Silky New York Style Cheesecake filled with delicious pieces of Mint Chocolate.
Errrrmahgosh! I have one thing to say; Mintiest breath, ever. EVER! If you have someone in your life suffering from Halitosis, for a lack of better words, send them this cake. Stat.
However? Um… you know… I don’t even know. Sometiiiiiimes… I just get realllllly carried away. I saw cream cheese, I saw Andes-type mints (I’m cheap – alternative brands all the way!), I saw cake. The following step involved a mixer and the next best thing happened; thy cheesecake was born.
In all honesty, and is if you didn’t know, cheesecake is soooooo my thing. I’ve waxed poetic about my love for sweet cheesecakes – I ♥ cheesecakes! Have you tried my Pear Almond Cheesecake Torte, yet?? You really, really should…it’s incredible. BUT, my favorite, hands down, is New York Style. I can’t say that I’ve had anything better.
This, this, THIS awesomeness is just that. AWE.SOME!
I didn’t think the chunks of chocolate would work. I mean, I knew that it would taste as good as I imagined, but I just wasn’t sure if those chocolate pieces would stay afloat.
The only thing I knew was that I could try the trick I use for my fruit muffins; toss the fruit in some flour, cross your fingers, and say five Hail Marys!
So, I did that. And it worked!! Mint chocolate pieces were all over the place; top, middle, near bottom, to the sides… I loved it!
And if you love yourself and your family, you will make this now. Yeah, right now! It’s necessary!!
Sorry for the shouting, but that is also necessary.
Also, also? I need to scream just one more time because, in case you didn’t notice, I’m giving away a camera! Yippeeeeeeee!
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- 8 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 to 2 tablespoons peppermint extract
- 1 bag (8.5-oz) chocolate mints, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Using a food processor, work the graham crackers into fine crumbs.
- In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
- Pour melted butter into the bowl and mix until mixture is evenly moistened.
- Press crumbs evenly onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, or until crust starts to brown around the edges.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- In your mixer's bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth.
- Add ½ cup sugar and continue to beat until smooth.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add whipping cream and peppermint extract; mix until thoroughly combined.
- In a bowl, combine chocolate mints and flour; toss until completely covered.
- Gently fold chocolate mints into the cream cheese mixture.
- Brush the sides of the inside of the springform pan with melted butter.
- Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared crust.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until edges are set; center of cheesecake will be soft.
- Turn oven off and open oven door about 4 inches.
- Let cheesecake sit in oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven.
- Transfer pan to a wire rack and let completely cool.
- Carefully remove sides of pan.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
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