Nilla wafer cranberry cheesecake: A beautiful holiday dessert (1994)

Nilla Wafers - Orange-Cranberry cheesecake dessert recipe 1994

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For a different kind of Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert, make a vanilla wafer cranberry cheesecake!

Whether they’re right out of the box or in your favorite recipe, Nabisco Nilla Wafers always makes the difference. Here is an easy way to tempt the Nilla lovers in your family.

Nilla wafer cranberry cheesecake - Orange-cranberry vanilla wafer dessert recipe from 1994

Nilla Wafers - Orange-Cranberry cheesecake dessert

Nilla wafer cranberry cheesecake (1994)

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes


  • 50 Nilla Wafers (vanilla wafers)
  • 1-2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Finely roll 25 Nilla wafers.
  2. Mix crumbs, 5 tablespoons of sugar and margarine; press on bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Stand remaining wafers around side of pan, overlapping slightly.
  4. With mixer, beat cream cheese and the remaining sugar; blend in eggs, sour cream, orange juice and peel.
  5. Spread into crust.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until set.
  7. Turn oven off; open door slightly.
  8. Let cheesecake stand in oven for 1 hour.
  9. Remove from oven; cool.
  10. Chill at least 4 hours.
  11. While the cake cools, make the cranberry topping: In a saucepan, cook cranberries, 3/4 cup sugar, water and cornstarch over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens.
  12. Chill.
  13. Serve cake topped with cranberry topping. Garnish as desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 586Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 1gSugar: 91gProtein: 5g

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Nilla wafer cranberry cheesecake - Orange-cranberry vanilla wafer dessert recipe from 1994

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