A No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait on a wood cutting board.
No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfaits are a beautiful, delicious dessert that's perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of year!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 591 kcal
Author: Ginnie
For Citrus Twists:
  • 1 large Navel orange
For Cranberries:
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
For No-Bake Cheesecake:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
For Serving:
  • 4 shortbread cookies
  • 4 glasses or jars
Prepare Citrus Twists:
  1. Remove 4 long, narrow strips of peel from the orange with a paring knife or zester. Twist tightly and hold for a moment; release. Set aside for later.

    Orange Citrus Twists
Prepare Cranberries:
  1. 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.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine zest, juice/water mixture, cranberries, and granulated sugar.

    Cranberry sauce ingredients in a pot for homemade cranberry sauce.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until a thick sauce forms. Transfer to refrigerator to cool completely.

    Finishing cranberry sauce for parfaits.
Prepare No-Bake Cheesecake:
  1. Combine heavy cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.

  2. Add cream cheese to the stand mixer bowl (no need to clean) and mix until completely smooth.

  3. Using a spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese. Repeat process two more times, until whipped cream and cream cheese are completely blended.

    Folding whip cream into the no-bake cheesecake filling.
Assemble Parfaits:
  1. Place a couple tablespoons of the cooled cranberry mixture into the bottom each glass or jar. Top cranberries with 1/8 of the cheesecake mixture. Repeat layers, ending with a cheesecake layer. (You will have leftover cranberry sauce.

    Assembling the parfait: layering cranberries and cream cheese in a glass.
  2. Cover parfaits and refrigerate until chilled.

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