Crust • Oreos • Salted Butter Filling • Cream Cheese • Granulated Sugar • Vanilla Extract • Eggs • Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses • Milk • Red Food Coloring Whipped Cream • Heavy Cream • Powdered Sugar • Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap peppermint kisses and set aside. Place Oreos in a large food processor or blender.
Crush the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter to the crushed Oreos.
Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round springform pan using a measuring cup with a flat bottom.
Bake for 5-7 minutes, then remove from oven to cool while preparing the filling.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.
Add the eggs, mixing on a medium-low speed until combined.
Set aside 1 cup of batter.
Spread the remaining batter in the prepared crust.
Place 30 of the peppermint kisses in a microwave-safe medium bowl. Pour in the milk and heat at half power for 60-90 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds until fully melted.
Stir the melted kisses into the reserved cheesecake batter along with 1 to 2 drops of red food coloring (if using) for a more intensely pink color.
Drop spoonfuls of the pink peppermint filling onto the cheesecake. Gently swirl with a knife for a marbled effect.
Bake for 45-50 minutes then turn the oven off and open the door slightly to slowly cool the cheesecake for 20-30 minutes. Remove and loosen the cheesecake sides from the pan using a knife. Cool at room temperature, then chill before removing the sides of the pan.
Chop most of the remaining candy cane kisses (you might want to reserve some whole for decorating the top if not using peppermint bark squares). Sprinkle the chopped kisses over the cooled cheesecake.
Combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip and use to pipe swirls around the top of the cheesecake.
Stick squares of peppermint bark between the whipped cream swirls before serving.
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