Friday, September 10, 2010

MINI NUTELLA MARS OR OREO CHEESECAKES

 Wow! I had somehow forgotten how much I like cheesecake until I made these. Not only do they taste amazing, they are so cute! Mini desserts are dangerous for me because somehow I end up eating several because my thinking is, "These are so little; one more won't hurt." So, make sure there are plenty of people around to help eat these so they're not staring at you for breakfast in the morning!


MINI NUTELLA MARS CHEESECAKES  
(adapted from Picky Palate)


(Printable Recipe)

CRUST:
1 Cup ground Vanilla Wafers



2 Tablespoons granulated sugar


2 Tablespoons butter, melted


1/8 teaspoon salt




FILLING:
8 oz softened cream cheese


1/4 Nutella


1/2 Cup sugar


1 egg


2 Tablespoons heavy cream or Half and Half


1/8 teaspoon salt


4 Fun Size Mars Bars, chopped

TOPPING:
1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips


2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream or half & half


2 Fun Size Mars, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cookie crumbs, sugar, butter and salt into a bowl; mix to combine. Spray mini cheesecake pan or mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon 1 scant Tbsp. of cookie mixture into bottoms of pan and press with back side of Tablespoon. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.


2. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, beat cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Beat sugar, egg, cream and salt until well combined. Slowly stir in chopped Mars. Evenly spoon batter into each baked crust. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Let cool for 2 hours, then remove from pan using butter knife to loosen, if needed.


3. Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth. Stir in cream until smooth and glossy. If needed, return back to microwave for 15 seconds or so until smooth. Spoon over tops of cakes then top with a slice of Mars.

MINI OREO CHEESECAKES

1.  Prepare crust as above, substituting Oreo cookies for Nilla Wafers.
2.  Prepare filling as directed above, omitting Nutella and increasing cream cheese to 12 oz. and substitute crushed Oreos for chopped Mars.
3.  Prepare topping as directed, substituting crushed Oreos for sliced Mars.

1 comment:

Shari said...

Dang this looks SO good! Dirk and I LOVE cheesecake, so we just may have to try this!