Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

These are the best cheesecakes....ever. Super easy and low in fat. Perfect. I won't tell you how many me and my hubby ate while watching a movie over the weekend :) Just looking at these pictures makes me want to bake them again! Too good to only have one!

9 reduced fat Oreo cookies
2 packages (8 ounces each) PLUS 3 more ounces low fat cream cheese, softened (trust me..... you won't be able to tell. Seriously)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup egg beaters
fat free cool whip
1/4 cup chocolate chips
fat free half and half

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line 18 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Split oreos in half. Place 1 cookie half, frosting side up, in each cup.
2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar and the cocoa until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Beat in egg beaters, a 1/4 cup at a time, until well blended. Divide evenly among cups (cups will be almost full).
3. Bake cheesecakes 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are firm. Cool 15 minutes (cheesecake centers will sink while cooling). Refrigerate in muffin cups at least 1 hour; cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour longer before serving.
4. When they are cooled and ready to eat make the chocolate sauce. I always make the same thing. Chocolate ganache. It is easy with 2 ingredients and yummy! Melt 1/4 chocolate chips in a small sauce pan over low heat on the stove. Next add a couple tablespoons at a time of the fat free half and half. It is TOTALLY up to you how thick or thin you want your sauce. So just add as much liquid until desired consistency. Then, drizzle over cheese cakes, top with cool whip, a bit of Oreo, and dig in. This dessert will change you life..... YUM!

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