Rich & creamy, light & fluffy and bursting with that sweet candy cane freshness, this White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake is the perfect treat this Christmas!
I saw my life flash before my eyes yesterday and it looked a lot like one of those depressing Lifetime movies.
It all started when I told my 3 year old to go get her socks on so we could go to the store…
It was peacefully snowing early yesterday morning while we were all safety asleep in our beds. I woke up just like normal, but this time my little 3 year old was snuggled in bed with me. I kissed her cheek as I quietly slid out of the bed, so as not to wake her.
I got my older three kids ready for school, and spent the standard 15 minutes shoving them into their snow suits, gloves, hats and scarves before sending them off to school.
Once my little lady finally woke up we both got dressed and ready for the day. I had some errands to run, so I sent her to her room to get some socks on so we could proceed with the “15 minute stuffing her into her snow suit” debacle. I went to my room to get my socks on too.
I called to her and told her to hurry. (story of my life)
I waited a few seconds and called to her again. This time I started the count down.
Usually at this point she giggles and comes running out of her hiding spot, “ok, ok Mom!”
But I heard nothing.
Now I’m concerned so I walk into her room and call her name again and again because I don’t see her anywhere.
Panic starts to set in as I dart from room to room in the house looking in her typical hiding spots. Nothing.
I glance at the front door and see that the deadbolt has been unlocked.
I throw on my boots and run out the door. I can see her little boot prints in the snow (thank goodness she put her boots on).
I follow her footprints to the end of the driveway where they disappear into the slushy street.
I scream her name, glancing repeatedly up and down the street, looking for any sign of movement. Nothing. I run down and around to the next street over, towards a playground that she likes to go to with her older siblings; yelling her name repeatedly until finally I could hear the faintest, “Mom…”
As I rounded the corner there she was. Standing in the middle of a slushy puddle (on the next street over) in her little pink boots. Hair covered in snow, no jacket on, and cold pink cheeks. I run to her as she runs to me. “Mom, I couldn’t find you,” she said as we embraced. She may have been outside for only a few minutes, but to me it felt like a lifetime.
She was totally fine, just a little cold. She was very proud of the fact that she didn’t touch any snow with her hands (I constantly remind her not to do that because she always gets her little fingers soooo cold). But I definitely had a talk with her about not leaving the house without me.
I, on the other hand, was an emotional wreck and had a giant slice of this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake to take the edge off. What can I say, I’m a stress eater.
The base is a light and fluffy white chocolate cheesecake, with a top layer of peppermint so it doesn’t over power, but brings a festive and refreshing bite. The crust is made with Oreos and I even added a simple peppermint enhanced whip cream to serve on top. It’s a delightful cheesecake that will bring lots of “oohs and ahhs” to the table.
It will even attract most naughty 3 year olds.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
For the Crust:
- 20 Oreo cookies
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
For the Cheesecake:
- 4 8oz bricks of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt, or sour cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup white chocolate morsels, melted and cooled slightly.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, or 1/4 tsp peppermint oil
- 6 drops red food coloring
For the Peppermint Whip Cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 to 3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 drops of peppermint oil, or 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- Candy canes for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a 9"x13" pan on the bottom rack of your oven and fill half way with water. Position a rack just above the pan, in the middle of the oven.
- To make the crust, use a food processor to chop up the 20 Oreo cookies until they turn to a fine crumb, drizzle in the melted butter and pulse until combined. Optionally, you can use your hands or a rolling pin to crush the cookies. Press the crumbs in a 10" spring form pan in an even layer, and a little up the sides of the pan. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven, set aside.
For the Cheesecake:
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the greek yogurt, white chocolate, sugar and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl when necessary. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between. Scoop out a cup of the cheesecake mixture and place in a separate bowl, then pour the remaining cheesecake over the crust.
- To the small bowl add the peppermint extract (or peppermint oil) and red food coloring, stir until combined. Add more food coloring if desired. Spoon the mixture over the top of the cheesecake into an even layer. Carefully place in the oven and bake for 70 to 75 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly.
- Turn the oven off, and crack the oven door open slightly, letting the cheesecake rest inside the oven for 1 to 2 hours. Let cool on counter top until room temperature, then refrigerate (covered) for 2 hours.
For the Whip Cream Topping:
- Add the heavy cream and 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil to a bowl and beat with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy. Sweeten with the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Serve the whip cream on top of the cheesecake with a candy cane on top.
Planning on making this today for our Christmas dinner. Is it possible to make in muffin/cupcake tins? Any thoughts about baking time and sitting in the oven after?
I just made this cheesecake and it smells delectable but by the time it was anywhere near done baking the top was very dark brown and almost burnt around the edges! ☹ not at all the beautiful pink that yours is…
If you notice the top getting too brown you can place a piece of foil over the top to prevent that from happening. If your cheesecake is already baked and it’s too brown on top here is a little trick I use: Get a cup of hot water and an offset spatula (one used for frosting cakes) and dip the spatula in the hot water and quickly dry it off. Use the hot spatula to carefully scrape over the top of the cheesecake and gradually remove the top brown layer. Repeat the process of dipping into the hot water and scraping until it’s all gone. Then smooth the top with the warm spatula. No one will ever know! 🙂 Hope that helps!
Wowwwww, this is stunning!! And I am loving the combination of cake and cheesecake! Oh, how I love mint chocolate and Christmas! MasterCakes
I’m going to make this for Christmas. Do you use the whole Oreo or take out the cram filling?
Love this recipe but I was wondering how you got that second layer so perfectly?
Just make sure you spoon the peppermint mixture over the top and try not to swirl the batter. 🙂
bookmarked!!, I like your website!
Sounds like quite the ordeal for both of you. My heart skipped a beat for the two of you as well.
Good thing you had the cheesecake handy.
I think I’ll try my piece under less stressful conditions.
Hello, this looks so good! I love white chocolate. My husband is not a fan of peppermint so I may just use all vanilla or maybe some coconut extract…..would that be okay? There is no mention of when to add the white chocolate. I am guessing you add it in when you mix in the yogurt and sugar but just want to be sure.
Thanks so much.
Lisa, you could definitely leave out the peppermint or substitute it with coconut extract. I edited the recipe to reflect when you add the white chocolate, thank you for catching that! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
OMGosh, what a scary story Shawn! I can’t imagine how scared you (and she) was! I’m so glad you found her safe and sound. And, anyone who goes through that stress definitely deserves this entire cheesecake! Looks delish!
Thanks Kristi, it was definitely a stressful few moments!
OMGosh. Your poor heart!! I’m so very relieved your little one was okay! Honestly, I think you were entitled to eat the entire delish-looking cheesecake!!!
Thanks Val! She keeps me on my toes! 🙂
Carol at Wild Goose Tea
This is visually so alluring and festive looking. And man oh man you can’t get much better for a flavor combo. And cheesecake to boot. Gad I love that creamy stuff.
Me too Carol! Thanks!