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Peppermint Candy Cheesecake

 Peppermint Candy Cheesecake
I like to use this festive peppermint cheesecake as a dramatic centerpiece on my dinner table. It's a traditional Christmas dessert in my family. —Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
16 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 30 peppermint candies, crushed
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Additional crushed peppermint candies

Directions

  • Place a greased 10-in. springform pan on a double thickness of
  • heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around
  • pan. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar.
  • Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in

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Peppermint Candy Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • the sour cream, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just
  • until combined. Fold in crushed candies and a few drops of red food
  • coloring if desired. Pour over crust. Place springform pan in a
  • large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes or until center is just set and
  • top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a
  • wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan
  • to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides
  • of pan.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add
  • confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe around edge
  • of cheesecake and sprinkle with additional crushed candies. Yield:
  • 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 526 calories, 39 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 184 mg cholesterol, 321 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.