| | Don’t Be Weird Cranberry Cheesecake

Author / John

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Tis the season and between cooking, traveling, shopping, running the box and wodding I haven’t had time to breathe let alone keep up in my kitchen. Whew! Christmas is only days away and it’s time to begin whipping up some holiday treats.

A recent trip to sunny southern California made me realize I’m still a little weird when it comes to food so it’s time to indulge! This cranberry cheesecake remake from Southern Living is well worth the efforts and you can manage to wrap a few presents between steps.


Prepare the crust and press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ springform pan and bake according to recipe


Place the cranberries and next 7 ingredients in a saucepan


Cook until cranberry skins begin to split and mixture thickens; let stand 30 minutes


Pour cranberry mixture into prepared crust reserving 1/2 cup


Add cream cheese and next 3 ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl


Beat until smooth; add in eggs one at a time along with vanilla

Pour cream cheese mixture over cranberries and smooth top of batter to level; bake as directed

Loosen sides carefully with a knife or spatula and allow to cool at room temperature. Then refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

You can purchase sugared cranberries for the garnish but they’re pretty simple to make yourself. . .


Follow the recipe below and allow the cranberries to soak overnight in the fridge while the cheesecake is chillin’

The next morning drain them, roll in the superfine sugar and let dry at room temp for about an hour.

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To assemble your cheesecake; place on a serving dish, carefully remove the sides of the springform pan, spread the cranberry sauce to near the edge of the cheesecake and garnish with fresh mint leaves, orange peel curls and a few of the sugared cranberries. The rest can be used as a delightful snack!

Serves 1
Enjoy and happy holidays my friends!

Recipe & Ingredients

1 Best Ever Pie Crust (and gluten free)

1 pound fresh organic cranberries
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh organic raspberries
2 tablespoons non GMO cornstarch|
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped orange zest
1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3, 8 oz packages organic cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2, 8 oz containers organic creme fraiche or sour cream
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
5 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla

1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Prepare crust as directed for a one crust pie. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of a lightly greased (with coconut oil) 9-inch springform pan. Chill 10 minutes. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes.

Prepare Filling: bring cranberries and next 7 ingredient to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook, stirring often, 2 minutes or until cranberry skins begin to split and mixture thickens. Let stand 30 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cranberry mixture for sauce. Spread remaining cranberry mixture in prepared crust.

Prepare Cheesecake: reduce oven temperature to 325. Beat cream cheese and next 3 ingredients at medium-low speed with an electric mixer in a large bowl just until blended and smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until yolk disappears after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour cream cheese mixture over cranberry mixture and smooth top of batter to level. Place cheesecake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center of cheesecake jiggles. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed, 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Sauce: process 1/4 cup cane sugar, next 2 ingredients, reserved 1/2 cup cranberry mixture and 1/4 cup water in a food processor until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard solids. Cover sauce, and chill until ready to use.

Remove cheesecake from oven and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Do not remove sides. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Cover and chill 8 to 12 hours. Serve with sauce and garnish with sugared cranberries*, fresh mint leaves and orange peel curls.

Sugared Cranberries: combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan over low heat stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to just under a boil and remove from heat. Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Drain cranberries and save steeping liquid for other uses (hint: excellent for cocktails). Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish; add the cranberries rolling to coat with sugar. Place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or until dry. Yum!

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Chretien Teitelbaum on December 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

    great…now im hungry

  2. CALI on December 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I don’t think that my #22JackedStreet protocol will allow this… but on week 23, this cheesecake is going to get it.

  3. Ingo B on December 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Cali is moving to #23BingeStreet.

  4. Steve (a.k.a. Prof. Booty) Platek on December 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    @ingob I am joining @cali

  5. Paula on December 23, 2014 at 2:01 am

    @Cali it’s allowed in my bulking protocol. You’re jacked now, you’ll be totally shredded by week 22:)

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