Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake

Several of you requested the recipe for the cheesecake I made for the party, so here it is! 

Cheesecake can be kind of challenging if you've never made it before or you don't have much baking experience, but just follow the recipe and you should be fine! If you have any questions about it, let me know! I didn't write this recipe, but I've made it several times so I can help with questions! Enjoy!

 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (I use chocolate graham crackers or teddy grahams)
1/4 cup butter, melted 
2 tablespoons sugar 
(8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 
(14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 
1/3 cup whipping cream 
1/4 cup sugar 
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
large eggs 
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks 
1/2 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies (about 18 candies) 
3/4 cup whipping cream 
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels 
Garnishes: 65 soft peppermint sticks (5 small bags), broken, and peppermint bark 


Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well. Press mixture firmly on bottom of a lightly greased 9" springform pan. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes; let cool.

(My tip: Grease the springform pan really well, even if it's non-stick, and if you're still concerned about it sticking you can even line it with parchment paper, it will peel right off of the cheesecake after you remove the pan)

Beat cream cheese (room temp is best!) at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, beating just until blended. Add 1/3 cup whipping cream and next 3 ingredients, beating just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in chocolate chunks and crushed candies.

(My tip: Be careful not to overbeat, cheesecakes don't like being overbeaten! Just until it's mixed and not too high speed on the mixer)

Pour batter into baked crust. Bake at 325° for 52 to 55 minutes or until edges are set and center is almost set. Turn off oven. 

Immediately run a knife around edge of pan, releasing sides. With oven door slightly open, let cheesecake stand in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove sides and bottom of pan; place cheesecake on a serving plate.

Pour 3/4 cup whipping cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until hot. Add 1 1/2 cups semisweet morsels; stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Pour ganache over chilled cheesecake, allowing ganache to spill over edges of cheesecake; smooth ganache with an offset spatula. Let stand 10 minutes before garnishing. Store in refrigerator.


For easy cleanup, place wax paper strips under edges of cheesecake on serving plate. When you pour the ganache, it will drip onto the wax paper. Gently remove wax paper strips after the 10-minute standing time.
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  1. This looks delicious!! Something different and perfect for this time of year. And it looks pretty!

  2. That looks so good and you made it all pretty!! I looove anything peppermint and cheesecake (duh), so I might need to give this a try!!

  3. Oh no - this was not good for me to see before eating breakfast - now all i want is cheesecake and this one!! Sounds incredibly delicious!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  4. This looks SO delicious, I'm totally going to be craving it now! My last attempt at a cheesecake failed but maybe I'll try again for this!

  5. Oh....this just looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

  6. YUM! Yay!! I'm so glad you shared :) Saving it now!!!

  7. Sooo....this is getting Pinned immediately. This looks amazing! I LOVE the winter combo of peppermint and chocolate. Yum.

  8. Oh my word. YUM! This sounds amazing! I've never made cheesecake before but I think this one is too good to pass up :)

  9. This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  10. YUM! YUM! YUM! and yum! Thanks for sharing!

  11. this looks amazing and I am 1000% positive I could not make it, so maybe you should just send me a piece ;)

  12. Oh my gosh! This looks amazing, I can't get enough peppermint this season.

  13. This is gorgeous!!! The Candy Canes around the side just take it over the top!

  14. Yum! That looks amazing! I really want some please!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  15. Cheesecake is my FAVORITE! I needed a dessert to make for Christmas and I wanted something new this year. This may be it! Thanks for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!


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