I have made this for the past 3 years for Christmas Parties and my boss who has studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris raves about this cheesecake! It has turned out great everytime I make it. I make sure the creamcheese and eggs are at room temperature too!
This peppermint cheesecake features a homemade Oreo cookie crust and crushed peppermint candy topping. It's hard to imagine a more festive holiday dessert.
Yield: Makes 12 to 16 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 356
- Calories from fat: 61%
- Protein: 6.3g
- Fat: 24g
- Saturated fat: 13g
- Carbohydrate: 31g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Sodium: 373mg
- Cholesterol: 108mg
- 12 ounces creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, broken into pieces
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy
- 1. Place cookies in a heavy zip-lock plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour into a buttered 9-inch round springform pan and pour melted butter over crumbs; mix to coat, then press evenly over bottom and about 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake in a 300° oven until crust is slightly darker and looks a bit dry, about 10 minutes (leave oven on).
- 2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Beat in sour cream. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in flour, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into pan over baked crust.
- 3. Bake until edges are just golden and center jiggles slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour. Run a knife around edge of pan rim. Place pan on a wire rack and cool cheesecake completely in pan. Cover and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. Run a knife around rim again, then release rim. If any liquid has pooled on surface of cheesecake, blot dry gently with a paper towel.
- 4. Decorate top of cake with crushed peppermint candy, pressing it in gently with your hands.
Note: PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 1/2 hours, plus at least 4 hours to cool and chill
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