Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits

These Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits are an irresistible holiday dessert!

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait | Hello Little Home

¬†How was your weekend? Mine was a mix of relaxing and eventful! My husband and I took a day trip to Philadelphia on Friday, and it was so fun! We ate the world’s best donuts (by our estimation), did a little shopping, and took in lots of sights. One day was definitely not enough time to see everything, so a return trip is definitely in order. On Sunday, we lucked into a pair of tickets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (thanks to some generous friends), and it was amazing! All in all, I had a great weekend.

In between those two events, I had some time on my hands, and I realized that I haven’t had any cranberries yet this year (deep thoughts, I know). So I decided to rectify that and dreamed up this Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait.

These Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits are an irresistible holiday dessert! | Hello Little HomeThe tartness of the cranberries is perfectly balanced by the richness of the cheesecake in this beautiful layered dessert, and a crumbled shortbread cookie adds a little crunch. Treat yourself to these Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits … they’re perfect for the holidays and beyond!

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait

Serves 4


  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 12-oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 shortbread cookies

Prepare citrus twists:

Remove 4 long, narrow strips of peel from the orange with a paring knife or zester. Twist tightly and hold for a moment. Release and set twists aside.

Orange Citrus Twist | Hello Little HomePrepare cranberries:

Zest and then mince the remainder of the orange’s peel. Halve and juice the orange. Place juice in a measuring cup and add enough water to equal 1 cup.

In a medium saucepan, combine zest, juice/water, cranberries, and 1 cup granulated sugar. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until a thick sauce forms.

Set aside in refrigerator to cool completely.

Finished Cranberry Sauce | Hello Little HomePrepare cheesecake:

Combine powdered sugar and heavy cream in the bowl of a mixer and whip until stiff peaks form. Remove from bowl and set aside.

Whip Cream | Hello Little HomeAdd cream cheese to the same bowl (no need to clean) and mix until completely smooth.

Mix Cream Cheese until Smooth | Hello Little HomeUsing a spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese. Repeat two more times, until whipped cream and cream cheese are completely blended.

Fold in Whipped Cream | Hello Little HomeAssemble parfaits:

You’ll need 4 clear glasses. Place a couple tablespoons of the cranberry mixture into the bottom of each glass. Top cranberries with 1/8 of the cheesecake mixture. Repeat layers, ending with a cheesecake layer.

Assemble Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits | Hello Little HomeCover parfaits and place in refrigerator until chilled.

To serve, break each shortbread cookie into 2 pieces. Crumble half a cookie over each parfait. Garnish with remaining cookie halves and a citrus twist. Enjoy!

Layered Cranberry Cream Cheese Parfait | Hello Little HomeAre you ready for Christmas? It’s almost here!

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