Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes

If there is one thing that can get my grinchy self into the holiday spirit, it’s peppermint and chocolate. Actually, mostly the peppermint, but the chocolate is always a welcome bonus. It’s all doom and gloom until someone rounds up that first carton of peppermint Blue Bell ice cream and then I think everything might be okay in the world. So when I started thinking about what I REALLY wanted for Christmas (because despite what Mariah Carey says, all I want for Christmas isn’t really you…it’s peppermint), I decided it was mini peppermint chocolate cheesecakes. 

Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best BitesFor the crust, you’ll need some Oreos (just regular Oreos–not the thin ones or Double Stuft) and some melted butter.

Oreos and butter for Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil liners and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place the Oreos in a blender or food processorOreos in blenderand blend the Oreos until they’re crumbs. Mix in the melted butter. Place 1 tablespoon of the cookie mixture in each lined muffin cup Oreos crust in muffin tinsand gently press with the back of a spoon. Set aside.

For the cheesecakes, you’ll need some cream cheese, sugar, an egg, peppermint and vanilla extracts, baking powder, flour, and some peppermint white chocolate candy.

Ingredients for Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites

I would have actually preferred to use a bag of those Andes Peppermint White Chocolate pieces from the baking aisle, but I couldn’t find them, so I used Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses instead and just chopped them up. And when I say, “just chopped them up,” I mean, I wondered halfway through, “Why am I doing this? Should I have used a food processor? If I do things like this, do I really love myself?” Yeah.

Chopped peppermint kisses

Anyway, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar Adding sugar to cream cheesewith an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Add the extracts

adding vanilla and peppermint to cream cheese mixture

and the egg and mix until completely smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the chopped peppermint candy pieces

adding chopped peppermint kisses to cheesecake mixture

and divide the mixture evenly among the lined muffin tin cups. 

unbaked Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. When the cheesecakes are cool, place some chocolate chips and a little shortening in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the chocolate is melted and smooth and the shortening is incorporated. Transfer to a small ziploc bag and cut the corner off the bag. Drizzle evenly over the cheesecakes.

drizzled chocolate over Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites

Allow to harden in the refrigerator.

Immediately before serving, make the peppermint whipped cream. You’ll need whipping cream, vanilla and peppermint extracts, powdered sugar, and some more of those stupid chopped Kisses that made you wonder who you are and why you’re here. In a medium bowl, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint and vanilla extracts.

adding powdered sugar to heavy whipping cream

Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

making whipped cream

Dollop over the prepared cheesecakes before serving and then sprinkle with remaining candy pieces

Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites 1

(you can also fold them into the whipped cream if you prefer.)

Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes from Our Best Bites 2

Serve immediately.

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Mini Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecakes

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 18 mins Total Time 38 mins
Yields 12     adjust servings


Ingredients

Crust

  • 10 Regular Oreos
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter

Cheesecakes

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 8-ounce bag peppermint white chocolate candy or candy pieces (like Peppermint Kisses or Peppermint Andes pieces)

Topping

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Remaining peppermint white chocolate candies from from above
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil liners and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a blender or food processor, blend the Oreos until they're crumbs. Mix in the melted butter. Place 1 tablespoon of the cookie mixture in each lined muffin cup and gently press with the back of a spoon. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Add the extracts and the egg and mix until completely smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the chopped peppermint candy pieces and divide the mixture evenly among the lined muffin tin cups. 

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. When the cheesecakes are cool, place the chocolate and shortening in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the chocolate is melted and smooth and the shortening is incorporated. Transfer to a small ziploc bag and cut the corner off the bag. Drizzle evenly over the cheesecakes. Allow to harden in the refrigerator.

Immediately before serving, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint and vanilla extracts. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Dollop over the prepared cheesecakes before serving and then sprinkle with remaining candy pieces (you can also fold them into the whipped cream if you prefer.) Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 377kcal Calories from fat 260
% Daily Value
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

7 comments

  1. Wondering what your thoughts are on this. What if you just put a whole cookie in the bottom of the liner and drizzled and little butter on it? Assuming that the size is correct, I feel like this would work just fine – then you don’t have to dirty a food processor to make crumbs (unless you use one to chop up some Hershey kisses for some crazy reason), plus it seems less tedious. This isn’t a question I’m expecting you to know the answer to – it’s more philosophical.

    Also, have you ever had Bob’s Sweet Stripes? I stumbled upon them in Wal-Mart and I put one in my coffee this morning and it pretty much made my day (which is saying a lot when I’m at work on the Monday before Christmas). They would be FANTASTIC in some OBB hot cocoa (basically they are “soft” candy cane sticks that readily dissolve into hot liquid – don’t want to leave people in suspense).

    1. You could for sure do this–I’m just a sucker for crumb crusts and I also feel like a whole Oreo might be a lot. I would maybe try the Oreo Thins instead–they’ll be easier to bite into! 🙂

      And yes, I loooove Bob’s Sweet Stripes!

  2. Hey, Kate! Thinking these might have to get added to our Christmas Eve menu. How would peppermint oil work in this in pmace of extract? Would the amount be the same?

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