Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake Recipe
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Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake Recipe

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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."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 20 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 451 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, milk, extract and food coloring until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  2. Pour onto crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Trace a small shamrock pattern onto a piece of paper; cut out and set aside. In a microwave, melt remaining chocolate chips. Fill plastic bag with melted chocolate; cut a small hole in a corner of the bag. Place shamrock pattern on a baking sheet; place a large piece of waxed paper over pattern. Pipe a chocolate shamrock onto waxed paper, following the pattern. Move waxed paper and repeat to make several more shamrocks.
  4. Place in the freezer until hardened, about 4 minutes. Carefully remove shamrocks and arrange on cheesecake. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake in Country Woman March/April 1999, p20

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navywife916 User ID: 5988716 207645
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I love the idea of this recipe, however, the base of the cheesecake is only cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. This doesn't give it the cheesecake texture I am looking for. The flavor was good, I will make it again with some variations to the base for a better texture!"

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