Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake Recipe

Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients

20 peppermint or mint creme Oreo cookies, finely crushed

3 tablespoons butter, melted

5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies

Additional crushed candy canes or chopped Oreo cookies, optional

How to make it

Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of prepared pan. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. 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 plain batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.

Bake 70-80 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.

Remove rim from pan. Top cheesecake with additional crushed candy canes if desired.
Yield: 12 servings.