Thursday, December 3, 2015

2 for 1 Cheesecakes: Christmas Baking & Tacky Sweaters link up

Welcome! Courtney, Elizabeth, Jamie and I are glad you could join us! I have been anticipating this link up for weeks! Not only do I enjoy baking, but when else would I be able to wear my tacky sweater with pride? So, lets get on with the desserts!

semi homemade cheesecakes
During the holidays I like to s-i-m-p-l-i-f-y; there is too much going on to fully throw myself into a complicated baking project and so I share with you my 2 for 1 semi homemade cheesecakes.

I like the combination of peppermint and chocolate and Brian enjoys nuts and caramel so I used those preferences to guide my baking. I started with store bought pie shells, in this case the classic graham cracker crust and an Oreo cookie crust, because Oreo (am I right, Liz?!)  

For the filling I went with a no bake cheesecake recipe, again, for simplicity:

Cheesecake Filling:
2- 8 oz cream cheese blocks, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBSP lemon juice, optional

Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer until combined.

Before adding the filling to the pie crusts, I wanted to jazz them up a bit more. I crushed some organic candy canes and sprinkled them into the Oreo shell and then topped with more crushed candy cane. For the caramel and pecans or "turtle cheesecake", I spread caramel sauce and chopped pecans onto the bottom of the graham shell and then topped with more sauce and pecans. Sadly, I didn't have enough pecans for the top as I would have liked, but I'm sure it'll taste just as good!
Did you really think you'd get through a post without seeing these two cuties?! Their faces though, haha.

And there you have it! Easy, 2 for 1 semi homemade cheesecakes perfect for your holiday entertaining!



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12 comments:

  1. Of course I totally dropped the ball and forgot to link up. I'll do it VERY soon! THis looks yum. Love cheesecakes!

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  2. Genius to take the recipe and make it into two!! I'm pretty sure that peppermint Oreo pie wouldn't stand a chance around me - YUM!! These may have to make an appearance during our Christmas dinner this year! :)

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  3. Oreo pie crusts are ah-mazing! Also, cheesecake is my favorite, so this is right up my alley! Looks delicious.

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  4. I think cheesecakes are my favorite dessert. I am going to have to try this! Thank you for sharing. And I adore the picture of you three! Pretty gals.

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  5. Cheesecake is probably my favourite dessert! I have never tried making my own but it's much easier than I thought!

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  6. You had me at Oreo pie crust!!!! I was seriously thinking "oh man, Oreo pie crust" and then I read your comment to me! Ha! You know me so well :) Seriously need to make this! I always want to make cheesecake but am so nervous about how hard it would be but this sounds doable!

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  7. Yummy! My mom is the cheesecake baker in the family so I'm just going to pass these along to her and see if she takes the hint ;)

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  8. Um yum!!!! I'm all about the semi-homemade during the hustle and bustle of the season as well! :)

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  9. LOVE this that peppermint looks so good and festive. Your Christmas sweater is pretty fantastic too! Semi-homemade is spot on for the busy holiday season.

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  10. So with the no bake do you have to chill it before cutting it? I've never had any luck with the no bake. The peppermint one is calling my name. Yum!

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