This Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake recipe is perfect for the Christmas holidays. The cool, creamy, peppermint cheesecake is dotted with crunchy bits of peppermint bark and is finished off with a chewy brownie crust.
Although I will continue making apple and pumpkin recipes through the holidays, I am so excited to start adding in peppermint desserts! Christmas candy and decorations are everywhere in the stores and although it seems a bit early, I am looking forward to my favorite holiday of the year. Today I’m sharing Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake to kick off the baking season!
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Before we get to the recipe, I want to share my friend Lindsay’s brand new cookbook: Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes: Extraordinary Recipes and Easy Decorating Techniques. Even if you aren’t already a follower of Life, Love and Sugar, you’ve seen Lindsay’s gorgeous cakes and desserts all over Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. She is so talented and she is a total sweetheart.
If you are interested in making cakes or know someone who is, this 256-page cookbook is a MUST. There are recipes for icebox cakes, cookie cakes, single layer cakes, cupcakes, layered cakes, ice cream cakes, cheesecakes, and holiday cakes. PLUS, there is a whole section where Lindsay shares all of her tips that take cakes from average to beautiful.
Today’s recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake is a based on her Mint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake recipe from the book. I wanted to make a holiday version of the recipe so I left out the green food coloring and added peppermint bark bits.
I made peppermint swirl bark (find the recipe here) and chopped it up before adding it to the cheesecake filling. If you don’t have any peppermint swirl bark available, you can substitute Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips or chopped candy canes.
First, make the chocolate brownie crust in a 9-inch springform pan. Once the brownie has cooled, line the springform pan with parchment paper to form a collar. Add the peppermint cheesecake filling and smooth it out. Place the cheesecake in the fridge for 5-6 hours, or until firm. Then, remove the springform pan sides and the parchment paper. Pipe whipped cream around the edge of the cheesecake and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
Finish the Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake off with a sprinkle of chopped peppermint swirl bark or chopped candy canes.
This Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake recipe is the perfect thing to serve during the Christmas holiday season. We shared it with friends and everyone enjoyed the flavor combination of chocolate and peppermint and the dessert combination of brownie and cheesecake.
- 3/4 cup 168 g unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup 207 g sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 3/4 cup 98 g all-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp 43 g natural unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 16 oz 452 g cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup 104 g sugar
- 1-2 tbsp 19-38 ml peppermint mint extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup 180 ml heavy whipping cream, cold
- 1/2 cup 58 g powdered sugar
- 1 cup peppermint swirl bark or candy canes, chopped
- 1/2 cup 120 ml heavy whipping cream, cold
- 1 1/2 tbsp 11 g powdered sugar
- Chocolate sauce as needed
- 1/4 cup peppermint swirl bark or candy canes, chopped
- Piping bag
- Ateco 844 icing tip or Wilton 1M or 2D
Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line the bottom of a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. Note: if your springform pan leaks, use a 9-inch (23-cm) cake pan so the brownie batter won’t leak out while baking.
To make the brownie, combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add the eggs and mix until well combined. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until well combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Bake the brownie for 22 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Remove the brownie from the oven and allow it to cool for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove it from the pan and transfer it to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Once the brownie is cool, make the cheesecake filling. In a large mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well combined and smooth. Add the peppermint extract (2 tbsp for a strong peppermint flavor or use light for a lighter flavor) and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined and smooth. Set this mixture aside.
In a separate mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold one-third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until well combined. Gently fold in the peppermint swirl bark (or candy canes) until evenly distributed.
Place the brownie back into the 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan. Line the sides with parchment paper that sticks out about 1 inch (3 cm) above the sides of the pan to act as a collar and account for possible overflow. (Note: if you used a regular cake pan for the brownie, it may be a little different size. You can use the same cake pan for the following steps but you’ll want to put a piece of clear plastic wrap in the pan first, followed by a cardboard cake round that the brownie will sit on. You’ll use the clear plastic wrap to lift the cheesecake out of the pan when it’s done.) Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly over the brownie. Refrigerate the cheesecake until firm, about 5 to 6 hours. Once it is firm, remove from the springform pan (or cake pan) and set it on a serving plate.
To make the whipped cream, whip the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Using the whipped cream, pipe a swirl border around the edge of the cheesecake. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the cheesecake.
Refrigerate the cheesecake until you are ready to serve. This cheesecake is best eaten within 2 to 3 days but should be fine for 4 to 5 days.
More chocolate peppermint recipes to enjoy: