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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake in the Instant Pot

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake in the Instant Pot

Peppermint bark is one of my all time favorite Christmas treats. Dark chocolate combines with smooth, creamy white chocolate, with the crunch of fresh peppermint bits. So, when we set out to create Christmas recipes for the Instant Pot, like our Instant Pot Eggnog and Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake, I knew right away that a peppermint bark cheesecake had to be next. The finished result was even better than I could have hoped. We served this to our family during Thanksgiving and received rave reviews from everyone who tried it!

 

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The Process

Oreos in food processor

Place 25 Mint Oreo Thins in a food processor. (If using regular Oreos, instead of thins, scrape filling out of half of the Oreos and discard.)

 

Oreo crumbs

Run food processor until cookies break into fine crumbs.

 

Oreo crumbs and butter

Add cookie crumbs and melted butter to a bowl. Stir to combine.

 

Oreo cookie crust.

Pour crumb mixture into 7″x 3″ push pan or springform pan. Using fingertips, press down crumbs, smoothing into an even layer. Then place pan in freezer while preparing batter.

 

Cream cheese and sugar.

Add cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Beat until smooth.

 

White chocolate chips and cream.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream.

 

Melted white chocolate mixture.

Microwave chips and heavy cream for 25 seconds, then whisk until completely smooth. If chips are not melted after one minute of whisking, microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.

 

Cheesecake batter.

Let white chocolate mixture cool until warm, not hot, then fold into cream cheese mixture until completely combined.

 

Cheesecake batter with eggs.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined.

 

Peppermint bits.

Place 1 or 2 candy canes in clean food processor and process until crushed. You can also buy candy cane bits to use instead.

 

Peppermint cheesecake batter.

Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. candy cane bits and 1/8 tsp. salt over cheesecake batter.

 

Cheesecake batter folded with peppermint.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold peppermint bits until just combined. (Optional step: Tap bowl against counter top several times until air bubbles rise to surface. Burst bubbles with fork or toothpick.)

 

Peppermint cheesecake batter in pan.

Remove cheesecake crust from freezer and pour batter into pan.

 

Pan covered in tin foil

Add 1 1/2 cups water and 3 inch trivet to Instant Pot. Cover cheesecake with foil, and place on trivet. Cook for 40 minutes at high pressure. Once pressure is released, turn off Instant Pot and carefully remove cheesecake. Remove foil and allow cheesecake to cool for one hour or until room temperature. Once cool, carefully run a paring knife around the edge of the cheesecake to separate from pan. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Carefully push cheesecake up from push pan by placing center of push pan on a can or glass and pushing edges down. If using springform pan, gently remove outer edge of pan.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake in the Instant Pot

Creamy white chocolate cheesecake swirled with peppermint bits and with a rich chocolate mint crust. Perfect for the holidays!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 372 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

Cheesecake Crust

  • 25 Mint Oreo Thins see notes for substitutions
  • 3 Tbsp. butter melted

Cheesecake Batter

  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate baking chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed candy cane 1 to 1 1/2 candy canes
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

Cheesecake Crust:

  1. Place 25 Mint Oreo Thins in a food processor. (If using regular Oreos, instead of thins, scrape filling out of half of the Oreos and discard.) Run food processor until cookies break into fine crumbs.

  2. Add cookie crumbs and melted butter to a bowl. Stir to combine.

  3. Pour crumb mixture into 7″x 3″ push pan or springform pan. Using fingertips, press down crumbs, smoothing into an even layer. Then place pan in freezer while preparing batter.

Cheesecake Batter:

  1. Add cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Beat until smooth.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave chips and heavy cream for 25 seconds, then whisk until completely smooth. If chips are not melted after one minute of whisking, microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.

  3. Let white chocolate mixture cool until warm, not hot, then fold into cream cheese mixture until completely combined.

  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until just combined.

  5. Place 1 or 2 candy canes in clean food processor and process until crushed. You can also buy candy cane bits to use instead.

  6. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. candy cane bits and 1/8 tsp. salt over cheesecake batter. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold peppermint bits until just combined. (Optional step: Tap bowl against counter top several times until air bubbles rise to surface. Burst bubbles with fork or toothpick.)

  7. Remove cheesecake crust from freezer and pour batter into pan.

  8. Add 1 1/2 cups water and 3-inch trivet to Instant Pot. Cover cheesecake with foil, and place on trivet. Cook for 40 minutes at high pressure, then allow a natural pressure release.

  9. Once pressure is released, turn off Instant Pot and carefully remove cheesecake. Remove foil and allow cheesecake to cool for one hour or until room temperature. Once cool, carefully run a paring knife around the edge of the cheesecake to separate from pan. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

  10. Carefully push cheesecake up from push pan by placing center of push pan on a can or glass and pushing edges down. If using springform pan, gently remove outer edge of pan. Then serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Oreo thins can be replaced by 25 regular mint Oreos with filling removed from half. If you cannot find mint Oreos, regular Oreos will work.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake in the Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Potassium 138mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 22g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 15.8%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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