Peppermint Cheesecake Oreo Brownies: layers of homemade brownies, holiday cookies, and peppermint cheesecake will put a smile on your face this Christmas. Do not forget the swirl of peppermint whipped cream because it adds just the right touch of holiday love!
*I am partnering with ADA Mideast this month to bring you a holiday recipe. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
It’s the most wonderful time of year. Christmas decorations are up, and everywhere you go there is Christmas music playing or bells ringing. I don’t know about you, but hearing those ringing bells outside most stores gives me the warm fuzzies. It’s the sound of people giving back because they care.
The church that we have been attending for the past few months had a big donation drive earlier this month. We participated by shopping for children from other countries with our two youngest children. They had fun picking out items for each box.
They also do different food drives and work days through the year, so we are looking forward to helping out even more. We want our children to see how much it means to help out and give back to others that are in need. My desire is that they will remember these giving moments instead of the gifts under the tree each year.
This month I am partnering with the American Dairy Association Mideast for their annual Cooking Together to Give Gallons campaign. They will be donating 25 cents to The Great American Milk Drive for every new follower on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram through December 13. One click of a button can help so many families in need.
Did you know that milk is the number one requested item by most food banks, but it is rarely donated? We go through a few gallons a week at our house. So, I can’t even imagine not having milk available to drink. The Great American Milk Drive will be delivering thousands of gallons of milk because there are so many families in need.
The daily recommended dosage for dairy is three servings of milk a day, which is about a gallon of milk a week. Unfortunately even here in the United States there are millions of children and families who only get one gallon per year. If you would like to donate separately, you can do that here as well. Your $5 donation will provide a gallon of milk to one family in need this holiday.
One of my absolute favorite ways to add dairy to our diet is in the form of cheesecake. These fun cheesecake bars staring back at you have three times the dairy goodness in them. That’s right. I included cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and heavy whipping cream in every bite.
A pan of these peppermint cheesecake Oreo brownies in your fridge is one way to get your daily dairy intake.
This sweet bars start with a double batch of homemade chocolate chip brownies topped with Oreo cookies. I wanted the cookies to really stand out, so I bought the holiday cookies with red frosting.
For the cheesecake layer I beat together a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, yogurt, and extracts. To give it even more peppermint goodness, I melted down some white chocolate peppermint chunks and beat that into the cheesecake batter along with some eggs.
Before you add your cheesecake batter to the pan, make sure to press the cookies down into the brownie batter until they are even. As these peppermint cheesecake Oreo brownies bake, the cookies will start to float up and allow the brownies to bake through the cheesecake layer. Start with the cookies pushed down, so it will keep this from happening. Too much anyway.
I did have a few spots around the edges of my brownies where you could see a bubble of brownie mixture baked through the top. Don’t worry if this happens because they still taste amazing!
The pan of these fun Christmas brownies didn’t stand a chance in our fridge. One by one these little square of peppermint goodness disappeared. I guess it’s time to bake another batch of brownies. I’m feeling the need for more dairy today. Wink, wink!
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More fun and delicious ways to add dairy to your holiday baking this season:
- Eggnog Cheesecake from Life, Love, and Sugar
- Caramel Hot Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake from Beyond Frosting
- Ice Cream Kolacky Cookies from In Katrina’s Kitchen
*I was compensated by ADA Mideast to create a holiday dairy recipe and participate in the #GiveGallons campaign. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.