12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop-Day 9

Today is What’s Your Favorite Dessert Day Again. With so many mouth-watering food this time of year, it’s hard to pick just one dessert.
No it’s not.
Because–Cheesecake! Peppermint cheesecake!
Because I eat very little sugar or flour, cheesecake is the perfect dessert for me. I can use one of the good tasting non-sugar substitutes on the market and have a great treat.
This recipe is a full sugar one, and it’s fabulous. When I’m being good, I substitute Splenda for the sugar and add a 1/4 cup Torani Sugarfree syrup and skip the crust. But, sometimes you have to splurge.

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Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake

Ingredients

12 ounces creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, broken into pieces $
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature $
3/4 cup sugar $
1/3 cup sour cream $
4 eggs $
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour $
1 teaspoon vanilla $
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon salt $
1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy

Preparation

1. Place cookies in a heavy zip-lock plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour into a buttered 9-inch round springform pan and pour melted butter over crumbs; mix to coat, then press evenly over bottom and about 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake in a 300° oven until crust is slightly darker and looks a bit dry, about 10 minutes (leave oven on).
2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Beat in sour cream. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in flour, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into pan over baked crust.
3. Bake until edges are just golden and center jiggles slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour. Run a knife around edge of pan rim. Place pan on a wire rack and cool cheesecake completely in pan. Cover and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. Run a knife around rim again, then release rim. If any liquid has pooled on surface of cheesecake, blot dry gently with a paper towel.
4. Decorate top of cake with crushed peppermint candy, pressing it in gently with your hands.
I’d like to welcome Tracy Livesay to the blog today. Tracy, would you like a piece of cheesecake?
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About the Author

I write powerful and passionate romantic fiction. I believe in alpha heroes, intelligent heroines and happily ever afters. Obstacles may threaten my couples’ happiness, but true love will ALWAYS prevail. If you want to chat about TV, movies and/or purses, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter, when I’m not trying to meet an ever present deadline. I wrote my first romance novel at the age of eleven, called “The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school–where I met her husband on the very first day. I live in Virginia with said husband and three kids. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads