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crushed peppermint cheesecake

Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

This recipes immediately makes me think of Christmas! Candy canes and Santa Claus, peppermint stick ice cream--yum! A little bit time-intensive but really worth the effort. Try it! Recipe & photo: 11-09-14

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For crushed peppermint cheesecake

  • 20
    peppermint or mint creme oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 5 pkg
    (8 oz.ea.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c
    (8 oz.) sour cream
  • 1 c
  • 3 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    peppermint extract
  • 4
    eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c
    crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
  • additional crushed candy canes or coarsely chopped oreo cookies, optional

How To Make crushed peppermint cheesecake

  • 1
    Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18" square). Wrap foil securely around pan. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended.
  • 3
    Remove 1-1/2 cups of batter to a small bowl; stir in crushed candy canes. Pour plain batter over crust. Drop candy cane batter by tablespoonfuls over the plain batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 inch of hot water to larger pan.
  • 4
    Bake cheesecake in a preheated 325º oven for 70-80 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool cheesecake 1 hour longer.
  • 5
    Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  • 6
    Remove rim from pan. Top with additional crushed candy canes or Oreos if desired.
  • 7
    NOTE: The water bath is necessary to keep the cheesecake from cracking and also makes it extra creamy.