Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mint Cheesecake Morsels


3 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (40 cookies)
cup butter or margarine, melted
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
6 drops green liquid food coloring
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon shortening

Directions: Stir together cookie crumbs and butter; press mixture into bottom of an aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in peppermint extract and food coloring. Spread cream cheese mixture over prepared crust. Bake at 300° for 35 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Place chocolate morsels and shortening in a small heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Submerge bag in hot water until chocolate melts; gently knead until mixture is smooth. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of plastic bag; drizzle chocolate over cheesecake in a crisscross pattern, if desired. Cut into squares.

Tip: You can also use white chocolate with red or green food coloring to make it more festive!

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