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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

This Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake recipe is full of the classic chocolate cheesecake you love, and bursting with peppermint flavor throughout.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oreo cookies crushed (24 cookies)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 24 ounces cream cheese softened (three 8 oz bricks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 eggs
  • crushed candy canes or peppermint chocolates for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Wrap the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan in heavy duty foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Mix together graham crackers and melted butter and press into the bottom of your prepared pan and up the sides. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Cheesecake:
  • Using a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate until smooth ( 30 second increments, stirring in between). Let cool.
  • In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat together until smooth.
  • Add the cooled, melted chocolate and mix until combined. Add peppermint and eggs, one at a time making sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg.
  • Drop batter into prepared crust. Fill a larger pan (10x10 cake pan or roasting pan) with water halfway for a water bath. Place the cheesecake pan into the water bath.
  • Bake 45 to 55 minutes until the edges appear to be set. The center will still have some jiggle to it. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour has passed, remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the cake is completely cooled, chill for at least 5 hours or overnight.