Festive Holiday Cheesecake
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + chilling
I love cheesecake! I made this for Christmas and my guests were disappointed. So was I. It looked pretty, but it just feel short on overall taste. There are way better recipes.
Delicious recipe. I make it every year at Christmas for my hubby. I make just a couple changes. Instead of graham cracker crumbs, I use vanilla wafer crumbs. Instead of semi sweet chocolate chip, I use white chocolate chips. For the decorations, we use mini christmas M&Ms, more white chocolate chips and snowflake sprinkles (assorted colors). It's so pretty for Christmas and is absolutely DELICIOUS! Note: if you decorate with M&M's, wait to add the sprinkles and candies until just before serving. The colors tend to run and discolor the cheesecake topping, otherwise!
Made this for a family Christmas gathering. Wait to put the candies on top. Just used Christmas M&Ms on top. Good flavor and texture. Easy too make. Not overly sweet.
You could also substitute red ,white and green morsels instead of the chocolate ones.
This cheesecake has lovely flavor and you can so easily change up the color of the chips to match whatever holiday or event you want. There are so many colored chips out there now. They only complaints I have ever had about this is when I've used larger pieces of candy on top. Guests prefer crushed candy or no candy at all.
I made this for dessert for Christmas this year & was so impressed! The water bath kept the cheesecake from cracking, something I've never been able to accomplish before, living at a high altitude. However, I will never use M & M's to decorate it again. They melted & "stained" the top of the cheesecake, which I felt made it unattractive. Next time, I will leave the top plain or maybe try some sprinkles. In addition to M & M's, I used gumdrops & peppermint candies to decorate the top, & everyone scraped them off. :(
I had never made a cheesecake like this before but felt it was too pretty to pass up for Christmas Day 2012! I felt the Oreo crumbs were the better choice and I stand by that. Goes so well with the chocolate-chip cheesecake. It was worth the effort and I was thrilled that it not only looked like a show-stopper, it tasted like one also! Wasn't too heavy and it was a huge hit. You could use this for any holiday. Purple and yellow for Easter, black and orange for Easter. Pink, white, red for Valentine's Day, etc. I had various candies in red and green and then has 3 mini candy canes crushed. While we pulled off the big candies to eat, the crushed candy cane was yummy with it! Nite: used regular white sugar. Awesome!
Add a few more chocolate chips and no peppermints, just m$m's. My main point is this is GREAT for the holidays very good!
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