Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake

Oxmoor House
Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane CheesecakeRecipe

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Loaded with chocolate hunks and peppermint candies, slathered in a decadent chocolate ganache, and decorated with classic Christmas candies, this cheesecake is a "must-make" for the holidays.



12 servings


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1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 32 cookies)
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies (about 18 candies)
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
Garnishes: 65 soft peppermint sticks (5 small bags), broken, and peppermint bark


Prep: 35 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Other: 9 Hours, 10 Minutes

Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well. Press mixture firmly on bottom of a lightly greased 9" springform pan. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes; let cool.

Beat cream cheese at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, beating just until blended. Add 1/3 cup whipping cream and next 3 ingredients, beating just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in chocolate chunks and crushed candies.

Pour batter into baked crust. Bake at 325° for 52 to 55 minutes or until edges are set and center is almost set. Turn off oven. Immediately run a knife around edge of pan, releasing sides. With oven door slightly open, let cheesecake stand in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove sides and bottom of pan; place cheesecake on a serving plate.

Pour 3/4 cup whipping cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until hot. Add 1 1/2 cups semisweet morsels; stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour ganache over chilled cheesecake, allowing ganache to spill over edges of cheesecake; smooth ganache with an offset spatula. Let stand 10 minutes before garnishing. Store in refrigerator.


Created date

August 2009