My favorite Holiday cookie to make are my Peppernuts.
They are a Christmas Spice Cookie, which are very popular in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
You may have heard them called Pfeffernüsse. The American translation is “Peppernuts.”
There is no pepper in Peppernuts. I was given this recipe in 1973, by my Dad’s second wife, who was from Wisconsin.
Her family had/has roots in various cities around the Norwegian Sea.
Peppernuts are a small, very dense, crunchy, spiced cookie. They are covered in powdered sugar and are very festive. Peppernuts freeze well and taste great frozen. Not that I would know, really. 🙂
I still make Peppernuts every single year. They are a lot of work, but so worth it.
The flavor is so wonderful and I wanted to capture that same flavor in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cheesecake.
This Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake is just that. It’s so good, in fact, that I think I will have to dub this, “This Old Gal’s Signature Cheesecake.
Oh my gosh, y’all, it’s soooooo good! And, it’s not a lot of work for a Cheesecake!!!! Uh oh, I am in trouble.
Before you get started making this Pressure Cooker Peppermint Milkshake Cheesecake, please read my article called Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake Tips & Guide, so that your first cheesecake will be a success.
They can be made with or without crust. Just divide the crust (if using), filling and topping equally between each jar.
If you don’t have a food processor, take a large baggie and put the Biscoff Cookies inside.
Seal it and take a rolling pin and crush the Biscoff Cookies. Pulse until small crumbs form.
Add melted butter and combine. Try to resist the urge to drink the crust.
Do take a little taste though, just to give yourself an idea of the goodness to come. Yum, right! I could sit down with a spoon now.
Grease the Parchment Round. If you don’t have parchment, don’t worry.
It just might be a little more difficult to separate the cake from the bottom of the pan.
Press crumb mixture into pan using a Fox Run Tart Tamper or your fingers, forming a neat border around the edge and slightly up the sides.
A tip for this Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake and all other cheesecakes, is that when pressing the crumbs into the cheesecake pan, don’t push them up too high on the sides.
You don’t want moisture to get into the crust, causing a gummy crust.
Place the pan with the crust into the freezer, while preparing the filling.
Blend the ingredients together until very smooth. It will come together quickly.
This will be the last time you can go wild with your Food Processor or Blender! 🙂 You know why, right?
Add one egg at a time. Just use the pulse button for one second after each egg added. It is okay if you see some of the yellow yolk.
I feel like I need to yell this part, because I continue to see Cheesecakes, with overmixed eggs.
What happens is that the eggs puff up as they cook and will over cook, so not only will you have a soufflé like Cheesecake, parts of it will be over cooked and the Cheesecake will crack.
Yes, it will crack!
Before you get started making this Pressure Cooker Cheesecake, please read my article called Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake Tips & Guide, so that your first cheesecake will be a success.
You will notice that this Cheesecake is a bit taller than many of my other Cheesecakes. Awesome right? Yeah, and those who want to use a 7 inch pan, will also have a taller Cheesecake, so it is all good.
You shouldn’t see any of the Crust. Remember why? Scroll back up to see.
Please Note where the filling comes up in the pan.
A cooked Cheesecake should be the same height.
If your Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake is taller than the uncooked version, you beat your eggs too much.
It is cheap to make and you will find yourself using it all your Pot in Pot cooking. If you don’t want to make this Homemade Sling, you might prefer this Silicone Sling/ Vegetable Steamer which is a nice product.
The Grafiti Bands will hold the paper towel in place nicely, as well.
A cheesecake is done before the center of it is set. It will be a bit jiggly in the center and the sides will be slightly higher.
If there is any water on top, just dab it off with a paper towel.
Don’t feel the urge to cook longer or else the top will crack.
The heat that is trapped inside will continue to cook the center while the cheesecake cools.
Scroll back up and notice the height. It is the same baked as it is unbaked. That is a very good sign!
Let the Cheesecake sit out on the counter for about an hour and then place it in the refrigerator.
Any jar that will fit into the opening of the Push Pan will work.
A Cheesecake desperately needs at least 12 hours in the refrigerator, so please, please, make your Cheesecake the day before you need it and let it set up properly in the refrigerator overnight.
It will taste much, much, much, better. Really, I am not joking.
Your Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake will taste good on the same day, but will taste incredible the next day.
I use this LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner to remove the cheesecake to a plate.
It’s super thin and fits easily between the Cheesecake and the base of the pan.
It is not a good idea to cut the cheesecake on top of the Push Pan base, as it will scratch and sticking will become a problem.
Believe it or not, the Cheesecake is not very sweet. If you remember up above, I mentioned that Peppernuts are covered in Powdered Sugar.
So, to keep with the theme, we’ll make the Cheesecake look like one big Peppernut.
Right before presentation/serving, generously dust the Powdered Sugar all over the Top of the Cheesecake. If you do this in advance, the top will not be white, like snow.
I used a sifter, but this Stainless Steel Dredger would probably work a lot better and not give you the mess I made. 🙂
The cake really is not to sweet, so really lay down a thick layer of the Powdered Sugar.
If you want to dust the sides with Powdered Sugar too, it would look awesome.
This Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake is not super sweet, so, I like to garnish it with my Perfect Homemade Whipped Cream and then a light sprinkling of Cardamom and Cloves for color.
It’s so good and I can’t stop eating this!
This Pressure Cooker Holiday Spice Peppernuts Cheesecake is awesome topped with Ice Cream and with a hot cup of coffee. Enjoy!
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Stainless Steel Trivet
- 11 Cup Food Processor
- 6″ Fat Daddio’s Push Pan
- Parchment Round
- Fox Run Tart Tamper
- LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner – I totally love this spatula!
- Biscoff Cookies
- Powdered Sugar
- Stainless Steel Dredger
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Here is your handy printable recipe:
Pressure Cooker Holiday Peppernuts Cheesecake (Pfeffernüsse)Print Pin Rate
- 16 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour (or potato/corn starch)
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves (1 teaspoon for a stronger taste)
- 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cardamom (1 teaspoon for a stronger taste)
- 3 Eggs room temperature
- 3/4 cup Dark Karo Syrup
- 1/4 cup Heavy/Whipping Cream
- Add Biscoff cookies, cardamom, cloves and sugar to the bowl of food processor and pulse a couple of times, until small crumbs form.
- Melt butter in microwave or on stove top and add to cookie mixture. Pulse until just combined.
- Pour cookie mixture into bottom of greased and lined 6-inch cheesecake pan and press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan and one inch up along the sides.
- Place pan with crust into freezer for 15 minutes.
- Blend together cream cheese, cloves, cardamom, cloves, Karo Syrup, heavy cream, salt, sugar and flour until smooth.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined. Do not over mix the eggs.
- Pour filling into the pan, on top of the Biscoff Cookie crust.
- Add 1.5 cups of water to the bottom of your pressure cooker and then place a trivet inside the pot.
- Cover the cheesecake first with a paper towel and then with a piece of aluminum foil and loosely secure the foil.
- Place cheesecake into pressure cooker using a sling.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.
- Cook at High Pressure for 43 minutes. Allow a 15 minute natural release.
- After all pressure has been released, open pressure cooker and gently remove the pan. Remove the foil and paper towel and dab off any liquid that may have accumulated.
- The center will be a bit jiggly, but don't worry. The heat that is trapped inside will continue to cook the center while the cheesecake cools.
- Leave Cheesecake on counter for one hour and then place in refrigerator overnight.
- Right before serving, use a sifter to dust a generous layer of Powdered Sugar over the Cheesecake, so that it is snow white.
- Garnish with whipped cream dollops and a very light dusting of cloves and cardamom, for color.
8 oz Wide Mouth Glass Jar - cook 8 minutes
4 oz Wide Mouth Glass Jar - cook 5 minutes
16 oz Glass Jars - DON'T DO IT!
15 minute Natural Pressure Release