Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

December 3, 2015

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake – all the luxury of a classic cheesecake kicked up an notch with festive peppermint flavors!

This is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas dinner. Who could resist a slice?

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The Perfect Christmas Cheesecake!

Nothing welcomes a celebration the way an over-the-top cheesecake does! Am I right or am I right? Cheesecake is one of my favorite kinds of cake.

It’s always a dessert that you want to savor each and every little spec of it and not a crumb goes wasted. I mean I wouldn’t complain if a generous slice of it found it’s way to my dinner table every night – er, until my waistline starting disagreeing with that I suppose.

But that is why these are perfect for the holidays, yes they are indulgent but in moderation they are worth every calorie!

If you like cheesecake or peppermint bark you simply have to try this heavenly cheesecake! It’s the perfect blend of the two and of course it’s perfectly festive for the holidays. Even though I just barely made this I’m thinking I have no choice but to make it again for Christmas.

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I mean what better dessert could there be to serve on Christmas day? It so good it may just become a holiday tradition for you and your family! It’s a slice of pepperminty bliss that’s destined to be thoroughly enjoyed!

More Peppermint Desserts to Try!


Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

4.72 from 14 votes

A perfectly festive, rich and luscious cheesecake with a perfect peppermint flavor! This is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas dinner.

Servings: 16
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cool Time 15 hours
Total Time 19 hours 10 minutes



  • 20 (228g) cream filled chocolate wafers, such as original Oreos, finely crushed
  • 3 Tbsp (43g) (43g) unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake filling

  • 6 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, well softened (28 oz total)
  • 1 cup (215g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (use an extra 1/2 tsp if you'd like a stronger flavor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, plus about 3 oz. more for topping
  • 1/3 cup (58g) peppermint bits or crushed candy canes or starlight mints, plus more for topping


  • 2 oz. white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (235ml) heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) granulated sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract


  1. For the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line outside of an 9-inch springform pan with an 18 by 18-inch sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil (this will prevent water from leaking into cheesecake so make sure it doesn't get any tears).
  2. In a mixing bowl using a fork, stir together crushed cream filled chocolate wafers with melted butter until mixture is evenly moistened. Firmly press mixture into an even layer in bottom of springform pan. 

  3. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  4. For the cheesecake filling: Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Meanwhile add 6 oz. white chocolate and 1/2 cup heavy cream to a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave on 50% power in 20 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool. 
  5. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer whip together cream cheese and granulated sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time then blend in peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and sour cream. Mix in melted white chocolate mixture. 
  6. Tap bowl forcefully against countertop about 30 times to release large air pockets. Add in 5 oz chopped chocolate (I didn't mix in the small chocolate shavings for a cleaner looking cheesecake) and the peppermint bits and quickly fold several times (the peppermint bits will begin to dye the batter so fold in quickly so it doesn't tint all of it pink). 

  7. Spray the sides of springform pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray then pour mixture over crust layer in pan. Set cheesecake in a large roasting pan then set pan on rack in center of oven. Carefully pour in enough boiling water around springform pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the springform pan. 
  8. Bake cheesecake edges are beginning to set but center still jiggles slightly, about 1 hour 20 - 1 hour 30 minutes. Carefully remove from oven (and roasting pan) an allow to cool on a wire rack 45 minutes then cover with plastic wrap leaving a small opening on one side for heat to escape and chill 8 hours or overnight.
  9. For the mousse: Melt white chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring well between intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside and let cool until lukewarm. 
  10. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form then add sugar and whip until very stiff peaks form (it should start to loose that wet sheen - unless you live in a very humid environment in may never appear slightly dry). 
  11. In a separate mixing bowl whip cream cheese until smooth then mix in melted white chocolate and peppermint extract. Fold in whipped cream. Spread into an even layer over cooled cheesecake and return to refrigerator and chill 1 1/2 hours longer. 
  12. Garnish top edges with chopped chocolate and peppermint bits, then run a knife around edges to ensure cheesecake is loosened then remove ring from springform pan and cut into slices.
Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Cheesecake
Author: Jaclyn
This post has been sponsored by Lunchbox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • carol c

    I made this cheesecake for Christmas and everyone enjoyed it. Mousse turned out great. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  • Meg

    My cheesecake is still in the oven, but when you get going on making this dessert and you’re in the groove, be sure to read the title and keep in mind which part of the cheesecake you’re making. I was on the cheesecake filling and added ALL of the white chocolate and all of the cream cheese, because the written directions dont specify an amount. My fault, for sure, but I didn’t want anyone else to make the mistake.

    I have compensated for eyeballing an amount of the filling to pour out and make the mousse with.. hope it turns out okay.

  • Erin

    These directions are not clear. I haven’t tasted the cheesecake yet. But I had to call my friend to get her opinion on what I was supped to do.
    I am no stranger to baking either. Please make clearer.

  • Barbara Vercillo

    I made this last year for Christmas and was a huge hit. I am making it again this year. This is the best recipe ever.

  • KF

    Made for Christmas and thought it was just okay. Not a huge hit compared to other cheesecakes I’ve made for the holidays. I would say this tastes like a version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. While making the mousse you have to be really careful mixing it for the right consistency. It was A LOT of work to make this cake. Positives: The mousse topping was delicious, it does look festive and beautiful.

  • Megan

    I made this once and that’s all it took to become a post Christmas Dinner tradition going 3 years strong. This recipe is amazing and is sure to please all those with a sweet tooth. Couldn’t recommend it more highly!

  • Angie

    This is a delicious recipe and a beautiful cake. I made it for my husbands office Christmas party and it got rave reviews. My husband was able to cut a piece and bring it home to me. It was so good! It such a beautiful presentation