Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake

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We are so excited to be here at I Heart Naptime today with a delicious holiday dessert recipe. We know that when it comes to holiday recipes, the traditional items like turkey, cranberry sauce and sugar cookies get top billing, but holiday parties are the perfect excuse to try a new twist on something classic.

Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake from Handmade Mood on iheartnaptime.com

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Candy Canes are a childhood favorite, but they don’t get much love from anyone over the age of 10! Today we’re mixing the youthful joy of the candy cane with the more mature flavor of the chocolate cheesecake. That’s right, a candy cane chocolate cheesecake … it’s all your dreams come true!

Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake from Handmade Mood on iheartnaptime.com

A cheesecake is the perfect dessert to bring to a holiday pot luck. It can be made ahead of time, but even though it’s delicious, you don’t want a whole cheesecake tempting you from the fridge! This way, you can enjoy a piece (or two), and also enjoy all of the compliments from your fellow partygoers!

Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake from Handmade Mood on iheartnaptime.com

For this recipe, I used candy cane chocolate sandwich cookies, you can use Oreos, JoeJoes from Trader Joe’s, or leftover Thin Mint cookies that you’ve been hiding in the freezer! Since we don’t use mint in the cheesecake batter, it’s important to get a nice minty flavor in the crust. We want it to be minty, but not in a mouthwash kind of way!

Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake from Handmade Mood on iheartnaptime.com

For the topping, we placed a few large candy canes in a Ziploc bag, and crushed them with a rolling pin. You want to end up with about a cup of candy cane crumbs, and to bake half the crumbs in the middle of the cake, and the other half as decoration on top of the ganache.

Alright, let’s stop talking about the deliciousness, and start baking!

Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 c. mint sandwich cookie crumbs (we crush the cookies in a blender)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted

Cheesecake:

  • 3 8oz. packages cream cheese
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 c. candy cane crumbs

Topping:

  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 3/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. candy cane crumbs

Directions:

  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and the melted butter, and press into a 9" springform pan. Bake in a 350º oven for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and the sugar. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after adding each egg.
  4. Combine melted chocolate chips and vanilla, and mix them in to the batter until smooth.
  5. Add half of the batter to the springform pan.
  6. Sprinkle the 1/2 c. of candy cane crumbs to the batter in the pan, and then top with the remaining batter.
  7. Bake in a 425º oven for 10 minutes, and then reduce the oven to 250º for 45 minutes.
  8. When the cake is done baking, open the oven door, and let the cake stay in the oven until it is cooled.
  9. Leave the cake in the pan, cover in aluminum foil and place in the fridge overnight.
  10. When the cake is chilled, make the topping.
  11. Warm the cream on the stove over low heat.
  12. When the cream begins to bubble around the edges, remove it from the heat and add the chocolate chips.
  13. Stir the chocolate until smooth.
  14. Run a knife around the edge of the springform pan, and loosed the sides.
  15. Remove the sides of the pan, and place the cake on a serving plate.
  16. Pour the chocolate over the cake, allowing the chocolate to go over the sides.
  17. To finish, sprinkle the chocolate topping with the remaining candy cane crumbs.

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  1. Katherine @ Everyday Celebrations posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm (#
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    This looks out of this world delicious! It will be perfect to try for holidays with the in-laws. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Deborah+W posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm (#
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    This cheesecake looks beautiful and sounds delicious! I can hardly wait to make it for Christmas dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm (#
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      This would be perfect for Christmas dinner! Hope you enjoy this cheesecake! :)

  3. Michelle posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm (#
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    YUM! This sounds incredible, I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Sammy posted on November 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm (#
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    This Cheesecake looks amazing! I will definitely try this recipe out his holiday season :) I did a little pre-Christmas baking of my own yesterday! Check out these Homemade Chocolate Pecan Clusters http://happywifehappy.life/homemade-turtles/
    They are definitely worth it :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm (#
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      Thanks for stopping by, Sammy! Those pecan clusters sound awesome!

  5. Coleen posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 am (#
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    I think I need this in my life! Can’t wait to try my hand at this yumminess!