Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Recipes - Peppermint Cheesecakes in a Jar

Hello all! Around the office we are beginning to feel very festive! Our Christmas decorations are up, are yours? We decided to share a fun recipe with you all, that is quite festive & great for gifts! Share your photos with us on Facebook of your holiday baking!

Frozen Peppermint Cheesecakes in a Jar

Supplies needed for this project:

10 half pint Ball jars
Cooking spray
2 cups of chocolate sandwich cookies (approx. 17 cookies)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
red food coloring
20 peppermint candies
3 freezer bags
1 rolling pin

Place your chocolate sandwich cookies into a freezer bag and use the rolling pin to smash the bag of cookies until they become cookie crumbs. Add your melted butter and sugar to the bag and mash the bag in your hands until the three ingredients pull together to create your crust and are well incorporated.
Take the lids off the glass jars and place them on a cookie sheet to contain the mess. Spray each of the jars with cooking spray. Put two spoonfuls of cookie crumbs into each jar and use the back of the spoon or your hands to press the crust into each jar. Slide the cookie sheet of jars into the freezer to chill while you prepare the filling.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually pour in the can of sweetened condensed milk until it is smooth. Stir in your peppermint extract and red food coloring, approximately three drips to achieve a pale pink color. Mix all the ingredients well. Fold in whipped cream.
Remove your tray of jars from the freezer. Using a standard ice cream scoop, add one scoop of filling to each of your jars. Use the back of a small spoon to smooth the filling on top until it is level and smooth.
Remove the wrappers from your peppermint candies. Place the peppermint candies into a double-bagged freezer bag and use your rolling pin to smash into small pieces to garnish your cheesecakes. Sprinkle the broken peppermints on top of each one.
Screw the lids back on your jars and put back into the freezer. Freeze for two hours or until firm.

Via Splendidly Homemade on Pinterest

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