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.
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.
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 cheesecake brownies in your fridge is one way to get your daily dairy intake.
Tips for making Peppermint Cheesecake Oreo Brownies:
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!
Here are a few more easy holiday recipes that you may enjoy:
- Peppermint Brownie Trifle
- No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Bars
- Peppermint Mocha Fudge Tart
- Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate
*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.