This No Bake Holiday Cheesecake is such a great dessert for the holidays, you’re going to love the colorful layers, and the cool peppermint flavor with the candy crunch, and brownie crust.
Its so easy, no bake and packed will of flavor- with the perfect consistency
You just can’t go wrong with this one. It’s so much fun to make and to serve, and even more fun to share with your family or friends. This makes a beautiful way to end a meal, or to bring out with coffee, or after dinner cordials. No matter what you choose to serve this with, your guests will be glad you did!
Peppermint Cheesecake is a festive, rich and luscious cheesecake filled with real peppermint flavor throughout! This is perfect for all of your holiday parties, get together or Christmas dessert. Who could resist having a big slice.. or 2!
I sprinkled a few crushed candy cane balls on top and I know the additions dressed up the cheesecake but they were not needed at all. The cheesecake is perfect all by itself!
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No Bake Holiday Cheesecake!
Serves 10 - 12 - 2 inch pieces
FOR THE CRUST: (We went super simple on this one)
- 1 box of Betty Crocker Brownies
FOR THE FILLING:
- 6 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese - softened
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of corn starch
- 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of Vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
- Neon Pink gel food coloring
FOR THE TOPPING:
- Starlight mints in Red Peppermint - crushed
- Starlight mints in Green Spearmint - crushed
COOKS TOOLS NEEDED:
- 1 - 9 inch Spring-form pan
- Parchment paper
- 1 stand mixer
- Rolling pin
- Double zip plastic food storage bags
- medium mixing bowl
- Mix the brownie mix according to package directions.
- Line the bottom of the Spring-form pan with parchment paper, and pour half, or a little more of the brownie batter into the Spring-form pan, on the parchment paper, and bake at 350 for 15 - 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When done, remove from oven to a wire rack to cool.
- Place the remaining brownie batter into a small dish, and bake to eat while you're making the cheesecake filling!
- In the mixing bowl of the stand mixer, with the whisk attachment, blend the 6 packages of cream cheese until smooth.
- Add about a 1/4 cup of the 1 cup of heavy cream to the cream cheese, and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, and blend again.
- Add the granulated sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice, and blend until smooth.
- Add the corn starch to the powdered sugar, and add to the cream cheese mixture a little at a time, alternating with the cream, until all the cream and powdered sugar have been added.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, and blend.
- Turn the mixer on high, and mix for about 2 minutes, until the cheesecake filling is smooth and creamy. Pour just a little less than half of the cheesecake filling into a small bowl, and place in the refrigerator (this is the white layer on top of the pink layer - see photo).
- Add the Neon pink food coloring gel to the mixing bowl, a little at a time until the desired color of bright pink is achieved (I used about half of a small tube of gel coloring) (see color in photo). Blend until all the food coloring is incorporated into the cheesecake filling.
- Pour the pink cheesecake filling on top of the brownie crust in the Spring-form pan, and place the pan in the freezer.
- Allow to freeze for at least 4 hours to set the cheesecake.
- When the 4 hours is up, remove the cheesecake from the freezer, and remove the white layer from the refrigerator, and pour the white layer on top of the pink layer, and smooth the top with a spatula or spoon then Place the cheesecake back in the freezer.
- Remove the wrappers from about half of the bags of both colors of mints.
- Place about half of the bag of red starlight mints into a double zip food bag.
- Place about half of the bag of the green starlight mints in a double zip bag.
- Place the bag in another double zip bag, and with a wooden rolling pin, crush the mints into small pieces. (If you want to use all the mints, that's fine, we used half bags, to decorate, but any amount will do, according to your personal taste).
- You'll have to hit the mints with the rolling pin to crush them.
- Once the mints are crushed, place the red mints around the outside of the top of the white cheesecake filling.
- Place the green mints around the red mints, in a circle on top of the cheesecake filling.
- Place the red mints in the center of the cheesecake, finishing the top of the cheesecake with the mints.
- Place the cheesecake back in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
- Serve within 24 hours for best results.
- Cheesecake can be kept in the freezer, covered, for up to 7 days.
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