White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bars with a chocolate crust and a dollop of peppermint whipped cream! A fun holiday treat for the entire family!

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bar recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bar recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Another one of those adult moments coming your way…

Let’s talk cookware. I completely believe there is an appropriate time to use all varieties of cookware – whether it be stainless, cast iron or non-stick. I have a little bit of each and they all have their uses. Though, I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been in love with my non-stick and it’s seen better days, which means it (or at least certain pieces) definitely needs replacing. For a while, I’d been debating over ceramic cookware.

Julie and I were talking recently about how we both needed to replace some non-stick items and we’d both considered trying ceramic. She bit the bullet and I let her be the guinea pig. That’s what friends do, right? After how much she raved about it, I had to try it.

Let me preface this by saying that I don’t normally buy celebrity branded items, especially after a previously poor experience. However, in this instance, the name behind the celebrity is a well known ceramic cookware brand, so I figured it was a safe bet. Anyway… I ended up buying this 10 inch non-stick ceramic fry pan from Trisha Yearwood’s cookware line. Not only is it gorgeous (it comes in an exterior titanium or copper finish) but it works just as you’d hope a good non-stick pan would. Nothing stuck to the pan and it cleaned up beautifully and easy! I’m already eager to try a few other items in the line. Yay for new pans! See… boring adult moment.

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bar recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Now let’s talk about dessert, specifically cheesecake. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t enjoy a slice of cheesecake every now and then. And, since it’s the holiday season, now is definitely a good time to indulge in a classic dessert.

I’ve shared many seasonal cheesecake recipes including an over the top full size white chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake. I decided to put a spin on that cheesecake and do an easy bar option!

Less work, same great flavor and you can totally ditch the fork if you want!

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bars with chocolate crust, topped off with a dollop of peppermint whipped cream and crushed candy canes! A crowd pleasing holiday dessert!

Be sure to add these peppermint cheesecake bars to your baking plans!

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bar recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 9-12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, plus chill time

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars

Creamy white chocolate peppermint cheesecake bars with a chocolate crust and a dollop of peppermint whipped cream! A fun holiday treat for the entire family!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2C Chocolate Oreo cookie crumbes, filling removed (roughly 25 cookies)
  • 3Tb granulated sugar
  • 5Tb unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 2: 8oz packages full fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4C granulated sugar
  • 3oz white chocolate, melted
  • 1/4C heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Whipped cream:

  • 1/2C heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2Tb powdered sugar
  • Crushed candy canes, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment, leaving overhang on two sides. If necessary, hold parchment in place using binder clips. Lightly grease remaining sides of pan with baking spray. 
  2. Combine chocolate cookie crumbs with granulated sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan, creating an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. 
  4. In a small bowl, melt white chocolate in 30 second intervals, at 50% power. Stir chocolate between intervals. Repeat until completely melted and smooth. 
  5. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. With mixer running on low, slowly add sugar. Mix in melted white chocolate, followed by heavy cream and peppermint extract. Add one egg at a time, mixing well between additions. Beat until completely smooth and no streaks remain. Poor batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill overnight. 
  6. In a medium bowl, beat together heavy cream, peppermint extract and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to use. 
  7. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice cheesecake into desired sizes. Prior to serving, add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. 
  8. Store cheesecakes in the refrigerator. 

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8 Responses to “White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 9, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Who doesn’t love cheesecake?!! Just kidding, I am sure there are some, but looking at this and all it’s goodness it’s a MUST TRY RIGHT?! Even if you don’t like it typically? I love an excuse for some delicious cheesecake!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:10 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Medeja — December 9, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I would enjoy such cheesecake so much!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:10 am

      You definitely would! :)

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    June @ How to Philosophize with Cake — December 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Omg, those bars look so rich and delicious…I just love the white chocolate + peppermint flavor combination! And I bet it works fabulously in these cheesecake bars :)

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks June!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — December 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    These looks absolutely scrumptious and I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love cheesecake and these are the perfect cheesecake bars for the holidays. Question. What do you do with all that yummy oreo filling?

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks Allie! We sneak a little (of the filling) and toss the rest. :)

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