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Santa's Favorite Cheesecake

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Updated May 17, 2018
Santas Favorite Cheesecake
SERVES
8
CHILL TIME
8 Hr
COOK TIME
40 Min

We all know Santa loves his cookies, but did you know that he's also a big fan of peppermint? That's why we came up with this recipe for Santa's Favorite Cheesecake! It's a cheesecake that'll have have everyone saying, "Ho, Ho, Ho!"

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
  • 5 drops red food color
  • 5 drops green food color

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar, and butter; mix well. Press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form a crust; set aside.
     
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; mix well.
     
  4. Reserve 1/2 cup batter and pour remaining batter over prepared crust.
     
  5. Divide 1/2 cup batter into 2 small bowls and add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to each bowl. Add red food color to one bowl and green food color to other bowl; mix each one well.
     
  6. Spoon each colored batter onto white batter in dollops. Using a knife, swirl batters together to create a marbled effect.
     
  7. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until almost set in center. Allow to cool completely then cover and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight.
     

Notes

Complete the holiday theme by garnishing each slice of cheesecake with a blizzard of whipped cream and a miniature candy cane.

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