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- Francis Bacon

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peppermint Patty's Candy Cane Cheesecake

Let's face it - candy canes are cute and sweet and adorable and fun but by the time Christmas is over and the tree is looking a little worn and sad - we look at those little candy canes and wonder what in the world we're going to do with them. Instead of making the kids eat them or tossing them in the trash or - horrors - keeping them until next year - how about a recycle and reuse recipe made specifically for using up the little orphan canes of Christmas.

This cheesecake is a great dessert with coffee or tea when guests arrive for the New Year or, heck, for YOU, because after all of the work that you've done these past weeks, well, you deserve a special treat!

2 cups oreo cookie crumbs
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 lb. cream cheese
1 1/2 tbsp. peppermint schnapps
1/2 tbsp. orange juice
1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 tbsp. sour cream
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup crushed candy canes


Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Butter two 8 inch cake pans.
Divide crumb mixture between the two pans, making 1/2 inch crust.

Beat cream cheese, schnapps, concentrate, vanilla, cream, and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Add remaining ingredients and beat well until blended.
Fill both prepared pans with cheesecake batter. Place pans in water bath of boiling water and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Cool on rack and chill overnight.


Marydon Ford said...

Okie dokie, this one is for sure I try ... TYSM for sharing.

Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

What a beautiful dessert and practical too. Just the right thing for after a heavy meal!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, such beautiful goodies. If I were to eat all the good things I like I would be bigger than a barrel. That is outstanding. Would sure make me look good at our holiday dinner.

Debbi said...

PERFECT! This is so festive and I have not seen this recipe, so I took a screenshot of this page so I can make it for our New years eve dinner party we are attending!
Hey your blog is decorated so beautifully festive LOVE IT!

crochet lady said...

Peppermint is my favorite flavor. That looks decadently delicious!