January 3, 2011

Cheesecake Bites

I was tasked with dessert for New Year's Eve. I considered making a cheesecake but all the recipes called for a springform pan which I don't have and wasn't going to purchase. Instead I made Cheesecake Bites and they were a hit! See recipe below....

BLACK AND WHITE CHEESECAKE BITES

1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. butter
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

TO PREPARE CRUST:

In medium saucepan over low heat melt chocolate chips and butter. Stirring until smooth. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Remove 1/4 cup of this mixture for later use. Press remaining mixture evenly in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

TO PREPARE FILLING:

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in condensed milk, then egg and vanilla. Pour over the prepared crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crust. Bake until set, about 25 - 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Cool in refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours or longer. Makes 24 squares.

Source: Cooks.com

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