Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes | Dark chocolate cheesecake with mini chocolate chips, an Oreo crust, and a chocolate ganache spiderweb! Recipe from Bakerita.com

Death By Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes | Dark chocolate cheesecake with mini chocolate chips, an Oreo crust, and a chocolate ganache spiderweb! Recipe from Bakerita.com First of all, how in the world is it already almost time for Halloween?! And second of all, just how much chocolate can one pack into a cupcake-sized cheesecake?

Answer: a lot. This mini cheesecake is purely chocolate, through and through. It has an Oreo cookie crust, a dark chocolate flavored cheesecake stunned with mini chocolate chips, and topped with dark and white chocolate ganache. These babies are smooth, creamy, rich, and super chocolate-y (as you might expect).

Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes | Dark chocolate cheesecake with mini chocolate chips, an Oreo crust, and a chocolate ganache spiderweb! Recipe from Bakerita.com The thick Oreo cookie crust serves as a crunchy base that just better after a night in the fridge as it softens just slightly and melds more with the cheesecake. The cheesecake uses a super dark chocolate (I used 72%) to balance the sweetness of the dessert, and the mini chocolate chips add texture and an even more intense chocolate flavor to the creamy cheesecake filling. And that ganache…while clearly helps make the dessert cute and perfect for Halloween (or anytime!), also adds that final chocolate element to really kick these mini cheesecakes over the delicious edge. That ganache is rich, sweet, and the perfect cheesecake complement to tie it all together.

The spiderweb design on top of the cheesecakes is super cute and perfect for Halloween, while also being remarkably easy to create. For when it’s not Halloween season…you can drizzle the white chocolate ganache in squiggly lines, or decorate however you think looks cute! The point isn’t all about how it looks: no matter what, they’ll taste delicious!

Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes | Dark chocolate cheesecake with mini chocolate chips, an Oreo crust, and a chocolate ganache spiderweb! Recipe from Bakerita.com This recipe makes 12 mini cheesecakes, which is perfect for when you’re having some friends over on Halloween night, or make a batch for your family and keep them in the fridge, where they keep remarkably well for a week or two when tightly wrapped.

Best of all, these are sooo easy as far as far as cheesecakes go, and will solve any chocolate craving you may have! Hope you all have chocolate-filled, spooktacular Halloweens! Death by Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes | Dark chocolate cheesecake with mini chocolate chips, an Oreo crust, and a chocolate ganache spiderweb! Recipe from Bakerita.com

Death By Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • 1 1/4 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (18 Oreos)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (1 block), room temperature
  • 1/2 can (7 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly (I used 72%)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the ganache
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 oz. white chocolate, chopped

Instructions

    For the crust
  1. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, combine Oreo cookie crumbs, granulated sugar and melted butter. Divide mixture evenly among the cupcake liners. Press the crumbs into the liners with your fingers or a spoon. Set aside while you prepare the cheesecake filling.
  2. For the cheesecake
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. In bowl of stand mixer combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, mixing on low speed until smooth. Add in egg, mix until combined. Add vanilla extract and chocolate, mix until smooth and combined.
  4. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin pans, they should be mostly full.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until center is set and doesn't jiggle when you shake the pan.
  6. Cool cheesecake for 30 minutes on a wire rack. While the cheesecake cools, prepare the ganaches.
  7. Place the dark chocolate in a small bowl. Place the white chocolate in a separate bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it's just beginning to simmer. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot heavy cream over the dark chocolate, and the other 1/4 cup over the white chocolate. Let each sit for about 1 minute, and then whisk until smooth.
  8. Spoon about 1 tablespoons of the dark chocolate ganache over the mini cheesecakes and shake until the chocolate covers the entire top of the cheesecake. Repeat for all the cheesecakes.
  9. Place the white chocolate in a small Ziploc bag. Snip the corner of the bag to form a very small hole, and draw a spiral shape with the white chocolate on top of each of the mini cheesecakes. Using a toothpick, draw about 8 lines from the center of each cheesecake out to the edges to form the spiderweb shape.
  10. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving. Keep leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.
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Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey Cookies

Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com
Florentine cookies, lacey cookies, dark chocolate almond cookies…whatever you want to call them, these thin, crunchy, chocolate-filled cookies are absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

One of my housemates, Ally, absolutely adores these Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys from Trader Joe’s. They’re thin, crunchy, taste-like-toffee cookies, sandwiched with rich dark chocolate, and they’re so so good! Of course, after a few weeks of watching her eat them, I decided I needed to recreate them. [Read more...]

Bacon Caramel Brownies | These brownies are swirled with caramel and studded with pieces of brown sugar bacon! Recipe from Bakerita.com

Bacon Caramel Brownies

Bacon Caramel Brownies | These brownies are swirled with caramel and studded with pieces of brown sugar bacon! Recipe from Bakerita.com Soooo…I put bacon in your brownies. But first, I baked them with brown sugar and watched the bacon strips get all caramelized and sweet. Seriously guys, brown sugar baked bacon is NOT a joke. It’s too good, and I recommend making more than you need for the recipe just to snack on. In addition: the only complaint from this recipe was “not enough bacon,” so I bumped up the amount of bacon in the recipe so you all have an even better brownie than I did. Really, is there ever enough bacon?

Some of you may be scoffing at me and shaking your head, wondering why in the world I would be putting bacon into brownies. The better question is why have I not done it sooner?!?! I’m seriously lagging on the bacon-baked good thing, but now I’m totally on board, and I hope you guys are too. If you haven’t tried it – these bacon caramel brownies are the perfect place to start. [Read more...]

Loaded Dark Chocolate Cookies \\ loaded with butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, caramel bits, + dark chocolate chips. Hello, delicious! | from Bakerita.com

Loaded Dark Chocolate Cookies

…with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, caramel bits, and peanut butter chips. When you do it, do it big – am I right?

Loaded Dark Chocolate Cookies \\ loaded with butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, caramel bits, + dark chocolate chips. Hello, delicious! | from Bakerita.com Let’s talk about something weird for a second. Yesterday was my first day of my senior year of college. Essentially, my last first day of school. EVER.

I finished my internship last Friday, and spent the last Labor Day weekend enjoying the last few days of my last ever summer break. It’s bittersweet, and it’s crazy to me that it’s not only been 4 years since I started Bakerita, but I’m also on the verge of graduating college and starting “real life”. Graduation and moving on has always seemed like such a faraway concept. It’s always been the thing that I’ve been able to avoid and explain how I still had 4…3…2 years to think about it. That time has dwindled down to a mere 9 months, and it’s starting to feel a little bit daunting. [Read more...]

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread #glutenfree #grainfree | from Bakerita.com

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Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread #glutenfree #grainfree | from Bakerita.com Sooo this was the first time I’ve ever had zucchini bread, but now I totally get what all the fuss is about. This stuff is delicious! 

Now I wish I was one of those people who had the problem of way too many zucchinis in the summer, because in addition to my spiralized zucchini dinners that I’ve been obsessed with this summer, I now want to make this zucchini bread all. the. time. [Read more...]

Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough & Fudge Swirls | from Bakerita.com

Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough & Fudge Swirls

Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough & Fudge Swirls | from Bakerita.com I couldn’t let summer pass me by without making some ice cream. It’s a staple.

However…since an ice cream maker isn’t something most people have on hand, and it’s something I definitely don’t have living with a bunch of other girls in college, I opted to go the ice cream maker-less route for this ice cream.

The pros: the ice cream is SO easy to make, so few ingredients, and requires ZERO cooking. No sitting with a custard over the stovetop for too long, stirring and waiting, waiting and stirring…this ice cream base recipe requires little to no effort on your part. You simply whip the cream, mix the sweetened condensed milk with some melted chocolate, fold them all together and voila: chocolate ice cream. [Read more...]