Gooseberry Patch
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Serves 12

Forget traditional cheesecake, the holidays call for something much more festive and uniquely tasty. This Peppermint Candy Cheesecake is sure to bring smiles and delight to hungry family and friends who want to delve into the holiday spirit.

How to Make It

Blend crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter in bottom of an ungreased 8" round springform pan; press evenly over bottom. Blend sour cream, remaining sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla in a blender or food processor until smooth, stop- ping to scrape sides. Add cream cheese and blend; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter until completely smooth. Fold in crushed candies and pour over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around edge of pan. Cool; refrigerate overnight. Loosen pan sides and remove springform; garnish with whipped topping, crushed candies and candy canes, if desired.

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