A slice of this cake is like Christmas on a plate. It’s so full of Southern holiday cheer and seasonal flavor that we want to break out in Christmas carols, and we cannot get enough of the chocolate and peppermint duo in its creamy cheesecake form. Each year, we count down the days until it’s acceptable to bake holiday treats with our favorite seasonal ingredients—peppermint, pumpkin, and maple to name a few—and indulge in some rich Christmas tradition.

In the South, holiday desserts are nothing to joke about; and we’re confident that this Chocolate-Peppermint Cheesecake will not disappoint your crowd. Crushed chocolate wafers create the perfect crust that houses the creamy, chocolatey filling. And while we make sure to give a peppermint touch in the filling, it’s the peppermint topper made with fresh whipped cream and peppermint extract that gives the finishing burst of flavor. Crumble some crushed peppermints or candy canes on top for a festive presentation worthy of the holiday dessert table. Everyone will be asking about the recipe for this chocolate cheesecake!

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