COMBINE first 3 ingredients ; firmly press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan
Chill BEAT cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy
Add condensed milk, peppermint candy, and food coloring; beat well
FOLD in whipped cream
Pour into prepared pan
COVER and freeze until firm
GARNISH if desired
YIELD one 9-inch cheesecake
I do not remember where I got this recipe, but it has been a part of our Christmas tradition tor over 20 years.
Each family member requests one dish for our big meal. Someone always asks for the Peppermint Cheesecake.
. It is relatively easy and oh so delicious!!