This morning is the first day of Christmas break at our house and my daughter got me out of bed earlier than normal before the coffee had brewed (on automatic timer), and when the coffee finally did finish brewing, it was weaker than normal… on a morning that I needed it to be good and strong. Must be the end of the world.
But truly, It’s 12/21/12 and so far, there’s been no apocalypse up here in Alaska. Christmas is drawing near and several of you have been waiting for this Peppermint Cheesecake with Oreo Crust that I made for our Christmas Dinner Party. So without further ado, or apocalyptic distractions, the recipe for this creamy, fluffy peppermint cheesecake with chocolatey crust topped with crushed candy canes and melted semi-sweet chocolate. Drool.
Grease an 8 or 9 inch springform pan. Cover the outside of the pan with several layers of heavy duty foil to ensure that your springform is water tight. Have a large baking pan (large enough to hold the springform pan comfortably inside it) ready.
Preheat oven to 350. Place a kettle of water on the stove on high for the water bath.
For the Crust:
Pulse the Oreo cookies in a food processor until fine. Measure out 2 cups, discarding any extra. Return the 2 cups of crumbs to the processor and add the melted butter. Pulse until it comes together. Press firmly into the bottom and part-way up the sides of the prepared springform pan. Place the pan into the freezer while you make the filling.
For the Filling:
In the bowl of the food processor or using a mixer, cream the cream cheese until nice and smooth. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. Gradually incorporate the flour/sugar mixture to the cream cheese, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by milk, peppermint, vanilla, and sour cream and mix until smooth.
Remove the springform pan from the freezer and pour in the filling. Place it inside the large baking pan and place both on the baking rack in the oven. Using the kettle of hot water, pour the water into the large baking pan until the water is about halfway up the outside of the foil/springform pan.
Bake the cheesecake for 60-75 minutes or until the center is set but still wobbles just a bit. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. After this point, carefully remove the cheesecake from the water bath and allow it to cool completely on the countertop. Then refrigerate your cheesecake at least 4 hours or overnight.
For the Topping:
Before serving, remove the springform. In a microwave-safe dish in 20 second intervals, stirring between each go, melt together the chocolate chips and shortening until smooth and able to drizzle. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
Typically I would make this to a tee...but I have recently moved as our house sold faster than expected, and our new house is not done yet, so we are in a temporary place and the "oven" is a counter top toaster oven. It does not hold any pan large enough to hold my good ole 9" springform pan to allow for water bath. How awful would it be to attempt it without the water bath? The other option is to make it in a rectangular glass plan (lined with foil so I can remove the work of art after cooling) and still have a water bath but not a round cheesecake. Any opinion or have you ever been forced to make this more like a cheesecake bar than the beautiful typical cheesecake as shown in the picture?
This passed the 101-year-old Granny test. She told me I'd better make this more often. Pretty good, since she prefaces every meal with "I'm not hungry" or "I just can't think of anything I want to eat".
On another note, what's the best way to make the chocolate drizzle nicely? Thanks for sharing this recipe!
So happy to hear you enjoyed this! For the drizzle, I use a small spoon and swing back and forth quickly in the same direction. I'm pretty sure I made a nice chocolatey mess on the counter top when I did this, so perhaps lay down some wax paper or newspaper before doing your drizzle dance. :)
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