Grinch Mint Cheesecake
I started with using a Philadelphia Classic Cheesecake Recipe, but made changes to it as I felt needed.
at least 1-1/2 cups crushed Mint Oreos
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
PREHEAT oven to 325°F if using a silver 9-inch springform pan (or to 300°F if using a dark nonstick springform pan). Mix crumbs and butter; press firmly onto bottom of pan. (I finally went up the sides a little too. First time making it this way.)
BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust. (I also add a couple table spoons of flour. I know I read about it somewhere, and have done it since.) Once everything is mixed together, I added lime green food coloring (that is because my was all out of regular green.) After I got the color all mixed in, I added a good amount of crushed Andes Mints, and stirred it one last time.
BAKE 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Loosen cake from side of pan and cool.
TOPPING once the cheesecake had cooled, I added the ganache topping to it. Well, it isn't exactly your normal ganache recipe, but it worked. I wasn't originally planning on putting the chocolate on there, so did not get heavy cream from the store. I instead make a little mix of milk and sour cream. I got that simmering on the stove top, then added in about 5 or 6 Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Squares. I let it set up a little bit to thicken, then poured it over the cheesecake. I then added more crushed Andes Mints to the edge of the cheesecake.
(Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.)
This cheesecake gets its name from its color. When I make mint anything, I usually like to color it just to let people know it is flavored. But since the green was all gone, I went with the next best...lime green. When I was cutting it, and my sister Gina saw it, she thought it looked like the Grinch. Therefore, I came up with Grinch Mint Cheesecake. It seems to suit it well.