Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mini Cheesecake Bites

There are those days. Those days when your child says something like, "Oh yeah and I need a dessert today." Really. Today? I like to think, plan, shop and create something special, unique, just for you! Not just throw something together at the last minute while running out the door. 

Today was one of those days. And I found myself standing in the grocery store aisles thinking, "I can do this last minute. I know I can. What would Sandra Lee do?" Thank you Sandra Lee for reminding everyone that semi-homemade can be special too. 

Here's the Mini-Cheesecake Bites I pulled together in less than 15mins, not including the trip to the store!

Mini Cheesecake Bites Recipe

1 pack of Chocolate graham crackers, crushed and mixed with 
5T melted buttter
2T sugar

Press 1t into each mini cupcake cake liner.

No-Bake Cheesecake Mix combined with 
1 1/2 Cup Milk

Follow directions on package for the the filling. Set the graham crust packet aside for another time. 
Pipe the filling into the mini cupcake liners. Leave room for the topping.

Whip Hershey's White Chocolate Pudding with 
2 C whipping cream till it thickens. 

If you whip it too long it won't look as pretty, but will taste as good! Try not to eat this all straight from the bowl. Use the same piping bag with a star tip to pipe a little swirl on top of the mini cheesecakes.

Finally, drizzle a little of the fudge sauce on top. I used some peppermint ganache I had already made. If you want to add a little peppermint extract to the fudge sauce you can. I used peppermint candy oil. I think they carry it at Michael's.

Let the cheesecake bites set-up in the fridge for an hour. Although I think I had a little less time than that today and it was no problem. The picture a quick shot while running to the car :-) 

Here's what I can do with a little more notice: 

Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Frosting, Peppermint Ganache and Chocolate leaves
Hope you are making some sweet treats for the holiday! Merry Christmas