. With all the butter in the crust, you shouldn’t need to grease the pan. However, if you want to be cautious (or if you’re using a glass or ceramic pan anyway), I recommend a cooking spray with flour for lightly coating the pan.

This Cranberry Cheesecake Pie is a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. If you’re looking for even more Thanksgiving dessert ideas, be sure to see my Best Thanksgiving Pies and Best Thanksgiving Desserts.

Video Tutorial: Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

A buttery crust, sweet cheesecake, tart cranberries, and a crumb topping make this Cranberry Cheesecake Pie irresistible!

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie on a white cake plate

Ingredients

For the cranberry filling:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

For the crust and crumb topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For the cheesecake:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the cranberry filling:

  1. Combine the cranberries, sugar, zest, juice and water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until the cranberries are soft. Set aside to cool.

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture is crumbly and holds together when pinched. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture.
  3. Transfer the remaining crust mixture to 9-inch pie or a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom*. Press the crust firmly and evenly into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Then, set aside to cool slightly.

To make the cheesecake filling:

  1. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until combined and smooth. Pour the cheesecake filling over the slightly cooled crust. Spread evenly.
  2. Drop the cranberry mixture by teaspoonfuls over the cheesecake filling, leaving about 1/2-inch border around the edges.
  3. Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of the cranberries.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the cheesecake filling is set.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

*A metal pan works best. (See my tips section above.)

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  1. This sounds yummy and I’m anxious to try it. I’m extremely fond of both cheesecake and cranberries so it’s right up my alley ….. the timing is right so it just might be my Thanksgiving dinner dessert. Thanks for the creative recipe!

  2. Gosh you have me wanting to go make that RIGHT NOW. I am totally into apples and cranberries and that sounds perfect for Thanksgiving too. If I wasn’t out of cream cheese…. HAHA LOVE this one!

    • I absolutely love this recipe! It so quick and simple to make. The crust is amazing and I’ve made it with so many different substitutions for cranberries just to change things up. I’ve used lemon curd, blueberry filling, apple filling, pumpkin puree mixture and salted carmel. Just make sure to add different spices and acidity because the cream cheese filling is quite sweet with the crust. I’ve also used salted butter which adds a different dimension to the crust. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. I want to try it. Do you let it chill and serve it cold like cheesecake, or do you serve it warm like a fruit crumble?

  4. Yum! Last year I made cheesecake bars using some pureed leftover cranberry sauce. I would love to have it in this pie form!

  5. It looks delicious pie-cheesecake. I am aware of all type of cakes but not aware of that type. Thanks for the sharing. I also trying this in the event.

  6. Yum! Cranberries and cheesecake, this pie looks lovely!

  7. This looks so delicious…..as do all of your recipes!
    Two questions….how high is the side of your tart pan and does it have to be greased?
    Thanks!

  8. I never really enjoyed cranberry sauce until I made my own, but to be honest I do love the cranberry flavor more in desserts than in savory recipes! Love how the tart berries cut the rich cheesecake….a perfect bite!

  9. My only memory of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving is with canned sauce that kept the shape of the can LOL It wasn’t until recently that I had real cranberry sauce and realized that maybe I didn’t hate cranberries after all. Wish this beautiful cheesecake pie would make an appearance right about now!

  10. In the oven now! Substituted black berries for the cranberries because my husband doesn’t like cranberries. Very excited!

  11. This is a must try! Do you think I’d be able to make this in advance and freeze it? Then when I’m in that “I want it now!” mood, I’ll be able to grab it from the freezer, thaw a few minutes and bake?

  12. Jennifer, Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe! It totally saved my Christmas dessert dilemma! The recipe I originally intended to make contained heavy whipping cream, and I discovered on Christmas morning that the cream dated Jan 11, was bad! I frantically checked my ingredients, and then googled cranberries, cream cheese, pie – and your recipe popped up! It received rave reviews! I will be making many more or your recipes, and will tell all my friends!! Happy 2015!

  13. This pie is SO GOOD!!! It’s fast becoming one of my family dinner favorites!! Thank you so much for posting this!

  14. I made this with fresh cranberries and it was wonderful. So easy to make too!

  15. Oh good lord..how did I miss this one? Has anyone tried lemon curd or maybe orange zest in the cranberry version? This is a must make…thanks Jennifer!

    • Hi, Stephanie. Cranberry and orange are a great pair, so I think the orange zest is a great addition!

      • Glad you mentioned it. I don’t have a lemon and don’t feel like braving the pre-Thanksgiving/COVID crowd to go to the store right now. I do have a few fresh oranges, so I’m going to use the zest from one of them. I agree cranberry and orange make a great team.

  16. Hi, For the 8 ounces of cranberries, is that fresh cranberries or frozen or canned? I never made cranberry anything so I’m unsure. Thank you.

  17. My crust never came together, it seems to be missing a liquid component. Is there really nothing but the dry ingredients and butter?

    • Hi, Anna. It’s essentially a shortbread, which doesn’t have a liquid component. Make sure your ingredients are measured accurately and your butter is cold. If it still won’t hold together, you can add a little bit of water (about 1 or 2 teaspoons) to help it hold together.

  18. I’m making this today and having the same problem as Anna. Ingredients measured to a “t”, but it’s powder.

    • Add a little water until it holds together.

    • Remember that it won’t hold together just from mixing, but it should hold together when you pinch it.

    • Okay, I think I know what I did wrong.
      After the trouble with the first round, I made a different shortbread recipe and had the same problem even though it has a higher butter to flour ratio. This time I whirled the heck out of the crust mixture in the processor (about 3 times longer than I did with the first recipe) and it came together beautifully. Don’t be shy mixing the crust mixture!

  19. Would this work in a regular pie pan with a pie crust?

  20. I know this is late,  but I had some fresh cranberries and was looking for a recipe to use them in. We’ve had cranberry cheese cringle before, which was delicious, so I decided to give this a shot. I can’t wait to try it! By the way, my shortbread crust worked perfectly and I subbed half superfine Almond flour for the regular flour, and half Splenda for the sugar. We’ll see how it turns out! Can’t wait to try it! 

  21. my kids helped me make this! It’s in the oven and looks amazing. I don’t think it’ll make it till tomorrow for our Thanksgiving festivities! My kids are already begging for it.

  22. I made this last Thanksgiving for the first time and everyone raved about it! It’s in the oven now for the second year in a row by special request 🙂 thank you for an amazing recipe that seems to be on the fast track to tradition now! Happy Thanksgiving! 

  23. I made this today but used an eight inch vintage Pyrex cake pan. 
    It took longer to bake but turned out lovely. It’s more of a ” cranberry cheesecake crumble” than a pie. 

  24. I made this for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! Major crowd pleaser!

  25. This recipe is soooo good! I have used lemon and orange zest, both with great results. I added a little cinnamon to the crust mixture and I thought it gave it even more flavor to offset the sweetness of this pie. But as is it’s fabulous too!

  26. Yummy .yeah I want to make cheesecake bars.Thanks for recipe for making delicious CHEESECAKE PIE.

  27. This recipe is amazing!! Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it – even folks who aren’t cranberry fans. Loved the lemon zest – all around amazing recipe. Didn’t change a thing and will def make this again – probably for Xmas! Thank you!!

  28. It sounds delicious!! Can I use dried cranberries?

  29. I made this for Christmas, exactly as written, using the 9″ pie pan. It was delicious! I will definitely make it again! Thanks!

  30. This was a HIT at friendsgiving!

    I have never been a fan of cranberries but I have changed my mind!

    I should have made a double batch! Everyone loved it!

  31. I’m nervous about only using cranberries since there are so many “cranberry sauce” haters. Do you think making the cranberry mixture then adding in some cherries would be a good mixture? Essentially a cranberry/cherry pie?

  32. Question – do you cool the pie first on the counter  before refrigerating it or go straight to the fridge with it after it bakes?

    • Either way is fine, Tara, although I usually cool it at least 10 minutes or so until it’s cool enough to handle. If you put it straight into the fridge, you might leave a small gap in the covering so it doesn’t sweat. After an hour or so, you can cover it thoroughly.

  33. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for still responding to comments!

    If I freeze it, should I do so before or after baking it.

    Thanks so much!

    Tonya

  34. Delicious! I highly recommend this recipe! I followed the directions exactly and it turned out great. The whole family loved it and I think it will be a new Thanksgiving standard. The tartness of the cranberries is perfect counterpoint to the cheesecake and the shortbread crust. I’m looking forward to trying variations of this with other berries.

  35. Can you freeze this pie?

  36. Is this recipe made in a regular spring form pan or something else? What size?

  37. I am making this for Christmas eve (saturday). How far in advance do you think I could make it?

  38. Can I use a 12 oz pkg of fresh cranberries or should I use 8 oz as the recipe suggests.  Don’t what to have leftover 4 oz.

    • Hi, Sue. I wouldn’t recommend that. That’s an increase of 50%, and you’d get a drastically different result. If you don’t have a use for the remaining cranberries, you could make the same 50% increase in the other cranberry sauce ingredients to make extra to use for something else.

  39. I just made this pie and it turned out great! It looks beautiful too. I made one addition. I chopped up one apple and added it to the cranberry mixture. I did not use all of the mixture when I put together the pie. My husband plans to use the rest to top his oatmeal. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  40. Can it be refrigerated for more than 24 hours?

  41. Made this last Christmas and came across the recipe again while browsing Pinterest. Turned out great – will make again!

  42. Thanks for this delicious pie whichI made recently and received very good comments on it. 
    It was so good that I want to increase the size to 10 inches pie, do I increase the portions by 1.5 or 2? 

    • Hi, Regina. Changing from a 9-inch to 10-inch pie pan only increases the volume about 18%. You wouldn’t really get a lot more pie out of that. If you’re looking to double, then I’d either make two pies or maybe try a shallow 9×13 pan.

  43. Hi Jennifer,

    I don’t have a 9” tart pan but I have a 10”.  Do you think it would be okay for this recipe?

    Thanks,

    Paula

  44. This recipe looks amazing. Would it work to make it the day before Thanksgiving and keep in the refrigerator?

  45. Hi Jennifer! 
        I’m so excited to make this recipe for thanksgiving this year! Could I use a ceramic pie pan rather than a aluminum tart pan? Will there be a difference in baking times, which is safer? 

  46. Wondering how to scale down the crust recipe to just use for the topping. I want to use a refrigerated pie crust for the bottom.

  47. Hi Jennifer – made this yesterday but used a rectangular tart pan with removable bottom.  It was delicious as are all your recipes!

  48. I thought I had baking powder. Would baking soda work? I’m assuming that I need to run to the store. 

    • I would use baking powder if at all possible. Baking soda is about 4 times stronger and usually needs an acidic ingredient present to activate it. If it were me and couldn’t get baking powder, I’d make this crust without it before making that substitution. 

  49. My brother and I do a bake-off every Thanksgiving and this year’s signature ingredient was cranberries. I chose this recipe and I WON! I made it in a tart pan and it was perfect — looked exactly like the photos on here. The shortbread crust and crumble topping was so crisp and flavorful, even after being frozen (I made it a week in advance).

    I added cinnamon and vanilla to the cranberry topping, and only used about 2/3 of the prepared topping on the tart itself, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly! Thanks so much for a delicious recipe! I’m thinking of trying it again with raspberries or cherries!

  50. If I am using leftover cranberry sauce that I made for Thanksgiving, do you know how much I would use?

  51. I made this a year ago, and it was pretty dang good. I used an almond flour shortbread cookies recipe for the crust.

    This time trying it as a true cheesecake in a springform pan. Is it going to hold up?

  52. I have made this for Thanksgiving the past two years & my family loved it! So much so that I’m making it again for a work holiday party & for Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing this deliciousness!

  53. Great recipe, this is my second time and it is really easy.  Thanks for sharing

  54. I used a pre-made pie crust and it came out perfectly.

  55. How could I make these into bars for a party, instead of a pie?

  56. I made this for Thanksgiving this year and everyone lobed it!  The only problem I had was the crust sticking to the side of the pad. I used a 9” Pyrex pie pan, do you think buttering the pie pan would help? Or would it be better to just get a tart pan. 

    • For either a pie or tart pan, I recommend a cooking spray with flour, like Baker’s Joy or Pam Baking. I very rarely have things stick when I use it. I also don’t generally bake in glass pans, so there could possibly be some difference there.

  57. I made this tart to use up some leftover cranberries. This is a delicious pie! I love the combination of tart cranberries with the creaminess of the cheesecake filling. This is a keeper! Thanks for a great recipe!

  58. Dear Jennifer! Thank you for this recipe! I made two switches: lemons for oranges cause I love orange and cranberry combination and cottage cheese instead of cream cheese as initially I was looking for a cottage cheese cranberry pie. The pie is extraordinary! Though the base of the pie was a bit thin, we liked it a lot! I think I’ll try the cream cheese version as well.

  59. Hi what if I wanted to use a larger tart pan such as 11”? Do I adjust the recipe or leave as is? We have a large family.

  60. I love this pie and it has been on out Thanksgiving menu for several years now. To make the pie crust ahead of time, should I freeze the unbaked crust in the pie plate? Ror bake the crust and then freeze?

  61. Just made this recipe today as had the exact amount of of fresh cranberries. This is DELICIOUS! The crust is very like a shortbread. I was worried while making the crust that it was so crumbly – but No Problem. Pairs so well with the tart cranberries. Also rather easy to make. 

  62. Made this yesterday, and really enjoyed it! However, my crust stuck to my Pyrex glass pie pan. Like cemented itself to the glass. Any suggestions? I think I followed the recipe exactly as directed. I’d love to try again!

    • Hi, Sandra. You normally shouldn’t need to grease the pan, but maybe your pan requires a little more help that way. Also, I generally don’t bake in glass pans because the properties of glass are so different than metal, usually resulting in needed alterations to temperature and baking time. It’s possible that the glass pan contributed to the problem.

  63. I made this last night, chilled it overnight and when i went to cut a piece from it this morning, it was as if it had been glued to the pan.  Should i have sprayed my tart pan first?  Also, the crust could have been baked through a little more too.  

    Do you think the crust could have been combined in the food processor instead of with the pastry cutter?  I found it difficult to fully combine the ingredients, so dry.

    Other than that, the pie is delicious and not that difficult to put together.

    • Hi, Pat. Tough shortbread and shortbread crusts are usually the result of the dough being over-mixed. You can mix it in a food processor as long as you’re careful not to mix too long. If you found it dry, then that’s likely too much flour. If you’re not measuring by weight, then be sure you’re using the spoon and sweep method described here: How to Measure Flour.

  64. Hello just tried your recipe in a glass Pyrex and unfortunately read other comments too late
    What I didn’t understand though was what do you cover it with. Before refrigeration
    Merry christmas

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