Making Dominique Ansel's Cotton-Soft Cheesecake

Need a great dessert recipe to bring to your Christmas festivities? We've got just the thing.

We visited the David Bouley Test Kitchen in New York, where the celebrity chef Dominique Ansel — the inventor of the Cronut™ — showed us how he makes his Cotton-Soft Cheesecakes.

These mini confections are exactly what they sound like — cottony-soft cheesecakes piped atop a fluffy, almond-infused sponge cake.

Ansel also caramelizes the top of each cake not once, not twice, but three times for an extra crunchy layer of oozing sweetness.

Watch the video above and learn to make your own Dominique Ansel masterpiece at home!

For this recipe and more, be sure to get his new cookbook "Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes," due out October 2014.