Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecakes

It’s good to be home after a quick trip to St. Louis -just in time for this month’s chocolate party featuring mint which I am lucky to have growing in my garden all year long.  Once again I created a press box goodie for my son to share with his co-workers and friends.  One of my son’s favorite desserts has always been cookies and cream cheesecake-I’m thinking of all the years that his favorite restaurant was the Cheesecake Factory and all the discussions about whether or not anyone had room left for a slice of cheesecake.  I’ve made so many brownies and chocolate cookies for the press box over the past 2 years that I thought why not try something a little different that I thought he would like.

These mini cheesecakes using store bought cookies are easy to put together and make a simple make ahead dessert.  Who wouldn’t like individual size mint flavored cheesecakes on a dessert tray?  I know I’ll be making another batch at my home over the holidays.

 December is a busy month for everybody as it is for me too but I plan on sharing a few of my favorite holiday recipes over these last few weeks of the year.  Yes, I did say last few weeks of the year-2012 is coming to an end which I never really think about until the day after Christmas.  This time of year, more than ever -I want to enjoy my family and friends.  Especially this week I don’t want to be too crazed by my to-do lists, if it does’t get done that’s okay…I’ll get to it in January 2013.

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Adapted from Cupcakes by Martha Stewart.

Ingredients

  • 42 Hint-O-Mint Newman O's cream-filled mint chocolate cookies, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped, from 2 packages
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint flavor, I used Simply Organic Peppermint Flavor
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Fresh mint leaves for decoration, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  3. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each cup.
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer on medium-high speed beat the cream cheese until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  5. Gradually add the sugar, beat until well combined.
  6. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint flavor.
  7. Slowly drizzle in the eggs, beating as you add them.
  8. Beat in the sour cream and salt.
  9. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the chopped cookies.
  10. Divide the batter evenly between the cups, they should be filled just below the top.
  11. Bake, rotating muffin tins half way, until filling is set, about 22 minutes.
  12. Transfer muffin tins to rack to cool.
  13. Refrigerate in the tins, if possible, for at least 4 hours.
  14. Remove from tins and serve.
  15. Decorate with fresh mint leaves, if you like
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  1. Patty, these look amazing! And the photos are just too pretty for words, I’m a green girl and a polka dot girl so this just suits my fancy to a tee!

  2. Love the mint and chocolate (and cheese!) combo. I’m sure these are 10x better than anything from the Cheesecake Factory!

  3. These cheesecakes are so, so cute! Perfect for the Chocolate Party and I love your polka dot liners :).

  4. I love chocolate and mint, and these are perfect! What a great treat for the pressbox!

  5. Your mint cookies are adorable and sound so tasty, I’ll have to try these plus your cheesecakes sound great as well however, I”m more partial to these little mint oreos.

  6. Patty, these little cheesecakes using the mint chocolate cookie as crust are awesome…they are perfect for the holiday party. So cute!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  7. Patty, I adore cheesecake and I’m so jealous you have mint growing all year long. I have a mint plant but it’s pitiful, probably because I have a black thumb, lol. These are perfect for the chocolate party this month!

  8. Love those cute wrappers. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen mint cream sandwiches, will have to look for those. I have a feeling this month is going to fly by. Hope you had a good trip.
    -Gina-

  9. Bellissimi!
    francesca

  10. what a good mom to make goodies for the your son’s press box co-workers…good way to get those great seats forever even if he quits his job they will remember all those goodies from you :). Minty cheesecakes sound pretty darn good to me at this time of year, I can’t seem to get enough of the mint flavor.

  11. First of all, those are the cutest paper cups for anything minty! The idea of the whole cookie as a base is so great. Wow, these are such a great idea, love them!

  12. These mini cheesecakes look fabulous, Patty. I love the idea of using the whole mint cream sandwiched cookie as the base. Wonderful!

  13. I love mint chocolate cookies…and to put them into a cheesecake sounds amazing! Great idea!

  14. These are so pretty! And I’m sure they taste even better. Cheesecake is one of my favorites year-round and I especially like the mint twist! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great trip!

  15. Do these qualify as cookies? And if so, will you be bringing them to the cookie swap? I certainly hope the answer to both those questions is yes. Looking forward to seeing you soon, Patty! :)

  16. This has all the elements to make me fall off my “diet” wagon! How could you post something so delicious like this??? I feel like crying…because it’s soooooo good!

  17. Patty, These look fabulous!! Simply beautiful…and sound so delicious!! Nice post!

  18. Patty – these are simply little heavenly delights! The fact that you used your home grown mint just added that extra special touch. Sounds like your trip was great. Love the cover photo for the blog!!!

  19. These are my ultimate favorite flavours! Min an chocolate for sure but cheesecake as well – YERRM!

    Love the wrappers you used too

  20. Love your spin on a regular cookies and cream cheesecakes! I bet these are absolutely to die for!

  21. Your mini-cheesecakes are so pretty – I’m sure everyone in the press box loved them! And you have a great attitude about the Christmas season. I always try not to stress, and tell myself that the important things will get done, and I can let go of the rest.

  22. Gorgeous presentation! These look and sound wonderful. It’s nice to use a few store bought ingredients to simplify things because we certainly need short cuts this time of year!

  23. I love the surprise in these mini cheesecake! My mom is a huge mint chocolate fan, and I know she’ll looooooooove this cheesecake. I need to learn to make these so she gets to eat it. :)

  24. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Those wrappers are darling. The color is fantastic:) Mint mini cheesecakes -love this idea:)So much fun to make I think with the kids. Hope you had a nice weekend, Patty.

  25. Patty….I LOVE this recipe! What a way to combine a love for cheesecake, cookies and cream and mint! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!! : )

  26. Wow, these are just so pretty and I bet just as delicious!

  27. I love everything about this post Patty! The combination of flavors and the green theme. Gorgeous!

  28. I love Hershey’s cookies and cream bars and these remind me so much of them…only better because a) they’ve got cheesecake too b) they’re minty c) they’ve got actual cookies in them! What a perfect treat for a holiday party!

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