And now for decadence. And devilish delights. Just in time for the holiday season. The recipe below says it all. The Oreo adaptation makes it easier to make rather than spreading crushed crumbs mixed with butter and pressed into the cupcake liner.
Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
Adapted from Delish
48 Oreo or Oreo-like cookies
4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
¼ cup cocoa powder
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (I used a 10 ounce package of Aldi brand 60% chips), melted
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle position.
Line muffin tins with cupcake wrappers. (Note: This recipe makes 48 minis, so you may need to do this in multiple batches. I only have 24 muffin-tin openings, so mine took two batches.) Place a cookie in each.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugars, cocoa powder, and salt until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Fold/stir in melted chocolate.
Using a cookie scoop (Batter will be THICK!), scoop scoopfuls out into the muffin cups on top of the cookie. (Very important: This batter does not spread while baking. Use a moistened butter knife to smooth the batter over the cookie.)
Bake until the cheesecakes are only slightly jiggly in the center, fifteen or so minutes (Mine took 15). Cool to room temperature (or until you can feasibly remove the cakes by the cupcake wrappers to a rack). Repeat lining, cookie, batter, and baking, as needed.
Cool to room temperature before chilling in the fridge (until chilled). Note: I remove the cakes from the wrappers and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Store leftovers in bags, wrapped, either in the fridge or freezer.
Note: This recipe also calls for the addition of a shiny ganache layer on top. It would be endorphin/chocolate overkill. Also, the original recipe is calibrated for standard-sized cakes in a springform pan. Ganaching (another technical term) 48 mini cakes might strain my mind a bit too much.
Makes 48 minis.
Note: These are very decadent and chocolatey. I struggle to consume one, but they give a great endorphin high on a really bad/hectic/sad day.
This recipe is Muffin Approved.
What is your favorite chocolatey treat?