Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes


Any dieter worth her weight in goldfish crackers knows that one bite of anything equals zero calories. It's not a proven nor scientific fact, it's just one of those things we all know. Just like how we know that wearing black not only makes us appear to be thinner, it actually does make us thinner. And.. and.... let's not forget how putting on exercise clothes then watching Richard Simmons Gag Us With The Oldies from the comfort of our couch is the same as actually doing the exercises right along with him. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, it's a dieter's best friend!

Anyway.... back to a bite being zero calories. These mini cheesecakes are actually two bites. But if my elementary school math still holds true, 2 X 0 = 0. Ahh... Denial, thou still art my BFF (can I call you Dee?)

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Crust:
1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly spray two mini-cheesecake pans (each pan equals 12 mini-cheesecakes so we're going for a total of 24 with this recipe.) Combine above ingredients and press mixture into the wells of each pan. I used a shot glass to press the crust into the wells. Bake in oven for 5 minutes then remove to cool slightly.

Filling:
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
20 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave-safe bowl at 15-second increments, until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa with mixer until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time, and blend until incorporated into batter. Stir in sour cream and vanilla then add the melted chocolate and combine well.

Distribute batter evenly amongst mini-cheesecake wells. Bake until filling is set, 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack, and then refrigerate at least three hours before unmolding.

Garnish with whipped cream and dust lightly with cocoa powder.

6 comments:

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

These look beautiful, nice and chocolatey creamy!

Mags said...

Thanks Rachelle!

Kat said...

A friend of mine made these tonight and shared them with me - I loved them so much I demanded the recipe. Thank you thank you!

Mags said...

Kat, it really tickles me to know that someone has tried a recipe I posted. Thanks for commenting!

Johna said...

thanks to your awesome looking recipe here, I ordered some mini cheesecake pans from Amazon. I never knew those existed!
I cannot wait to make these later on today!!

Mags said...

Johna: You're going to love those pans. And.. these litte cheesecakes freeze really well. I usually have a batch in the freeze and then I can pop out 1 or 2 (or 10) when I need them.