A highlight of the St. Patrick's Day party in Mary Berger's family is her aunt's special dessert. "Every year, she serves this elegant cheesecake all of us look forward to," Mary relates from Bernville, Pennsylvania. "I was delighted when she passed along the recipe to me. The combination of chocolate and peppermint quickly becomes a favorite of everyone who tries it."
As a dairy farmer’s wife, I have experience making cheesecake. In fact, most anything containing milk products is tasty in my book. If I’m out of cream cheese, it’s time to go to the grocery store! —Wendy Barkman, Breezewood, Pennsylvania
Looking for a truly elegant finale for your holiday dinner? My dessert will do the trick. It looks so regal surrounded by pretty sugared fruit, and the flavor is divine. A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's been in high demand at my house ever since.
This recipe looks and tastes like you spent lots of time and effort, but it's super easy. And you can use any kind of ice cream. My kids like chocolate chip ice cream the best. In addition to its flavor versatility, this recipe is a great make-ahead choice and you don't need to heat up the oven. —Carrie Burke, Conway, Massachusetts