- 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
- 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.
Reviews for Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake
"Very good flavor and looks amazing on a holiday treat table! I followed the recipe exactly, however, a note of caution: I found the baking time to be WAY OFF!!! I started with 75 minutes, as my oven is very accurate on temperature. At 75 minutes it wasn't EVEN CLOSE to being done (i.e. still REALLY shiny and totally soft); I ended up taking it out after 105 minutes (1 hr 45 min)! It was only then that the top became dull and center was just set. Turned out great: no cracks and smooth filling."
"Great flavor. Recipe should call for you to remove filling before crushing Oreos for crust. Otherwise, you just have a sticky, not finely crushed mess. (Still tastes great!)"