Peppermint Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

I have been wanting to make this cheesecake FOREVER! Seriously. I think since the day I saw it posted on Smitten Kitchen back in 2007. In the summer of 2009, I put it on my Top Ten List, but it still sat on my to-bake list.

I kept telling myself I needed just the right occasion to make this over the top cheesecake. I decided to put it on my 30-while-30 List so that I’d stop making excuses and just make this recipe already.

So when Hubby and I decided to have a few people over for a holiday party, I instantly thought of this cheesecake. I decided to make it seasonal by adding peppermint and crushed candy canes to the cheesecake, ganache, and on top of the ganache.

Chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite holiday combinations. Well I love it year round, but at the holidays, it’s just another excuse to make something choco-minty.

This cheesecake takes a bit of time due to the number of components, but it’s definitely worth the effort! I made my brownies in advance. After cutting them, I froze them for a few days prior to baking the cheesecake. Then I covered the cheesecake and threw it in the fridge for 2 days. I added the ganache the day before the party and put it back in the fridge.

The only changes I made to the recipes below was to swap out vanilla and replace it with peppermint extract. I also stirred in 3/4 cup crushed candy canes into the cheesecake batter. And I crushed more to put on top of the ganache for garnish.

One Year Ago: Caramel Corn
Two Years Ago: Eggplant Parmesan
Three Years Ago: Peppermint Chocolate Cookies and Snickerdoodles

I am submitting this for December’s What’s Baking, hosted by Nicole of Seven Ate Nine. This month’s theme was to celebrate National Brownie Month!

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Peppermint Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

Cheesecake baked with brownie chunks right in the batter! Topped with peppermint ganache and crushed candy canes. You can leave the peppermint out if you're not in the mood for mint.

Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:

For the One Bowl Brownies
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour

For the Chocolate Crumb Crust
3 cups or 10 ounces finely ground cookies such as chocolate wafers or Chocolate Teddy Grahams
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt

For the Peppermint Cheesecake
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup sugar
2 cups brownie cubes (from recipe above)
3/4 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies

For the Peppermint Ganache Glaze
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken up, or 1/2 cup chocolate morsels
2 ounces butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 Tbsp powdered sugar
6 candy canes, crushed

Directions:

For the One Bowl Brownies
Preheat oven to 350. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool in pan on wire rack. Remove brownies from pan, using foil handles.

Cut brownies once cooled.

For the Chocolate Crumb Crust
Stir together crust ingredients and press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of a buttered 9-inch springform pan. Fill right away or chill up to 2 hours.

For the Peppermint Cheesecake
Make crumb crust as directed above for 9-inch cheesecake. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make filling and bake cake: Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy and add eggs, 1 at a time, then peppermint extract and sugar, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated and scraping down bowl between additions.

Fold brownie cubes in very gently and pour mixture into prepared pan. Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust and bake in baking pan (to catch drips) in middle of oven 45 minutes, or until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still slightly wobbly when pan is gently shaken.

When completely cool, top with following glaze.

For the Peppermint Ganache Glaze
Grind the chocolate into powder in the food processor, scald the butter and cream in a saucepan (or in a Pyrex cup in the microwave). With the machine running, pour the hot cream/butter mixture slowly through the feed tube onto the chocolate. Blend until completely smooth, stopping machine to scrape down sides once or twice. Add the extract and sugar and process until smooth.

Spread over cheesecake while ganache is still warm. Sprinkle crushed candy canes around edges of ganache for garnish.

Chill until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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26 Responses to “Homemade Three Musketeer Candy Bars”

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    How To Be Perfect — October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This recipe looks fantastic, I would love to try it, any idea what I could use as a substitute for the frozen whipped topping? I think such a thing would be hard to find here, can I make it? x

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    KV — October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    wow that looks simple, and 3 muskateers are the “healthier” candy bar, right? hehe

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Um, why is this recipe so easy? This could be deadly in my kitchen!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    These are SUCH a good idea!! Seriously, I’m super impressed! 🙂

    Sues

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Who knew you could make 3 Musketeers?! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Megan — October 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! They look just like the real deal, and that recipe sounds way too easy. So dangerous!!

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    becksterslaboratory — October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness…these look amazing! Nicely done : )

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    Evan B — October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Homemade candy makes my feel not as guilty when I’m devouring a whole bunch 🙂

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Seriously, you’re an amazing baker!! I would never think to make these at home. They look fantastic!

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    Carly — October 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I was afraid to read through the whole recipe in fear I’d run straight to the kitchen. they look amazing

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    THis is my boyfriend’s favorite candy bar… I have to make these! 🙂

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    Boston Food Diary — October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    These sound amazing Jen! Super simple- yet incredibly indulgent and definitely would satisfy a sweet tooth…or two…

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    Carolyn — October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow – I had no idea these could be homemade! They look delicious!

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    naomi {@bakersroyale} — October 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I must make this! It’s one of mine and my husband’s favorite candy bar! YOurs look so great. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Kim Kelly — October 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

    This is my 2nd favorite candy. Now if only you could make butterfingers!! Love these, nicely done!!

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    Jennifer — October 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I LOVE how easy this recipe is! *saving*

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This candy gave me awesome mom status for quite a while. : )

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

    You are so talented! I wouldn’t have the patience to dip each of those little bites 🙂

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I could not be trusted around these treats. They look too good to have just one, two or three….

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    Kristi — November 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I just made these homemade 3 Musketeers. My family said they tasted like the real thing, only a little richer. Mine were definitely not as pretty, they are so ugly 🙂

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    Jen — November 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Oh yea Kristi, mine weren’t very pretty. The only pretty ones I could find are in the picture!

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! You MADE those? So impressed.

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    Dee — July 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Made these with my grandson and they were great! My husband now won’t eat a store bought musketeers bar.

    • beantownbaker — July 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Isn’t that the good and bad thing about making stuff like this at home? Then you’ll never go back to store bought again!

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    Kaytee — August 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Could you tell me how many cups is in a 8oz tub of whipped topping??

    • beantownbaker — August 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 am

      From Kraft’s website, an 8 oz. tub of cool whip yields 3 cups.

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