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Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bites

A chocolate coating covers rich, creamy pieces of cheesecake.

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  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48
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Ingredients

Crust

16
thin chocolate wafer cookies (from 9-oz package), crushed (1 cup)
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup sour cream
1/4
cup sugar
1
egg
1/4
teaspoon almond extract

Coating

2 1/3
cups semisweet chocolate chips
3
tablespoons shortening
2
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
1
teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 300°F. Cut 14x12-inch sheet of heavy-duty foil; line 8-inch square pan with foil so foil extends over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press in bottom of pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and almond extract, scraping bowl if necessary. Pour over crust.
  • 3 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until edges are set (center will be soft but will set when cool). Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour. Meanwhile, cover 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper.
  • 4 Remove cheesecake from pan by lifting foil. Cut into 8 rows by 6 rows, making 48 oblong cheesecake bites. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on Medium (50%) 3 minutes. Stir; microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
  • 5 Work with half of bites at a time (24 bites); refrigerate other half until needed. Place 1 bite on fork and dip fork into chocolate to coat. Lift fork from chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drain off. Place on 1 waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with second half of bites and second waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • 6 In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating and oil uncovered on High 1 minute. Stir; microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Spoon into small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; cut tiny hole in corner of bag. Pipe melted coating over dipped bites. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cheesecake Bite
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
40mg
40%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tips  

Expert Tips

Use any leftover chocolate to make a decadent fudge sauce. Just stir about 1/4 cup of half-and-half into the melted chocolate.

If the chocolate coating cools and starts to get thick, microwave it on High for 10 to 15 seconds to soften it.

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