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Friday, October 8, 2010

Raspberry Chocolate Cream Cheese Bites

I recently made some raspberry sauce and wanted to make some sort of dessert.  Well these are delish but very rich.  One small square was enough for me.  Kind of like fudge, it's so yummy but yet sooooooooooo RICH in texture and flavor.

I adapted this recipe from Land o Lakes site
Printable Recipe


1 1/4 cups finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
1/4 cup butter, melted


1 pkg of Reisen candy, unwrapped (see picture)
1/2 bar hersey chocolate with caramel (see picture)
2 tablespoons half and half
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream


4 squares Ghirardelli  chocolate melted     
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with double thickness of aluminum foil, extending foil over ends of pan. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray. Combine all crust ingredients in small bowl. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

Combine caramels and half & half in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over crust in pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate while preparing cream cheese mixture.

Combine cream cheese and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating just until combined. Stir in sour cream. Pour over caramel mixture.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until just set 2 inches from edge of pan. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Loosely cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours. Lift cheesecake from pan using foil ends. Cut into 36 squares.

Place cooling rack over large piece of waxed paper on counter.  Pierce each cheesecake square with fork or toothpick. Spoon raspberry sauce over top then drizzle chocolate over top and sides of each cheesecake square, letting excess chocolate drip back into pan. Place onto cooling rack. Let stand about 20 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store refrigerated. 

Trust me these will satisfy a sweet tooth or chocolate craving.  They take a little work but are well worth the effort.

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