Mint Cheesecake with a Chocolate Cookie Crust

Fresh mint makes this rich cake as bright in flavor as it is in appearance, and the chocolate crust gives you that wonderful mint-chocolate combination. It's the perfect dessert for St. Patrick's Day, or anytime you need to impress guests.

Recipe courtesy Zoe Francois
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 12 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

THE CRUST:
  • 24 chocolate wafer cookies (homemade or store bought)
    THE MINT CHEESECAKE:
    • 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 2 drops green food coloring
    • 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese
    • 1 cup sugar
      THE TOPPING:
      • 1 cup sour cream
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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      Directions

      To make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      In a food processor break up the cookies until they are powder. Add the butter and pulse until it just sticks together. Firmly pat the chocolate crust into an 8-inch springform pan. Bake the crust for about 5 minutes and then cool on rack.

      Reduce the oven to 300 degrees F.

      To make mint-cream: In a blender or food processor add the mint and heavy cream. Pulse until the mint is well blended in the cream. Add the food coloring. Set aside.

      Mix the cheesecake batter: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low speed. Scrape the mixture off the sides of the bowl and make sure it is very smooth. Mix in the sour cream. Add the yolks one at a time, mixing well between each one. Add the mint extract and whiskey and mix until well combined.

      Divide the cheesecake batter into two bowls and add the mint-cream mixture to one of the bowls.

      Add about 1 cup of the white cheesecake batter to the prepared pan. Then add 1 cup of the mint batter in the center, do not spread it out too much.

      Add about 3/4 cup of the white batter, followed by 3/4 cup of the mint batter. Add about 1/2 cup of the white batter, followed by 1/2 cup of the mint batter. Add about 1/4 cup of the white batter, followed by 1/4 cup of the mint batter. Add about 2 tablespoons of the white batter, followed by 2 tablespoons of the mint batter.

      Tightly wrap the springform pan with foil and then bake the cheesecake in a water bath, tented with foil. Bake for about 45 minutes, but check it after 30 minutes. It is done when the center is set and giggles like jell-o. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes, still sitting in the water bath.

      Remove the pan from the water and foil.

      To make the topping: Mix together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread the mixture over the top of the cheesecake and return to the oven for 10 minutes.

      Before the cake cools, run a paring knife around the edge so that the cake can shrink away from the pan without cracking.
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