Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's almost been a week since my last post! Somehow I've managed to get a bit off track. I blame it on the holiday and the fact that I've been a bit under the weather. Today I'm writing this from the comfort of my bed. I refuse to get out of it any sooner than I have to... which means I've got about another hour or so before I have to drag myself out and get ready for work. Sigh. Anyway, as you can probably tell, I'm slightly obsessed with my mini cheesecake pan. Admitting it is the first step, right? I would use it on a weekly basis if I could! So when Stephen asked me to make him a chocolate raspberry cheesecake, I knew exactly what to do. I scaled down a full-size cheesecake recipe and added a few extra ingredients. They became moist little bites of creamy goodness with beautiful swirls of raspberry sauce in them. Oh, and since I didn't want to be wasteful, I sunk a whole raspberry into the center of each- a nice little surprise!

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes
Ingredients
1 package (8 oz) Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
2 tsp. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla bean paste
12 raspberries, rinsed and dried

For the raspberry swirl:
1/4 c. water
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. raspberries

For the crust:
14 Oreo cookie halves (or 7 cookies with the filling removed)
1½ tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. sugar
Pinch of salt

For the chocolate whipped cream:
1 c. heavy cream
4 tsp. confectioners sugar
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Chocolate shavings for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan with baking spray. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a food processor, grind all ingredients for crust, except for the melted butter. The mixture should resemble slightly coarse crumbs. Remove mixture and pour melted butter over. Mix until crumbs are wet. Press into the bottom of each hole. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.
3. To prepare the raspberry swirl, combine all ingredients in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Reduce raspberries until they form a thick syrup. Remove and pour through a mesh sieve. Discard any seeds. Set the sauce aside.
4. To prepare the filling, beat together cream cheese, sugar and cocoa until smooth. Add vanilla, heavy cream and egg. Mix until just combined.
5. Pour filling over each crust, dividing evenly. Add a dollop of raspberry sauce to each and swirl using a toothpick. Place a raspberry in the center of each, making sure it is covered by the batter. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing cheesecakes (yes your cheesecakes will sink a little, this is normal).
6. Remove cheesecakes from pan using the bottom of a wooden spoon. Using a butter knife, remove metal bottoms and place cheesecakes in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
7. While cheesecakes are cooling, prepare whipped cream by fitting a chilled mixing bowl into your stand mixer. Add heavy cream, sugar, salt, and cocoa. Using the whisk attachment beat on high for 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks begin to form. Return to refrigerator until cheesecakes are ready to be served.
8. To assemble top with a swirl of whipped cream and a pinch of chocolate shavings. Enjoy!
Adapted from Driscolls Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake | Makes 12 mini cheesecakes using the Chicago Metallic Mini Cheesecake Pan

14 Comments:

  1. i want to eat these right now. one of my best friends loves the choco/raspberry combo so i'll have to make these for her sometime soon!
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  2. Oh man I most definitely have to invest in a cheesecake pan now!

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  3. these look so elegant...do you think they would work in a cupcake tin?

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    1. Of course! I would double the recipe and add about 5-8 minutes to the baking time of the filling. I'd love to know how they turn out! Enjoy!

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    2. thank you !! I am so going to try these...

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  4. Hello! I just found your blog and wow, your stuff looks delicious! These mini cheesecakes are super cute!

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  5. looks fantastic! i want to pick it out of my computer screen. :)) what camera did you use? absolutely scrumptious. :D

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  6. What a fun surprise to find a whole raspberry in the center! These are gorgeous looking!!!

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  7. Yummm yummmm....delicious....

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  8. I tried your cheesecake recipe this past weekend and they turned out wonderfully - everyone loved them! That only thing I changed was that I didn't put cocoa in the cheese mixture, so that way I got the nice raspberry swirls showing. Also, for some reason, my chocolate whipped cream didn't turn out as dark and rich-looking as yours even after adding extra cocoa. Other than that, these were definitely delicious and I will be making these again. Thanks!

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