These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.
I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.
With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake. Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake. Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze. I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients. My list might end up being pretty long. Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now…
Every year we make a list of cookies and desserts that we want to make to share for all the holiday dinners at friend’s and families houses. I say we, but in reality it is just me. My kids and hubby just go along with whatever crazy sugar scheme I come up with. 10 varieties of cookies in one day…ok, let’s do this!
Cheesecake always makes our list. Always!
When it comes to cheesecake, I like to bring out the silver. PHILADELPHIA cream cheese has set the standard high for a delicious and quality product. It is creamy and delicious, and my cheesecakes turn out the best using their product. I love that they use milk from local dairy farmers. They combine the milk with fresh cream and have the cream cheese refrigerated in 6 days. Talk about fresh! There are also no preservatives in the original cream cheese making it my number one choice when I go ingredient shopping.
For these cheesecakes, I started with a chocolate cookie crust. Chocolate gets added to just about everything I bake, crust included. Plus, it pairs so well with the white chocolate cheesecake and peppermint on top.
Fill your liners with the crust and press it down. I like to use a small condiment cup that fits perfectly into the bottom of my pan. Then mix up your cheesecake batter. Cheesecake is something that you need to remember to prepare for. I like to set my cream cheese out on my counter for a few hours before I begin mixing things up. Room temperature cream cheese beats up so much nicer than cold or microwaved cream cheese.
Go ahead and divide the batter into 20 cups. It may look small, but remember we have another no-bake layer to add later. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cheesecakes cool in the pan. You can now make your peppermint mousse. This is just more cream cheese, melted peppermint baking chips, and Cool Whip mixed together. Fill the tops of the cupcakes liners and press more peppermint chips on top. Refrigerate for a few hours.
A little bit more Cool Whip and a cute mini cookie completes the look. I will be highlighting this one on my baking list…it’s a must make again and again!
These white chocolate peppermint mousse cheesecakes are the perfect treat for any holiday table. Or for anyone who likes to raid the refrigerator at midnight.
What? I don’t know anyone that would do such a thing!
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- 1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- 3/4 cup Andes peppermint crunch pieces, divided
- 1 cup Cool Whip + extra for tops
- mini chocolate cookies for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place 20 cupcake liners into a muffin tin.
- Stir together the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Spoon into the cupcake liners and press down evenly. Set aside.
- Beat together 2 packages cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, sour cream, and flour and beat again.
- Place the white chocolate chips and shortening in a bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and creamy.
- Spoon into the cheesecake batter and stir gently. Divide the batter into the 20 cupcake liners. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the cupcake tins.
- In another mixing bowl, beat the remaining cream cheese.
- Melt 1/2 cup peppermint crunch pieces in the microwave. Stir into the cream cheese.
- Add the Cool Whip and beat again. Spoon the mousse onto the cheesecake cups.
- Press the extra peppermint crunch pieces onto the top. Refrigerate for a few hours.
- Serve with Cool Whip and mini cookies if desired. Makes 20 mini cheesecakes.
*If you cannot find the peppermint crunch pieces, use white chocolate chips, a 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, and pink food coloring for the mousse.
Andes, Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, 10oz Bag (Pack of 3)
Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan (2, STANDARD)
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