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!
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:
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!