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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes with Oreo Cookie Crusts


Delicious.
These mini chocolate cheesecakes are very easy to make, super yummy, and a great idea to serve at a party rather than cookies or cake.  You can make them in muffin tins, rather than needing to go out and buy a "mini cheesecake pan."  That's what I did.  The Oreo crust adds a nice crunch, and the creaminess of the melted chocolate and cream cheese is not too sweet.  I served them at a party and everyone loved them; I had lots of requests for the recipe.  I topped mine with Hershey's "Hugs" because I liked how the black and white stripes looked, but feel free to top them with anything you like (or nothing at all).  It would be nice to use peppermint Kisses for the Christmas holidays, perhaps.  Anyway, I hope you try them and like them as much as I do.

Ingredients:

Ingredients.
24 whole Oreo cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 ounces of cream cheese, softened (two packages)
4 ounces of dark semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs
24 Hugs candies (optional)

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  
2.  Lightly spray two muffin tins and set aside.
3.  In a food processor, grind the Oreo cookies to crumbs.  

Ready to be ground.
Crumbs.
4.  Melt the butter and combine with the Oreo crumbs.

In goes the butter.
All "butterfied."
5.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of cookie crumbs into each muffin well.  Press the crumbs down.

All ready.
6.  Melt the chocolate slowly, over low heat, stirring often.  Be careful because chocolate can burn easily.

It's melting.  (Yum.)
7.  While the chocolate is melting, put the cream cheese in a large bowl and whip.

Whipped.
8.  Once chocolate is melted, add it to the cream cheese.

Ready to pour.
9.  Whip the chocolate and cream cheese until fully mixed.

Mixed.
10.  Add the eggs and whip again.

Eggs.
11.  Add the sugar and whip again.  Make sure the sugar is fully blended so the mixture isn't grainy.  If you have it, using fine baker's sugar may help (but it isn't necessary).

Sugar.
Mixture is complete.
12.  Spoon the mixture over the top of each crust.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheesecakes are set.  (When you juggle the pan, the cheesecake should not move).

Ready for the oven.
Cheesecakes have set.
13.  Cool to room temperature.  Remove from the muffin tins and refrigerate.  When ready to serve, top with Hugs candy (if you like).  Makes 24 mini cheesecakes.  Enjoy!

Side View.
So cute.
What a delicious platter.
Recipe inspired by Lauren's Latest.