Food Friday – Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

Want to make a spooky dessert that also tastes good? This green mint chocolate cheesecake from tasteofhome.com is spooky in color but not in taste!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 6 tablespoons crème de menthe
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons crème de cacao
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed Oreo cookies (about 10 cookies)

Ganache

  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cooled chips, creme de menthe, flour, creme de cacao and extract. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour half the batter over crust; sprinkle with crushed Oreos. Carefully spoon remaining batter over top. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. hot water to larger pan.
  3. Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, 75-80 minutes. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  4. Remove rim from pan. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Spread over cheesecake.
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