Don't worry if your cheesecake cracks; the light and fluffy layer of whipped cream will cover it.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2015

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Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
11 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
Makes 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Press mixture on bottom and 1 inch up sides of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

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  • Prepare Filling: Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Microwave chocolate morsels and cream in a small microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool 10 minutes.

  • Beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar at medium-low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer just until smooth. Add chocolate mixture and extracts, and beat at low speed just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until yellow disappears after each addition; pour into prepared crust.

  • Bake at 325° for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until center of cheesecake jiggles and is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven, and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides.) Cool cheesecake completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Cover and chill 8 hours to 2 days.

  • Remove sides of pan, and spread Whipped Peppermint Cream over cheesecake.

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