White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Peppermint cheesecake swirled with peppermint bark pieces, topped off with a layer of white chocolate mousse, bits of chocolate and crushed peppermint candies.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

You might think I love cheesecake. I don’t. I love making it though and my family loves eating it. Really, I’ll make just about anything even if I don’t personally like eating it. I know *ugh* I don’t like cheesecake. I’m sorry! I save that portion of my belly for things like apple crisp and apple pie.

I’ve had this cheesecake on my mind since Thanksgiving when my brother mentioned it. I couldn’t get it out of my head! I’ve stared at the image of The Cheesecake Factory’s peppermint bark cheesecake a ton while contemplating how to make this. I had my fingers crossed tight that this experiment would work out.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

And since I’m sharing it… that means it worked! A total success. A white chocolate peppermint cheesecake sits on top of a chocolate cookie crust. It’s swirled with peppermint bark pieces, topped off with a layer of white chocolate mousse, chocolate shavings and crushed peppermint candies.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I’ll give you a minute.

Go ahead and wipe the drool away.

This takes more time to make than the average cheesecake but it’s absolutely worth it for something extra special.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Creamy homemade peppermint cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces, topped off with a layer of white chocolate mousse, chocolate shavings and crushed peppermint candies. A must make holiday dessert!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 55 minutes
Total Time1 day
Servings: 14


Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 C chocolate cookie crumbs or 22 regular oreos with filling
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

Filling Ingredients:

  • 24 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 4 oz white chocolate melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 batch peppermint bark made thin (peppermint bark recipe) or roughly 1 1/2C chunks

Mousse Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C cool whip softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 oz white chocolate melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Plus chocolate shavings peppermint pieces and whipped cream for topping


Peppermint bark

  • Prepare peppermint bark at least 1 day ahead. Melt 4oz dark chocolate with 1/2 tsp vegetable oil. Mix in 1/8 tsp peppermint extract. Spread thin over a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • Melt 4oz white chocolate with 1/2 tsp vegetable oil. Mix in 1/8 tsp peppermint extract. Spread over chilled dark chocolate. Sprinkle immediately with crushed peppermint candies. Chill for at least 15 minutes. (*when melting chocolate, if using a microwave be sure to use the 30 second 50% power method stirring well after each 30 seconds).


  • Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Prepare a 9" spring-form pan by wrapping the outside with two sheets of heavy duty tin foil around the bottom and up the sides. In a food processor, blend cookies until only fine crumbs remain. Add melted butter. Give a quick blend. Transfer crumb mixture to spring-form pan. Shake to disperse crumbs. Using a flat bottom cup, press down to create an even crust. Bake crust for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F degrees.
  • Chop peppermint bark into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Begin melting 4oz white chocolate. Using a double boiler or heat safe bowl, melt over simmering water. Stir until fully melted. Using the microwave, in a heat safe bowl microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power until fully melted. Stir well after each interval.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar. Mix well. Scrape bowl well prior to each new addition and as needed. Add melted chocolate, flour, heavy cream, salt and peppermint extract. Mix well. On medium/low speed, add one egg at a time. Mix until smooth and blended well.
  • Add peppermint bark pieces, stir by hand.
  • Transfer spring-form pan and cooked crust to a larger pan, such as a large roasting pan. Pour filling into crust. Add enough hot water to reach half way up the sides of your spring-form pan. Carefully place in center of oven. Bake at 325°F degrees for 1 hour. Turn off the oven. Keeping the door shut, leave the cheesecake in the oven for an additional 45 minutes. Remove cheesecake and allow to sit for at least 1 hour before chilling.
  • Chill 4 hours or overnight before adding the mousse.
  • In a medium bowl beat softened cream cheese, melted white chocolate, cool whip, sugar and vanilla until smooth and slightly thickened.
  • Carefully remove side of spring-form pan. Spread mousse mixture evenly over cheesecake. Chill for 4 hours or overnight before serving.
  • Serve slices with chocolate shavings, crushed peppermint candies and whipped cream.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator.


Recipe yields 1: 9-inch cheesecake, serving roughly 12-16.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Homemade white chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A must make holiday dessert!
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com
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268 Responses to “White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake”

  1. #
    Anna — December 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    This might be a stupid question, but on the ingredient list, it said 2C chocolate cookie crumbs and 1C sugar, what is the C in there means? How much would 2C and 1C and 1/C is?

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      Rachel — December 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

      C stands for cup.

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    Robin — December 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! This looks like heaven! I’ll be making this cheesecake for Christmas Eve and I’m hoping it’ll prompt a future marriage propsoal HAHA! Thanks for posting!

    Greetings from the Sunshine State!

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      Rachel — December 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

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    clark — December 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I just made this for Christmas today for some friends, Im excited to taste it, it looks AMAZING.

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      Rachel — December 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I hope you enjoyed it! :)

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    Roberta Lambert — December 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I made this for Christmas Eve celebration and it was perfect! I used Ghirardelli peppermint bark (18 squares = 1 1/2 C – milk choc. not the dark) and Ghiradelli white chocolate chips (4 oz. = approx. 3/4 C) in the cake. I doubled the mousse recipe and used the other half to top my chocolate cheesecake. I used the store brand of extra creamy cool whip as the first ingredient listed was milk instead of hydrogenated oil.
    I also used your timing and direct water bath on my chocolate cheesecake. I have always put a pan of water on the rack directly under the cake and then baked at 325 for 1 hr 5 mins. Almost all of the cheesecake recipes I have use that timing method. My chocolate cheesecake was the best I have ever made!
    I will use your timing method on ALL of my cheesecakes going forward.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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      Rachel — December 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    janna — December 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I made this for dessert to enjoy after our family’s Christmas dinner. It was absolutely delicious! I was afraid that the family would be overwhelmed by the peppermint extract in the cheesecake itself, so I omitted that. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfectly. It was a big hit! Thank you for the recipe!

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      Rachel — December 27, 2014 at 7:22 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Savannah — November 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Hi! Making this for Thanksgiving this year- so I don’t have a ton of time, so I was going to try to break the steps up in a couple days… Do you think the cheesecake would be fine if I baked the cheesecake on Monday evening, and did the Mousse Wednesday night, for it to be ready by Thursday? Or is that too early? Should I try to do it sooner to Thursday?
    Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

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      Rachel — November 23, 2015 at 7:24 am

      You should be able to break it up into various steps. Just be sure to keep it well chilled in between. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Anonymous — December 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

    This looks amazing! When you say prepare the pan with 2 sheets of foii what exactly to do mean? Just on the bottom of the pan?

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      Rachel — December 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Wrap the exterior of the pan with 2 layers of foil. This prevents water from entering the pan while baking in the water bath.

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    Megan — December 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Oh my goodness! This is amazing!! I made it the other night-first cheesecake I’ve ever made-and it turned out PERFECT. I followed the instructions exactly and the consistency came out perfectly. Next time I will add more Oreos for a thicker crust but other than that it was perfect. I made it for my family because we have a tradition that on Black Friday we go get lunch at Cheesecake factory and get a slice of this perfection; however, we could not make it this year-so to keep the tradition alive I decided to make it. Let me just say that they were amazed, liked this crust better than the actual one, and prefers this cheesecake instead of the other one now. We all get together for Christmas and make dinner and my family is in charge of the dessert-lets just say after multiple requests, this will be the dessert! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe, it’s truly delicious!!

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      Rachel — December 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed it so much, Megan! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Madi Woltman — December 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    How do you wrap your pan to prevent leaking? Do you wrap it on the inside or the outside of the pan?

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      Rachel — December 21, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Wrap the outside of the pan around the bottom and up the sides with at least 2 heavy duty layers of foil.

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    Madi Woltman — December 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Do you spray the inside of the pan at all or line it with anything? Sorry for the questions, I just want to get this right.

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:29 am

      It’s usually not necessary as long as you have a good non-stick pan. However, if you’re concerned, a light coating on the sides would likely be okay.

  11. #
    Kristin — January 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

    This is such a great recipe! I’ve made it twice this holiday season for different celebrations. It’s so fancy, yet fairly simple to make. Thank you for posting!

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      Rachel — January 3, 2016 at 8:16 am

      So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it, Kristin! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Chaundra Tangi — January 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I have a gas oven ad I was worried about cooking this at the 325 for an hour… Sometimes my oven takes longer, so I adjusted and did 70 minutes. It has been in there still for over 45 minutes and still doesn’t seem firm…. Any suggestions? If this isn’t quickly received, I will keep you posted how it comes out :)

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      Rachel — January 8, 2016 at 7:26 am

      The key to this recipe is that it continues to sit in a warm oven after the full cook time. So even at the one hour mark, it shouldn’t be completely ready to be removed. It will continue to slowly cook for the additional time sitting in the oven. However, if your oven does not cook at the proper temperature, definitely adjust the temp or time as needed.

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    Julie — November 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Has anyone tried to modify this to be gluten free? I’m guessing Glutinous “Oreos” would substitute fine but wasn’t sure about the 1 1/2 tbsp flour. I have all purpose gluten free flour but I know it doesn’t always substitute well.

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      Rachel — November 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

      In this case, you may be fine leaving the flour out since it’s such a small amount or use gluten free flour. The gluten free Oreo alternatives would work fine for the crust.

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    Rebecca Nichols — December 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I can’t wait to make this cheese cake. Looks very rich, delicious and very perfrect for Christmas dessert:-) Thank you for sharing

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      Rachel — December 9, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Diamond Warnock — December 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    has anyone frozen this for a few days or a week. how does it thaw. should you put the whip topping on and freeze or thaw and then put it on?

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      Rachel — December 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      For best results, I’d recommend freezing without the white chocolate mousse and additional toppings. Add those after thawing the cheesecake fully.

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    Christi — December 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    How long will this keep n fridge? Can you make ahead and freeze?

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      Rachel — December 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      This will easily keep in the fridge for up to a week. You can absolutely make it ahead and freeze it. If choosing that method, be sure to add the white chocolate mousse and toppings after thawing it.

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    Pam — December 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Can you use whipped cream instead of Cool Whip in the mousse?

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      Rachel — December 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

      It doesn’t have the same consistency and will not hold up as well, so I would not recommend it.

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    Adele Bain — November 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I received some 4.4 inch springform pans last year – and I would love to make this in the mini version.
    Can I divide this? If so – between 2 – 3 pans. And how long would I bake it?

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      Rachel — November 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

      I haven’t made this into that size so you’ll need to eye it as you go. Start with two and if you have tons of extra, a third can always be added to your plans! :) Good luck and enjoy!

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    Lizzy — December 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This cheesecake is my new holiday tradition. 3 years running and it just keeps getting better! I use dark chocolate instead of white in the mousse, and leave the oil out of the peppermint bark. I find it gets weird and crumbly and soft, rather than having that nice snap. Here’s a picture of this year’s cheesecake! https://i.imgur.com/yYpXq8E.jpg

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      Rachel — December 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Yours looks great! So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    Veronica — December 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, I just made but I forgot to put the peppermint extract in the cheesecake. Should I make a new one?

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      Rachel — December 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

      If you’ve already baked it, you could certainly add peppermint extract to the mousse instead. It won’t be quite the same but would keep you from having to redo the entire cheesecake.

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    Frank — December 23, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for the recipe! I’ve made this 4 years in a row for Christmas, and it’s a hit every time! I only make one change because I don’t want to use Cool Whip. I whip up 1/3 cup of heavy cream to use in its place as I don’t want all the artificial ingredients from the Cool Whip. the dessert is holiday perfection!

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      Rachel — January 5, 2021 at 6:30 am

      So glad you’ve enjoyed it, Frank! Thanks for sharing! :)

  22. #
    Christine Michele — March 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I have been using this recipe since around 2012, or 2013, and I cant believe I’ve taken this long to comment. THANK YOU for everyrhing. This is the most delicious cake, and the peppermint is perfect, not overwhelming, thank you rachel!!!

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      Rachel — March 4, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Thank you for sharing, Christine! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipe! :)

  23. #
    Allison — November 18, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    This cheesecake is ridiculously delicious. I made it for Christmas and it was a huge hit! Seriously, I dream about this cheesecake. Sadly, I now live far from my peppermint bark loving family and am the only one in my current home that likes peppermint and I can’t make it just for me. Or can I…😊

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      Rachel — November 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      So glad you’ve enjoyed it so much! And, it’s still totally worth making for just you! Freeze individual slices so you can thaw one when you’re craving a bit! :)

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