Candy Cane Cheesecake Recipe
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Candy Cane Cheesecake Recipe

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This pepperminty cheesecake says "Christmas" at first sight and first bite. The recipe earned me a dairy producer's scholarship. Now, it regularly wins compliments at seasonal parties and teas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla or white chips
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Red liquid or paste food coloring
  • Crushed peppermint candy and whipped topping, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 233 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Combine the first three ingredients; press onto the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; add flour and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended. Stir in sour cream. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt vanilla chips. Remove from the heat. Add 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture, extract and a few drops of food coloring; mix well. Pour half of the remaining cream cheese mixture over crust. Top with half of the peppermint mixture; swirl with a knife. Repeat layers.
  3. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes longer or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan; cool 1 hour longer.
  4. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, remove sides of pan. Garnish with crushed candy and whipped topping if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Candy Cane Cheesecake in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p40

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Evann_janean User ID: 7554295 21006
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Can this be frozen?"

akangel User ID: 5896543 20653
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I made this last year and my family loved it! They are asking specifically for this recipe for the holidays. Delicious."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 46781
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"This was a very pretty cheesecake. It was ok, but it really wasn't sweet enough. The actual cake itself was not nearly as good as I expected."

jconsidine User ID: 5438628 202429
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"This was a very good recipe, but instead of garnishing the cheesecake with peppermint candies, I crushed up some peppermint candies and actually put them in the cheesecake batter. VERY good!"

debihunt User ID: 842661 49518
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"I made this for a Christmas party & it was gone very quickly...everyone said it was delicious & asked for more, good thing I had other desserts. I substituted Andies peppermint bits for the crushed candy cane bits!!"

Telx2 User ID: 2398758 51334
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2008

"I served this cheesecake along with 2 others at a holiday party. the presentation of this cheesecake was fantastic, however, it wasn't very popular. I'm not a big peppermint person, but the reaction I got from my guests is that it was good, but more peppermint would be better (I only used 1/2t) The other interesting comment I heard was that the taste of the cheesecake and the peppermint didn't blend real well together, however, the suggestion was made to use a chocolate cheesecake base in the future. I think for next year I way try to come up with something like that, because I really liked the idea of having a candy cane cheesecake at a holiday party!"

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