Luck o’ the Irish Cheesecake
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
- 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, room temperature, lightly beaten
- 1 cup miniature chocolate chips, divided
- 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.
- Pour onto crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 300° until center is almost set, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
- Trace a small shamrock pattern onto a piece of paper; cut out and set aside. In a microwave, melt remaining chocolate chips. Fill pastry bag with melted chocolate; cut a small hole in a corner. 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 more shamrocks.
- Place in the freezer until hardened, about 4 minutes. Carefully remove shamrocks and arrange on cheesecake.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 451 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.
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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!