Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

I know that the blogosphere is jam packed with every imaginable treat this time of year.  Bloggers have never made butter, sugar, and eggs look so damn good.  So I apologize in advance for the gratuitous posting of this Weapon of (M)ass Destruction.  But stick with me.  Because I don’t want you to make Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes right now.  No.  I want you to wait until after the holidays when all the blogs are posting lighter, healthier recipes for the New Year.

Deep in the heart of January or February when you can’t look at another recipe extolling the praises of kale or chard, when it’s too cold for you to venture out and it’s too cold for rational people to come to you, that’s when you pull out this gem.  In those dark days when you’re all alone with the Lifetime Movie Marathon, Mini Chocolate Cheesecake will be your friend.  Your velvety chocolate, light as a dream friend.

You’re welcome.

Mini Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecakes

Adapted from Desserts 4 Today by Abby Dodge

BAH Note: I chose to add some of the optional flavorings to the basic recipe.  If you want to strip it down, omit the orange zest, vanilla, and espresso powder.  According to D4T, this recipe serves six.  I say that what you do with those six servings is between you and your conscience.  Those dark days of winter can be a lonely place. Just in case you want to get a jump start and have some of these stashed away, Abby says that these can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to a month.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 1 egg
  • zest of 1 orange, approximately 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder

Heat your oven to 300 degrees, line a muffin tin with  6 foil baking cups leaving the rest of the tin empty, and spray the liners lightly with cooking spray.

Place the chocolate and espresso powder in a small bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals on low power, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted.  Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, orange zest, and vanilla with an electric hand mixer for approximately 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Add the sugar and melted chocolate and beat on medium low for about a minute or until blended, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Add the egg and mix until just incorporated.  Use a spatula to give the batter one or two final folds to make sure all ingredients are mixed.

Spoon the better into the foil liners and use the back of a spoon to smooth out the tops.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the centers of the cheesecakes barely wobble when you move the pan.  Set the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

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19 Responses to Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

  1. Perhaps we will get another big snowstorm, because that would be the perfect time to pull this out!

    • Wendi says:

      Beth, this would make a great shoveling snack. You’ve seen the weekend forecast? Maybe you should make sure you have the supplies on hand, just in case.

  2. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    I’d like to know who those six people are. People who don’t know how to live or have fun, I think. Freaks with way too much willpower for their own good, I say. I’ve made these. I know.

    • Wendi says:

      Jennifer, you are preaching to the choir. Had I know how sublime these are before I made them for my Very Merry Unbirthday Brunch, I would have doubled the recipe. Because after brunch was over, there were only three left. And that’s not nearly enough.

    • Wendi says:

      You know Brooke, these mini cheesecakes would be fabulous at a baby shower…since you seem to be attending them with regular frequency these days. Just a thought.

  3. Lan says:

    Deep in the heart of January or February…

    good lord i love the dramatical flair this sentence has! oh the drama & heartbreak of these cold winter nights but behold… something to keep us warm: these mini-cheesecakes! is this a straight up guarantee that these will be my friends while i watch foodtv & crochet my fingers off this winter?! 🙂

    • Wendi says:

      Lan, I absolutely guarantee that these mini cupcakes will be a loyal friend to you in the long, dark days of winter. Just be sure you don’t accidentally smear chocolate cheesecake love all over your crocheting.

  4. Jenna says:

    You’re right, the blogging world is buried in about 1 ton of sugar these days. =) Even I (not a huge dessert person) have posted sweet treats for my last 3 recipes. And I will probably be extolling kale very soon, which will remind me to come back to your recipe.

  5. Tracy says:

    Mmm, these look wonderful. Another reason to love Abby’s book! 🙂

  6. liz2024 says:

    MMmm I love miniature desserts! Makes you feel like you have eaten a ton! And fooling myself with desserts is definitely on the plan for January.. (dieting ick!)

  7. Jen W. says:

    I like that you see chocolate as a weapon for the cold, dark winter days. I agree!

  8. These look really amazing. I have never made mini cheesecakes, but I definitely need to give them a try very soon!

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