White Chocolate and Candy Cane Cheesecake

Mascarpone cheese is even richer than cream cheese, making this lavish cheesecake super creamy. The candy canes make it the perfect holiday dessert.

White Chocolate and Candy Cane Cheesecake
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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
50 mins 325°F
Cool:
2 hrs
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White Chocolate and Candy Cane Cheesecake

Ingredients
8
ounces white baking chocolate, chopped, or 1-1/3 cups white baking pieces
2
cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/2
2
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1
8 ounce carton mascarpone cheese
3/4
cup sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract
3
eggs
3/4
cup finely crushed hard peppermint candies (such as candy canes or striped round peppermint candies)
2
ounces white baking chocolate, or 1/3 cup white baking pieces
 
Crushed hard peppermint candies (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a heavy small saucepan, heat and stir 8 ounces white chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; set aside.
  2. For crust, in a medium bowl, stir together graham crackers and melted butter until combined. Press crumb mixture firmly onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan (do not go up the sides of pan.) Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in melted chocolate and peppermint extract until smooth and combined, scraping bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup candy.
  4. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a 2-1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently shaken.
  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a sharp small knife, loosen cake from pan; cool for 30 minutes more. Remove sides of pan and cool completely. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. To serve, cut cheesecake into wedges using a sharp knife dipped in warm water. In a heavy small saucepan, melt 2 ounces white chocolate over low heat. Spoon melted chocolate over cheesecake slices. If desired, sprinkle top with additional candy. To store any remaining cheesecake, cover and chill in refrigerator up to 2 days. Makes 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Blogger Variation by Ashley Whitmore of Kitchen Meets Girl

For Ashley's version, make a chocolate sandwich cookie crust in place of the graham cracker crust. Finely crush 24 chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor. You may also place the cookies in a resealable gallon bag and use a rolling pin or a meat mallet to crush them. In a medium bowl, stir together the cookie crumbs and 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan (do not go up the sides). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Continue as directed in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

(White Chocolate and Candy Cane Cheesecake)
    Per serving:
  • 629 kcal cal.,
  • 43 g fat
  • (25 g sat. fat,
  • 151 mg chol.,
  • 400 mg sodium,
  • 54 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 11 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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