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Poinsettia Cheesecake

Poinsettia Cheesecake

Photo: Ryan Moriarty; Styling: JK Denim

Decorate a store-bought cheesecake with red petals made of candy melts for a quick and impressive holiday dessert. 


  • 1 store-bought cheesecake
  • 1 cup red candy melts
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 16 ounces butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Melt the candy melts and transfer into a zip top bag. Cut off a small tip at the bottom of the bag and pipe the red candy melts onto the baking trays, creating nickel-sized circles. Take the back of a spoon and push it against the circle to create a petal shape. Let petals chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Place the cream cheese mixture into a zip top bag, then cut off a small tip at the bottom of the bag for piping.

  3. Use the cream cheese mixture to attach each of the petals to the top of the cheesecake in a circular formation, starting from the outside, to achieve the poinsettia design.