Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

Have you ever tried a Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe? Better yet, have you ever tried Gingerbread Cheesecake made in the Instant Pot? This recipe is everything we love around here! The yummiest Christmas flavors, perfectly creamy and sweet cheesecake, and the ease and simplicity of using the Instant Pot!

main image of a christmas decorated table with pine cones and sprigs of rosemary surrounding an instant pot and gingerbread cheesecake made in the pressure cooker

If you need a recipe that’s quick to make while still bringing the fanciness and wow factor, this is it! Top your Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake with some cute decorations, and you’ve got a show-stopping dessert everyone will be talking about.

What is Gingerbread Cheesecake?

Gingerbread Cheesecake begins with a classic cheesecake recipe of cream cheese, sugar, and eggs, but incorporates the flavors and texture of gingerbread by starting with a gingersnap cookie crust and flavoring the cake batter with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Our recipe is developed for the Instant Pot so you can make this recipe even if your oven is stuffed with a turkey!

sideview instant pot gingerbread cheesecake and whipped cream on top on a white plate and cookies in the background

What is the Taste of Gingerbread?

Gingerbread is a classic holiday treat that comes in many forms, such as cookies, muffins, cakes, and even houses! The shape and texture can take many forms. Still, the constant defining characteristic of gingerbread is the sweet flavor that has a slight kick of spiciness from the ginger and the warm holiday flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon.

How Do I Store Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake?

You can store your gingerbread cheesecake the same as you would store any cheesecake. To keep the creamy filling from drying out, you can wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap and place it in an air-tight container. Keep your cheesecake in the fridge to keep it fresh.

A holiday gingerbread cheesecake in front of an instant pot pressure cooker with a gingerbread cookie and house

Can I Freeze Gingerbread Cheesecake?

You can definitely freeze your gingerbread cheesecake. Just make sure it stays fresh by wrapping it well in a few layers of plastic wrap. Next, wrap your cheesecake in foil, then place the entire thing in a large Ziploc bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow your cheesecake to thaw in the fridge for about 8 hours before serving.

Can I Make this Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake in the Oven?

If you don’t want to use an Instant Pot, you can make this Gingerbread Cheesecake in your oven. Make the recipe as instructed and use an 8-inch springform pan designed to be used in the oven instead.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. There are many opinions about how to best make cheesecake in the oven, but the simplest way is to bake your cheesecake for one hour. You’ll know it’s done if the top is a touch soft but not at all jiggly. Turn off the oven and allow your cheesecake to rest with the oven door open for another 30 minutes before removing it. Let it cool completely before removing the outer springform pan.

slices of instant pot gingerbread cheesecake being lifted from the pan

Tips for Making Gingerbread Cheesecake in an Instant Pot

  • Always let your eggs, cream cheese, and other cold ingredients warm to room temperature before making cheesecake. This will reduce lumps and help the recipe to bake more consistently.
  • Crack the eggs in a small bowl and beat them slightly before adding them to the cheesecake batter, then mix them in just until incorporated. Over-beating your eggs can cause your cheesecake to crack.
  • Cheesecake batter should be creamy, but not airy. Don’t mix any longer than necessary; keep your mixer on low speed whenever possible.
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  • Always allow your cheesecake to fully cool before removing it from the pan or decorating it. If you move a cheesecake while it’s warm, it will likely fall apart, crack, or even collapse.
  • If your molasses has been in the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature before adding it to your batter.

If you want to make your own gingerbread cookies for the decoration, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened but not melted 
  • 2 cups flour (+1/2 if needed) 
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Gingerbread Cookie Instructions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients to make the dough.
  2. Cut the dough into shapes just like in the video to form a house.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 170C/350F.
  4. Assemble the house pieces using royal icing, like in the video. Let it dry.
side view of instant pot gingerbread cheesecake with a creme on top and a cookie off to the side dusted with powdered sugar


Cream Cheese – You can substitute the cream cheese with a number of other cheeses to bring a different flavor or consistency to your recipe. Here are a few options:

  • Mascarpone – very similar to cream cheese
  • Cottage Cheese – much less sweet in the end
  • Ricotta – also much less sweet

In most cases, most people prefer to replace only part of the cream cheese, but still leave in some to give the cheesecake its creaminess and sweetness.

close up view instant pot gingerbread cheesecake with a little gingerbread house on top with rosemary twigs

More Yummy Holiday Dessert Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this delicious gingerbread cheesecake recipe, you’ll want to try some of our other easy holiday treats! Try any from the list below.

Maria Puck’s Holiday Spice Gingerbread Cookies
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Cinnamon Roll Christmas Trees
Christmas Light Cookies
Grinch Christmas Cookies
Christmas Doughnuts Recipe

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Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

You'll love the holiday joy that this creamy and delicious Instant Pot Gingerbread cheesecake will bring this Christmas!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes


  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg

Cheesecake Crust

  • 12 graham or gingersnap cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For decoration (Recipe in Notes Section)

  • Gingerbread House
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Royal Icing / (2 cups confectioners’ sugar + 1 large egg white)


  1. Place gingersnap or graham cookies in food processor and blend until fine.
  2. Mix with melted butter in a bowl.
  3. Add the mixture into a 7" springform pan, press it onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Transfer the pan to the fridge.
  4. Preparing the Cheesecake Batter;
  5. Combine sugar and cream cheese in a bowl, beat until combined. Add spices and molasses, keep whisking.
  6. Add eggs gradually. Stir in heavy cream and cornstarch, whisk until combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan.
  8. Add 1+1/2 cups of water in Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 28 minutes and allow a natural release.
  9. Let it cool down for 3-4 hours.
  10. Decorate with a layer of royal icing on top and gingerbread house and gingerbread men cookies.


Gingerbread cookie recipe;
• 1/2 cup butter, softened but not melted
*2 cups flour (+1/2 if needed)
* 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
• 1 egg

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 tsp ground ginger

• 1 tsp ground cloves

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix all of the ingredients, make the dough.
Cut the dough into shapes just like in the video to form a house.
Bake for 12-15 minutes at 170C/350F.
Assemble the house pieces using royal icing like in the video. Let it dry.

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