This no-bake dessert is not only easy to make but also captures the festive flavors of the season. It’s a perfect treat for holiday gatherings, and the peppermint adds a refreshing twist to the classic cheesecake. I highly recommend giving it a try!
● 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (you can use crushed chocolate sandwich cookies)
●1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
● 2 (8 oz) packages low fat cream cheese, softened
● 1 cup powdered sugar
● 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
● 1 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
● Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for garnish
1. Prepare the Crust:
In a bowl, combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a lined or greased square baking dish to form an even crust. Place it in the refrigerator to set while you prepare the filling.
2. Make the Cheesecake Filling:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and peppermint extract, and continue to beat until well combined. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and well combined.
3. Assemble the Cheesecake Bars:
Take the crust out of the refrigerator and spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the crust.
Place the assembled cheesecake bars in the refrigerator and let them chill for at least 4 hours or overnight until set.
5. Add Topping:
Before serving, sprinkle crushed candy canes or peppermint candies over the top for a festive touch.
6. Slice and Serve:
Once fully chilled and set, remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator. Use a sharp knife to slice it into bars. Serve chilled and enjoy your delightful No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Bars!
Written by GUADS intern Alexis with contributions from wyseguide.com