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Mini Mint Chocolate Cheesecakes

 

At this very moment I don’t know if I am more excited about these little delicious bites of heaven OR the fun new pan that I have discovered to make them in!  Eeek!  Too much fun….and the ideas are swirling in this old head!  For now, we will focus on this amazing little recipe of Mini Mint Chocolate Cheesecakes!

Not only were these the perfect little St. Patrick’s Day treat, but they would also be delightful any time of the year!  The yummy mix of chocolate graham cracker crust with minty flavored cheesecake filling topped with chocolate….WOW!   Do I have your mouth watering yet?  (Mine is, I’m thinking I’m going to need to make them again today! 😊)

Mini Mint Chocolate Cheesecakes Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Baking Spray
  • Chocolate Graham Crackers
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Mint Extract
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Andes Mints
  • Chocolate Syrup (or ingredients for homemade chocolate sauce included below)

Mini Cheesecake Pans:

Let’s talk for a minute about that fun little pan I mentioned earlier.  Seriously, this is a game changer for those who love to bake!  Use this link to get your own Mini Cheesecake Pans….I guarantee you that they will quickly become one of your favorite baking items ➡️➡️Click Here to Get Your OWN Mini Cheesecake Pans

Seriously, how fun are these???  Place the discs in the bottom of each pocket before assembling, bake, cool, then pop those discs out for a perfect finish!  No more trying to dig your baked items out and cursing as you crumble one or two along the way!  What’s even better is you can use these for sweet OR savory bite size goodies!

Are These Easy to Make?

Yes, Indeed!  You basically have four steps:

  1. Make the chocolate graham crust.
  2. Blend ingredients for the minty cheesecake filling.
  3. Pop them in the oven to bake.
  4. Once cooled, top them with your favorite toppings!

I would like to take a minute to discuss fear of making cheesecake…and it turning out!  I’ve been involved in many discussions over the years where everyone talks about the “fear” of the springform pan….me included!  While that dreaded springform pan really isn’t as bad as it seems, let me reassure you that this mini cheesecake pan is incredibly easy!

Tips on Making and Forming Crust:

It is very easy and mess-free to use a large zip lock baggie when making the crust.  Place your graham crackers in the bag, seal, then use rolling pin to obtain a crumbly consistency.  *This is a very good job to let the kiddos hep with!

When forming crust in the cheesecake cups, I like to use a pastry tamper.  I got mine from Pampered Chef years ago (another one of my all time favorite tools), but you can also get them at most stores or on Amazon.  A lot of my kitchen gadgets, baking stones, cookware, bakeware and small appliances are from Pampered Chef…they are such good quality!  Check out Rose Berg’s Pampered Chef page for all the latest fun items!

Pastry Tamper      

I also use a pastry brush to help brush the crumbs back into the cups, as you will certainly find you get some crumbs on the top of the cheesecake pan as you are forming your crusts…and you don’t want to be a messy cook! 😉

Topping Ideas:

    • Andes mints (these just look super cute and classy!)
    • Thin mint cookies (who doesn’t have an extra box of Girl Scout cookies in their freezer?)
    • Oreo mint cookies
    • Chocolate syrup
    • Chocolate Sauce …  I have used Lemon Tree Dwelling recipe and love it…Check out this AMAZING homemade chocolate sauce by Lemon Tree Dwelling…yum!
    • Chocolate sprinkles
    • Chocolate chips
    • Cookie crumbles
    • Mint sprigs (oooh…fancy!)
    • Easter is around the corner….try Hershey’s Egg Shaped White Chocolate Baking Chips 
    • (I included the link above to Amazon for easy access, but I find a lot of fun baking products at WalMart…so be sure to check them out!  They usually carry pastel colored baking chips which would be fun!
    • M & M’s (holiday colored or plain)

Basically, the options are endless for how you can top off these mini mint chocolate cheesecakes…just be creative and have fun!

I promise you the WOW factor of this little recipe far outweighs the work you have to put into making them.  I guarantee you that your guests will be coming back for seconds…or maybe even thirds!

Added Bonus:

How often are you looking for a recipe that you can make ahead and pull out when the guests are on their way?  Well, here is that recipe you have been looking for!  Keep these babies in the refrigerator and place on your serving platter.  Top them with your favorite toppings just a bit before your company arrives!  No last minute mess or fuss!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!  Happy Baking!

Mimi

Rum and Coke Mini Desserts

As a child, we had dessert every night after dinner.  Some were simple, like Jell-O with whipped cream while others were more intricate desserts.  I loved when mom made Coca Cola cake with chocolate fudgey icing.  It was so delicious!

However, I don’t remember mom adding those cute little rum bottles on top….hmmmm!?!  Well, it may not be a family dessert, but these rum and Coke mini desserts are definitely one to add to your entertaining menu!

I used a variety of glasses to make the presentation more exciting.  Get creative!  When I presented this fancy dessert, it definitely made a great impression.  Seriously, doesn’t this picture make you want to dig in?  If you answered yes, then hold on….because they aren’t even finished yet!

But first, check out some of these fun serving ideas…

Use some footed dessert bowls like these…

These are so beautiful with the scalloped edges…

Step 1 – Cake Ingredients ~

  • 1 Cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 Cup Cooking Oil
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Baking Directions ~

Preheat oven to 350°.  Prepare a 9″ X 13″ cake pan with cooking spray.

Combine sugar, flour and salt in large mixing bowl and set aside.  In a saucepan, mix Coke, cooking oil, butter and cocoa.  Bring this mixture to a boil.  Pour the Coke mixture over the flour mixture and beat well.  Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla and combine thoroughly.

Pour cake mixture into 9 X 13 pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  (Insert a toothpick to check for doneness)

*** TIP ~

Substitute vinegar and milk for buttermilk if you do not have buttermilk on hand.  Put 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar in measuring cup and then pour 1/2 cup milk on top of it.  Mix and let sit a minute.

*** TIP ~

If you do not want to make the cake from scratch, you can use a chocolate cake mix instead.  Use the following ingredients for this easier method:

  • 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Coke

Mix thoroughly and bake for 25 minutes.  Insert toothpick to check for doneness.

Step 2 – Instructions After Baking ~

Whichever cake method you choose to use, let it cool completely after baking.  Set your desired serving dishes out for easier preparation.  Cut the cake into 1″ cubes and place 4 to 6 cubes into each glass, depending on the size of the serveware you are using.

Step 3 – Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients ~

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese – Softened
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter – Softened
  • 3 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tbsp. Rum
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Pinch Kosher Salt

Step 4 – Cream Cheese Frosting Directions ~

Beat cream cheese, buter and sugar in Kitchen Aid stand mixer or in large bowl with hand mixer until fluffy.  Add cream, rum, vanilla and salt.  Beat until a stiff peak forms.

Step 5 – Layering Frosting on Rum & Coke Mini Desserts ~

Place a heaping tablespoon or two (depending on size of serving dish) of cream cheese rum frosting on top of chocolate squares.  Repeat with another layer of chocolate squares and frosting.  *If you are making these yummy desserts ahead of time, place in refrigerator at this point.

Step 6 – Final Steps ~

Drizzle caramel syrup over top of each dessert and then top with mini bottle (1.7 ounces) of your favorite rum.  Please note, you may not want to use the entire bottle of rum if the glass is a smaller size (like martini glass pictured in this article).  If the rum is too excessive, it will overpower the delicious flavor of all the ingredients.  Therefore, I chose to keep the lid on the mini bottle and let each person add to their desired taste.

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*** NOTE ***

If you want to make you Coca Cola cake “family friendly,” top it with this fudgey icing instead:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 1/3 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a saucepan, cook butter, cocoa and milk until butter melts.  Add in remaining ingredients and beat until thoroughly mixed.  Spread on cake.

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Don’t Forget to Save/Pin this Recipe!!!

I kid you not, this rum and Coke mini dessert recipe is one you want to add to your recipe favorites.  In fact, be sure to pin this on your Pinterest board as well for easy access!

 

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