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!

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

  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! :)

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

  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.

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

  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!

  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 ;)

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

  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.

  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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