Ever since the sound of Christmas music has been taking over my home, car and shopping experiences. I have been eating candy canes pretty regularly. And if I don’t have a candy cane in my mouth, I have a Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Starbucks or my new favorite Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shake from Chick-Fila in my hand. So I took one of my holiday favorites, mint cheesecake and added you know it…candy canes.
- 7 ounces chocolate graham crackers, finely crushed
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 ounces sour cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 drop pink or red gel food coloring (optional)
- 12 dark chocolate chips
- Whipped Topping, optional
- Candy cane, crushed, optional
Move oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl pour melted butter over chocolate graham crumbs. Toss to coat. Press the crumbs into the bottom of 9x13 glass dish.
Bake crust for 10 minutes or until crust is set. Remove crust from oven and let cool while you prepare the filling.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and peppermint extract. Beat until combined then add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides and beating until fully incorporated. Beat in food coloring if you desire until uniformly distributed. My kids like the light pink. If I were to take this to a party I would probably leave the coloring out. Fold in chocolate chunks then pour batter over cooled crust, use a spatula to spread it out evenly in the pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes then refrigerate until serving. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
My review: So when I first took it out of the oven I was a little worried as I didn’t like the brown hint on top mixed with the pink. I decided to top with some whipping cream and crushed candy canes, viola it looked fantastic. And it didn’t disappoint.
Kids review: Well they ate all of the crushed candy cane and whipped cream. Tried the cheesecake and then reminded me that they don’t like cheesecake. I guess you can’t put enough of their favorite candy on it to persuade them. Oh well, I will say the only kid that did like it was Cannon, 3 years but the rest not so much.