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Triple-Layer Mint Cheesecake

Yield 12 servings
Be sure to use real peppermint extract instead of imitation flavoring.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about 22 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (12-ounce package) semisweet chocolate mini-morsels, divided
  • 4 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well. Firmly press mixture into bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes.

  2. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition and scraping sides and bottom as needed. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Divide batter into thirds.

  3. Microwave 1 cup mini-morsels at HIGH 1 minute or until melted and smooth; stir into one-third of cheesecake batter, stirring until combined. Add remaining mini-morsels to one-third of batter. Stir green food coloring and peppermint extract into remaining batter.

  4. Pour melted chocolate batter into prepared crust; spoon mint batter gently over chocolate layer. Spoon chocolate morsel batter gently over mint layer. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Turn oven off, and partially open door; return cheesecake to oven, and cool in oven 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Store in refrigerator.

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