Cheesecake cups…All the deliciousness of a cheesecake without the work! With cranberry and orange, this is a great party food for the holiday season. You can easily make your own cranberry sauce for this recipe (and it’s worth the extra steps), but if you need a short cut, you can use whole berry canned cranberry sauce. Why cranberry? It’s a tasty Fall flavor that is also a great source of antioxidants. Double win!

You won’t be disappointed by the flavors of these tasty cups. Orange zest in the cheesecake mixture makes for a subtle but delicious addition that pairs perfectly with the cranberry sauce. The graham cracker crumbs, with nutmeg and cloves, add an extra layer of flavor. Top with a little whipped cream to serve!

While you’ll save time making these cheesecake cups over a traditional cheesecake, you won’t be disappointed with the flavor. Layer the ingredients in a clear glass so your guests will be impressed by the beautiful layers.

Cranberry Orange Cheesecake Cups

How good does this sound?! Orange zest, cranberries, and cream cheese layered on a graham cracker crust? Currently drooling.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American, Fun With Food
Keyword: Dip, Easy, Make ahead, Party
Cooking Method: Oven, Stove Top
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart Health, Low Sodium, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings


Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 bag cranberries rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 4 sheets graham crackers crushed into crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1/4 tsp cloves ground

Orange Zest Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 block cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Make the cranberry sauce. Mix cranberries, cranberry juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil and cook until cranberries are soft and have burst open. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Place graham cracker crumbs, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into a bowl. Mix well. Spread onto a baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes, or until graham cracker crumbs are golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until whipped cream is formed and there are stiff peaks present. Place the bowl in fridge until ready to use. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, orange zest, and sugar until well blended. Fold in the whipped cream gently.
  • Divide graham cracker crumbs between 4 serving bowls. Add cream cheese mixture to each dish. Top with cranberry sauce and serve or place in the fridge.


Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 5g

Please note:
Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors. 

Looking for more holiday recipes to please a crowd? Check out these recipes:

The Pumpkin Shaped Holiday Cheeseball is a great addition to the appetizer table. It is tasty and adorable, but also super easy!
Our Vegan Pumpkin Dip is a fun option for the dessert table and can be served right out of a pumpkin!
The Cranberry Goat Cheese Flatbread with Thyme is a delicious appetizer that guests will love.
Our Delicata Squash Salad with Cranberry Balsamic Dressing is full of Fall flavors and can be served alongside a meal or as the entree!

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Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.