Sweet Tooth Friday: Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on December 15, 2011

I’ve been tempting some of you with this recipe for weeks now. In fact, I was almost forced to test it out, before I made it for one of our early Christmas celebrations.

I say almost forced, because really, you don’t have to try to hard to get me to make something that is so chocolatey it could almost kill you. It’s so rich that one piece will leave you feeling satisfied, full beyond your dreams, and craving more. All at the same time. It’s a magic cheesecake. Topped with candy canes, as all magic Christmas foods should be.

Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

Whether it’s in the mini form or the full-size form, this cheesecake will not disappoint.

Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

Wait, no, I take that back. It will disappoint because there will be zero leftovers. And you will want more of this. I promise you.

Sweet Tooth Friday: Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

Yield: 10-12 for a full cheesecake, 24 for mini cheesecakes

Sweet Tooth Friday: Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cheesecake


    Brownie Layer
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Cheesecake
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Crushed candy canes


    Brownie Layer
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla and peppermint extract until smooth. Add eggs, mixing until blended. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt until well blended.
  4. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan.
  5. While the brownie is baking, prepare the cheesecake layer.
  6. Cheesecake
  7. Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually add the eggs, whipping cream, vanilla and peppermint extract and salt. Beat until smooth.
  8. Place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on high. Stir. Continue microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring until melted. Slowly blend the melted chocolate into the cheesecake batter.
  9. Remove the brownie from the oven and our the cheese mixture over it.
  10. Return to the oven and baking for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center is almost set.
  11. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Using a knife, loosen from the sides of the pan.
  12. Cool to room temperature and remove the sides of the pan.
  13. Cover and refrigerate for severals hours until cold.
  14. Before serving sprinkle with crushed candy canes, pressing them lightly onto the surface.


For mini cheesecakes, prepare brownie layer as above. Line 24 muffins tins with muffin liners. Divide the brownie batter equally between the 24 cupcakes. Bake for 10 minutes.

Prepare the cheesecake layer as above. As soon as the brownie comes out of the oven, pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownie mixture. The cheesecake will come to the top of the tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are set and a tooth pick inserted in the center of one cheesecake comes out clean.

Cool to room temperature, then remove from the muffin tins. Cover and store in the fridge. Before serving sprinkle with crushed up candy canes.


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1 Ashton December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

it says submissions start dec. 22?

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

Fixed it! You can link up now.

3 Run DMT December 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

How much do you charge for a slice? That sounds so delicious!

4 Catherine @ Make Myself at Home December 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

It’s not letting us submit until next week!

5 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

All fixed.

6 Heather @girlichef December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

I am dying for a slice…that is some serious goodness right there!

7 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids December 16, 2011 at 6:11 am

This looks amazingly awesome. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the beautiful pictures!

8 jo-lyn@jo-lyns cutie(cup) cakes December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

i am going to gain all 40 pounds back! that’s all there is to it! lol i just can’t even ….ohmygosh!! this looks so good!! thnx for another great recipe!! :)

9 jo-lyns cup cakes n' candies December 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

we can’t add ours yet???

10 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

I just fixed it. Sorry!

11 Cranberry Morning December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

I don’t even dare make this. That’s one of my favorite flavor combinations – chocolate and mint! Please keep it far, far from me. I’m going to have enough trouble with Christmas goodies as it is! lol (looks fantastic)

12 bj December 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

My post is up…hope the linky is up soon. :))

13 Allison @ Alli 'n Son December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

It’s there now.

14 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Oh my goodness, that looks AWESOME!! It’s beautiful, Allison.

15 Aimee @ ShugarySweets December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oh em gee that cheesecake looks amazing! Thanks for hosting!!

16 Lorraine December 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

Beautiful cheesecake! So yummy looking! I linked up today and enjoyed visiting many of the great links.

17 Rachel December 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

This cheesecake looks amazingly rich and very chocolately – just the way I like it!

18 Martha December 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

mmm yum! Cheesecake is my favorite!

19 TidyMom December 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

oh wow! I love this!! sounds delicious!!

Thanks for linking up, I featured this post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/holiday-foods/

Have a Merry Christmas!

20 Diana December 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

This meme has been added to the list of Friday food linkies at Link Rink.

21 Casey December 18, 2011 at 12:53 am

Your photos are astonishing. I want to grab a bite right from my computer screen.

22 raquel December 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

this is something that I could prepare this holiday…I love cheese cake, it is a dessert that I could eat almost everyday.

23 Kristina December 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Oh no, my stomach growled looking at this amazing recipe! Will have to try it soon 😉

24 Miz Helen December 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks like an awesome Christmas treat! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. We are wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

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