Leprechauns and Cheesecake

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted about food, but have no fear– Grasshopper Cheesecake is here to save the day!

No shamrocks here {not for lack of trying!} – we opted for a less traditional and new dessert for St. Patrick’s day this year. I told you I wanted to try something new this month, well friends, this was my first ever cheesecake! What better way to embark on new baking adventures than with a friend?!

After an entire evening of scouring the internet, we settled on trying our hand at a cheesecake, a green one at that. We got up early on a Saturday to ensure that we left some time for shopping and started baking over our coffee mugs.

Cheesecake is one of those things that has always scared me to attempt. I’ve heard so many horror stories that I just shied away from them. I’d say that this one turned out pretty darn awesome! The limited amount of ingredients shocked me – it certainly would require insane technique too– WRONG! If I can make one, so can you.

Start with a spring pan {essential for any cheesecake}, some Grasshopper cookies {or any mint chocolate cookie}, butter, baking chocolate, cream cheese, sugar and eggs.

Follow this recipe and you’re golden!

crust and oven

Jill is a much better crust maker than I, so she did the honors. Our chocolate marbling looked pretty awesome, but sank into the cake and settled on the crust by the time all was said and done. It may not have looked as cool, but it still tasted amazing! We checked on the cake about 45 minutes into the baking to make sure we weren’t going to need to adjust bake time.

THEcake

Here is our finished product! The recipe calls for fresh sweet cream, but we just used a can of Redi-Whip to save time. {note: it will melt so don’t put it on until you are ready to eat!}

us and cheesecakeI consider my first cheesecake a success and it was so fun to make with my sweet friend! The boys enjoyed it for dessert as well, so I’d say that’s a win. We rounded out our weekend with Sunday brunch {green “wish they were Shamrock” pancakes and omelets} and a trip to Ikea. A wonderfully lovely weekend and fun way to celebrate a day of green.

Happy baking friends!

xoxo- Jenn

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