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Instant Pot Peppermint Cheesecake

peppermint cheesecake on a white plate

Peppermint, Chocolate, and Vanilla come together to create this unique, pretty cheesecake.  The combination of flavors is incredible!

Ingredients

For the Crust

For the Cheesecake Filling

For the Whipped Cream Topping

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 7 inch springform pan by coating it with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter, and peppermint extract.
  3. Press evenly in the bottom of the pan. Place in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl mix cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth.
  5. Blend in yogurt, cornstarch, and vanilla.  
  6. Mix in eggs one at a time just until blended; don’t over mix. (for food processor directions, see notes)
  7. Divide batter into 3 small bowls (about 1 cup of batter in each).  
  8. Melt the semisweet chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir.  Return the chocolate to the microwave for another 15-30 seconds and stir until it is completely melted and smooth.  
  9. Whisk melted chocolate into one of the bowls of cheesecake batter until completely combined then pour into crust. Smooth the top.
  10. Melt 2 ounces of white chocolate in the same manner and whisk into another bowl of cheesecake batter.  
  11. Pour over the chocolate layer, starting at the exterior of the pan then moving towards the center. Smooth the layer with the back of a spoon.
  12. Finally, melt the last 2 ounces of white chocolate as above and whisk into the last bowl of batter.  Add peppermint extract and food coloring and continue to stir until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.
  13. Pour over the white chocolate layer, again pouring from the exterior then towards the middle.  Smooth the top.
  14. Pour 1 cup of water into the pressure cooking pot, and place the trivet in the bottom.
  15. Carefully center the filled pan on a foil sling and lower it into the pressure cooking pot. Fold the foil sling down so that it doesn’t interfere with closing the lid.
  16. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 35 minutes.
  17. When beep sounds, turn off the pressure cooker. Use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid.
  18. Remove cheesecake and check the cheesecake to see if the middle is set. If not, cook the cheesecake an additional 5 minutes. Use the corner of a paper towel to soak up any water on top of the cheesecake.
  19. Remove the springform pan, place on a wire rack to cool. When cheesecake is cooled, refrigerate covered with plastic wrap for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  20. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  21. Top with Vanilla Whipped Cream and garnish with crushed peppermint candies and chocolate curls, if desired.

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

Notes

Keywords: instant pot cheesecake, peppermint dessert, pressure cooker