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Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

Hi everyone – it’s Jack. For as long as we have been sharing recipes here on A Family Feast, I have been wanting to make and share a marble cheesecake recipe with all of you. Today is the day.

When I was in culinary school, we catered an event for culinary professors and other culinary professionals from around the country as part of our curriculum. Along with a standing rib roast and all of the sides to go with it, we prepared and served a marble cheesecake for dessert.


Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

Fast forward many years, and to this day, I still prefer marble cheesecake over any other type of cheesecake, but for whatever reason marble cheesecake is rarely served on restaurant menus. I just love the mixed chocolate and vanilla flavors, as well as the fact that a topping (beyond a dollop or two of whipped cream) is really not necessary.

Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

Today’s Eggnog Marble Cheesecake is an updated version of that marble cheesecake recipe from long ago.  I swapped in eggnog for cream, added a touch of nutmeg to the filling – it goes well with the rum- flavored eggnog, and also used a mix of crushed chocolate wafers and graham crackers for the crust – just to enhance more of the chocolate flavors.


Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

The result is a rich and creamy Eggnog Marble Cheesecake that (dare I say) is even better than that marble cheesecake recipe from long ago.

The eggnog adds a delicious richness and a hint of flavor that makes this Eggnog Marble Cheesecake something very special. It deserves a place on your holiday dessert table. Enjoy!

Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

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Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

Eggnog Marble Cheesecake

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 - 12 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Plan to prepare this cheesecake a day before serving to allow time to chill after baking.



8 whole graham crackers

20 chocolate wafer cookies

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 pound (16 ounces) full-fat ricotta cheese

1 cup eggnog

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

4 whole eggs

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons corn starch

8 tablespoons melted butter, divided

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate bits

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons lemon juice


Whipped cream for garnish (optional)


In food processor, pulse graham crackers and chocolate wafers until breadcrumb size.

Pour into a bowl and stir in the 3 tablespoons of sugar and the 6 tablespoons of melted butter and mix to combine.

Press into the bottom of a spring form pan that is 10-10 ½ inches wide by 2-3 inches deep. Refrigerate while you make the filling.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and ricotta until creamy then slowly add in the eggnog until combined. Scrape sides and mix completely.

Add vanilla and sugar and mix to combine.

With mixer running on low, add the eggs one at a time until combined.

With mixer still running add the flour and corn starch until combined.

Take the melted butter and place half of it in a large glass bowl. Add the chocolate chips and microwave for 15 seconds, stir and microwave for 15 more until the chocolate has melted.

Add half of the cheesecake batter to the chocolate bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and set aside.

To the remaining cheesecake batter (without the chocolate), stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter along with the nutmeg and lemon juice.

You should now have two bowls, one chocolate and one not.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and get a pan ready for the water bath that is larger than the spring form pan. We used our holiday roasting pan.

Place a teapot of water on to boil.

Remove the prepared springform pan from the refrigerator and wrap the bottom in one large single piece of foil to protect water from seeping in while baking.

Place the foil lined crust into the dry roasting pan. Then pour one third of each mixture in at a time into the prepared springform pan, swirling with a spoon as you add (White, then chocolate, then swirl. Repeat two more times.)

Open the oven door and place the roasting pan on the rack in one corner, then pour in the teapot of hot water. This should come up about an inch or so on the sides of the pan.

Bake for one hour then shut oven off but do not open oven door. Set your timer for two more hours and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for the full two hours as it cools down. Do not open the door. This water bath method, will prevent cracking.

Pull the roasting pan from the oven and remove the cheesecake. Dry the bottom of the pan then chill for four hours or overnight.

To serve, start by running a slightly damp thin bladed knife around the outside edge of the cheesecake BEFORE you release the springform latch. Remove the latch and carefully lift the outer ring off the cheesecake. Then slice into servings with a sharp slightly wet knife, cleaning and wetting the knife between cuts.

This cheesecake is good on its own without the need for a topping, but we garnished it with whipped cream.


This recipe needs an hour to cook, two hours to sit in the oven and four hours to chill so if serving for a dinner, plan to make early that morning or the day prior.

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  • Taylor wrote:

    Me and my friend followed this recipe and the flavor was wonderful, not much of an eggnog flavor, but still tasty. We used a single sheet of foil but somehow water still got into our cheesecake pan. That was disappointing, as this is what the foil is for. It cooked for the hour and finished in the oven for two hours, without the door being opened once. We let it set in the fridge over night and when we cut into it, it wasnt set really at all. The edges were set and the cheesecake held its shape but the middle is very gooey and runny. Is this because of the water getting into the pan? We also think maybe we could have over mixed the filling? All in all a decent recipe with yummy flavors 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Taylor – thanks for your feedback. It’s possible that the consistency is due to some of the water getting into the cheesecake – or every oven is a little different so it’s possible ours runs hotter or yours a little cooler and it just needed a little more time to bake. Also – did you put in hot water for the water bath? (If the water was cool, that will slow the baking time.) Either way – I don’t think overmixing was the issue – it just sounds like it needed a little more time in the oven. And, if you can use wider foil (or maybe double up just in case) that might give you better results too. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback – happy Thanksgiving!

  • Lori Williams wrote:

    I followed the instructions to a tee and it cracked the worst I have ever seen and I have made many cheesecakes in the past, both in a water bath and without. Very disappointing for Christmas dessert.

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re sorry you were disappointed Lori. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

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