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Decadent Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake for a Magical Christmas Dessert

Posted on 12/13/2023

in Recipes & Menu Inspiration

by Green Paper Products

Christmas candy cane chocolate cheesecake. Top view table scene against a white wood background.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Christmas is a time for joy, festivities, and indulging in delectable desserts. If you're looking to create a show-stopping dessert that will delight your family and guests, we have the perfect recipe for you. Our Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake combines the rich, velvety flavor of chocolate with the refreshing zing of peppermint to create a mouthwatering treat that embodies the magic of the holiday season. Follow our step-by-step guide to create this decadent Christmas dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds.


Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 24 oz (3 packages) of cream cheese, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup of sour cream

  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

  • 8 oz of semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

  • 1/4 tsp of salt

  • 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract

For the Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar

  • 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract

  • Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for garnish


Instructions:
1. Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and place a rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the Crust:

In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan to create a firm, even crust. Place it in the refrigerator to set while you make the filling.

3. Prepare the Filling:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it's smooth and creamy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, mixing until well incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined after each addition. Be sure not to overmix, as this can lead to cracks in the cheesecake.

4. Add Flavor and Texture:

Stir in the sour cream, vanilla extract, melted and cooled semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, salt, and peppermint extract. Mix until the filling is smooth and chocolatey.

5. Assemble and Bake:

Pour the cheesecake filling onto the chilled crust. Gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the edges are set, but the center still has a slight wobble.

6. Cool and Refrigerate:

Turn off the oven and crack the oven door. Allow the cheesecake to cool inside the oven for about an hour. Then, transfer it to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

7. Make the Peppermint Topping:

In a clean, chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and peppermint extract, then whip until stiff peaks form.

8. Decorate and Serve:

Once the cheesecake has set, carefully remove it from the springform pan. Spread the peppermint whipped cream over the top and garnish with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for a festive touch.

9. Slice and Enjoy:

Slice the Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake into decadent servings and serve it to your guests. Watch their faces light up with the joy of the holiday season as they savor every delicious bite.


This Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake is a magical Christmas dessert that will enchant your taste buds and add a delightful touch to your holiday celebrations. With its rich chocolate flavor and refreshing peppermint twist, it's the perfect sweet treat to make your festive season even more special. Enjoy your Christmas with this delectable dessert that will leave your loved ones asking for more!


Tips for the Perfect Cheesecake:

  • To avoid cracks, avoid overmixing the batter, and cool the cheesecake slowly.

  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, stirring frequently.

  • For a stiffer whipped cream, chill the bowl and beaters beforehand.

Cheesecake Pairing and Serving Suggestions:

Serve this cheesecake with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of dessert wine to enhance the flavors. Present it on eco-friendly, compostable tableware to keep up with the sustainable spirit of the season.

Cheesecake Storage Tips:

This cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For best taste, serve it chilled.

Be Eco-Conscious!

In line with our commitment to sustainability at Green Paper Products, we encourage using compostable baking paper and recyclable materials during your baking adventure.

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