Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

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INGREDIENTS

Cooking spray3 

(8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened1 c. 

granulated sugar2 

large eggs1/4 c. 

sour cream1 1/2 tbsp. 

all-purpose flour1 tsp. 

peppermint extract1 tsp. 

pure vanilla extract1/4 tsp. 

kosher salt1/2 c. 

chopped chocolate, plus more for garnish1/2 c. 

chopped white chocolate, plus more for garnish1/2 c. 

chopped candy canes, plus more for garnishFOR THE OREO CRUST24 

Peppermint Oreos5 tbsp. 

melted butterFOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE3/4 c. 

hot heavy cream1 1/2 c. 

semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and spray an 8″ springform pan with cooking spray. Make filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment), beat cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, then sour cream, flour, peppermint extract, vanilla, and salt. Gently fold in chopped chocolates and candy canes and set aside.
  2. Make crust: In a food processor or in a large Ziploc bag, crush Oreos into fine crumbs. Stir with melted butter until completely moist.
  3. Add crust to prepared pan and pack tightly.
  4. Pour over filling and place pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until center is only slightly jiggly, about 1 hour. (If you want to use a water bath to ensure no cracking, wrap springform pan in foil and place springform pan in a deep-sided roasting pan. Pour boiling water into roasting pan until it reaches halfway up the springform pan.)
  5. Turn off oven and let cheesecake cool in oven 1 hour (this step is optional but prevents cracking).
  6. Refrigerate cheesecake until completely chilled, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight
  7. Before serving, make chocolate ganache: Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and let sit, 5 minutes. Stir until all chocolate is melted. (If ganache seems too thin, refrigerate 5 minutes.)
  8. Spread ganache over chilled cheesecake and garnish with more chopped chocolate and candy canes.
  9. Refrigerate 10 minutes before serving to let ganache harden.
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