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Swirls-of-Peppermint Cheesecake Bars

Swirls-of-Peppermint Cheesecake Bars recipe
Recipe and Photo by: Better Homes and Gardens
These creamy marbled cheesecake bars get their flavor from peppermint extract—and their festive look from bits of crushed mint or candy canes.
35 min
5 hr 55 min
32 bars

What You Need

cups  finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies (about 35 cookies)
tablespoons  sugar
cup  butter
 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
cup  sugar
 teaspoon vanilla
cup  milk
 slightly beaten eggs
 teaspoon peppermint extract
 Red food coloring
cup  crushed peppermint candy canes or 32 miniature peppermint candies

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed cookies, 2 tablespoons sugar, and the melted butter; stir until coated. Press mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and the vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in milk until combined. Stir in eggs.

4. Transfer 1 cup of the cream cheese mixture to a small bowl; stir in peppermint extract and enough red food coloring to make desired color. Pour the plain cream cheese mixture over partially baked crust, spreading evenly. Drizzle red cream cheese mixture over plain cream cheese mixture. Use a thin metal spatula to gently swirl the mixtures.

5. Bake in the preheated oven about 20 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Cut into bars. Sprinkle bars with crushed candies or place a miniature peppermint candy on each bar before serving. Makes 32 bars.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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