Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake Bites Recipe

If you’re a fan of bite-sized desserts, you’re in for a treat! These Chocolate Cheesecake Bites are the perfect blend of rich, creamy cheesecake and decadent chocolate. They are ideal for parties, gatherings, or just a special treat for yourself. Let’s dive into this delicious recipe that will surely become a favorite.

Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake Bites Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:
– 16 chocolate wafers, crushed (from a 9 oz. package)
– 1/4 cup butter, melted

Cheesecake:

– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/4 cup sour cream
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Coating:
– 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
– 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. shortening

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare Your Baking Dish
Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish with foil, ensuring the foil extends over the sides to create “handles” for easy removal after baking. Spray the foil with non-stick spray.

Step 2: Make the Crust
Mix the crushed chocolate wafer crumbs with the melted butter. Spread this mixture evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Step 3: Prepare the Cheesecake Filling
In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and continue to beat until well blended. Pour this mixture over the crust in the baking dish.

Step 4: Bake and Cool
Bake the cheesecake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the sides are set. Allow it to cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate for an additional hour.

Step 5: Prepare the Chocolate Coating
In a microwavable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and shortening on medium power (50%) for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15-second intervals until completely smooth.

Step 6: Dip the Cheesecake Bites
Remove the cheesecake from the dish using the foil handles. Cut the cheesecake into 8 rows by 6 rows, creating a total of 48 pieces. Work in batches, keeping half of the cheesecake pieces in the refrigerator. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Using a fork, dip each bite into the melted chocolate to coat. Allow excess chocolate to drip off before placing on waxed paper.

Step 7: Add Final Touches
Once all pieces are coated in chocolate, use any remaining melted chocolate to drizzle over the tops for an extra touch of elegance. Pour the melted chocolate into a zip lock bag, snip a tiny hole in one corner, and pipe it over the tops of the cheesecake bites.

Enjoy!

These Chocolate Cheesecake Bites are ready to be enjoyed! Store them covered in the refrigerator.

Tips and Notes

– **Themed Parties:** Add food coloring to the cream cheese filling for themed parties (think red and green for Christmas or pink and blue for a gender reveal party).
– **Extra Chocolate:** Any leftover melted chocolate can be used on fresh strawberries, ice cream, and many other treats.
– **Reheating Chocolate:** If the chocolate begins to cool and thicken while dipping, simply microwave it on high for 10 to 15 seconds to soften it again.

Nutrition Information

– **Calories:** 90kcal
– **Carbohydrates:** 7g
– **Protein:** 1g
– **Fat:** 7g
– **Saturated Fat:** 4g
– **Polyunsaturated Fat:** 0.5g
– **Monounsaturated Fat:** 2g
– **Trans Fat:** 0.1g
– **Cholesterol:** 12mg
– **Sodium:** 37mg
– **Potassium:** 56mg
– **Fiber:** 1g
– **Sugar:** 5g
– **Vitamin A:** 109IU
– **Vitamin C:** 0.01mg
– **Calcium:** 12mg
– **Iron:** 1mg

These little bites of heaven are sure to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth. Happy baking!

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