This is a sponsored post, written by me, and created in partnership with Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  All opinions expressed herein are straight from my heart.

Planning a holiday party? These Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars are such a festive offering! Creamy chocolate cheesecake is nestled in a crunchy cookie crust, and spiked with cool peppermint. So perfect for this time of year!

I made these Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars for Christmas and they were a huge hit! The cheesecake is so chocolate-y and creamy, and I loved that cool hit of peppermint! @spreadphilly #OneAndOnlyPhilly #HolidaysAreMadeWith #spon

When the temperatures really start to plunge and the weather gets blustery and cold, there’s nothing I love more than to warm up with a mug of hot cocoa. Even better if it’s spiked with a bit of cool peppermint! I just love the combination of rich chocolate and bracing mint.  It puts me right in the holiday spirit!

And when it comes to desserts, you really can’t do much better than cheesecake.  Am I right?  It’s so rich and creamy and satisfying.

I made these Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars for Christmas and they were a huge hit! The cheesecake is so chocolate-y and creamy, and I loved that cool hit of peppermint! @spreadphilly #OneAndOnlyPhilly #HolidaysAreMadeWith #spon

I’ve been tinkering around with my cheesecake recipe for months now.  At this point, I really think I have the formula perfected.  It yields such a creamy result.  It’s dense and rich, but, at the same time, melt-on-your-tongue light.  I always use Philadelphia Cream Cheese—it’s made with real milk and cream, has no added preservatives, and the quality just shines through.

When you infuse it with deep, rich cocoa and melted bittersweet chocolate, you end up with the most incredible dessert.  And that hit of cool mint! You just want to keep going back for another bite.

I made these Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars for Christmas and they were a huge hit! The cheesecake is so chocolate-y and creamy, and I loved that cool hit of peppermint! @spreadphilly #OneAndOnlyPhilly #HolidaysAreMadeWith #spon

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars

Planning a holiday party? These Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars are such a festive offering! Creamy chocolate cheesecake is nestled in a crunchy cookie crust, and spiked with cool peppermint. So perfect for this time of year!


Serves makes 9-12 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 24 ounces (3 bricks) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Starlight mints, for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously mist a 9-inch square baking pan (3 inches high) with nonstick spray, and line with a sheet of parchment paper, allowing the excess paper to drape over the sides of the pan.
    2. Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in the bowl of a food processor, and chop finely. Stir in the melted butter, and press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    3. Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Add the Philadelphia Cream Cheese, mixing on medium-low speed until combined. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Stir in the cream, melted chocolate, and peppermint extract, and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
    4. Rap the unbaked cheesecake sharply on the counter a few times to eliminate any large air bubbles. Place it in a larger baking dish, and pour very hot water into the larger dish until it comes up about 1 inch around the cheesecake pan.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, then lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F and bake for another 65 minutes, or until set around the edges but still slightly jiggly toward the center. Turn off the oven, and prop the door ajar with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven for at least an hour. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.
    6. Garnish cheesecake bars with starlight mints just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 708kcal Calories from fat 456
% Daily Value
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 233mg 78%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Carbohydrate 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 45g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

I made these Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars for Christmas and they were a huge hit! The cheesecake is so chocolate-y and creamy, and I loved that cool hit of peppermint! @spreadphilly #OneAndOnlyPhilly #HolidaysAreMadeWith #spon

Be sure to put this recipe on your holiday menu this year!  Your guests will adore it.  Rich, creamy chocolate cheesecake bars, with a hint of festive peppermint and a crunchy cookie base—these are just perfect for a party!

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Thanks to Philadelphia Cream Cheese for allowing me to partner with them to come up with some fun and delicious recipes!  I had a blast.  Do you have any favorite holiday recipes using Philadelphia Cream Cheese?  I’d love to hear your favorites in comments below.  For additional inspiration, click here.

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I made these Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bars for Christmas and they were a huge hit! The cheesecake is so chocolate-y and creamy, and I loved that cool hit of peppermint! @spreadphilly #OneAndOnlyPhilly #HolidaysAreMadeWith #spon