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Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain

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Teeny Tiny Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Pies

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and while it’s not such a big holiday in our house, I do love to make it special and have a nice meal complete with a ‘lovely’ dessert. These little delectable¬†Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Pies are sooo easy to pop into your mouth, and get a bite of heaven! Oh yum, I just love cheesecake, and no-bake cheesecake is so super simple and quick. I love the no time to set and can eat as soon as you ladle it into your pie shells.

It’s perfect for just a bite to sweeten your night, or have a couple for a more satisfying dessert. I have used real pie crust for my shell. Many cheesecakes use a graham cracker crust, and while that is a great alternative, I have found that cheesecake with a pie crust just has that much more of a special flavor – and an unusual combination. I first discovered a cream pie with pie crust and decided that a no bake cheesecake would also be delicious. And, these are easy to pick up with your fingers too!

 

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First, let’s make our crusts.

I used a premade crust – they are good and they make this dessert go a bit faster. I also bought this awesome set of cookie cutters for less than $3 at Walmart. Both scallop and round cutters – both sides cut. What a great set. You can use a glass or a jar or any round cutter you might have. Also mini muffin tins – I love these with the Teflon coating. No need to spray your pans because with the butter in the crust, they came right out after baking.

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I used a cutter that is about 2.5 inches round.

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Then I placed them on top of the muffin tins. Gently pressing with my finger tips I pushed the crust down into the tin and into the cups.

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They look so pretty with their scalloped edges. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, until they are just browned.

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Next, we’ll fill them. But let’s make the cheesecake first. It’s very much a mousse, if want a thick cheesecake texture, it’s not much like that – more like a light and airy mousse.

You’ll need -

8 oz. block of cream cheese

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 teaspoons dark chocolate cocoa powder

1 tub Cool Whip

Cream your cream cheese.

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Then add your confectioner’s sugar. I don’t like white sugar in this because of it’s crunchy texture. This sugar melts in and just becomes a nice sweetness.

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Add in your vanilla. I love this Madagascar Vanilla, but you use your favorite. The bourbon background is different in flavor than the usual vodka background of traditional extract.

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Now add your cocoa powder. Notice how neat I am with it. If you’re not getting it all over and making a mess, you’re not having a whole bunch of fun!

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Add all the cocoa.

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Mix it in well, making sure you scrape the sides and bottom to incorporate everything.

 

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Now add your Cool Whip.

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Mix well.

To add this to our cheesecake shells,  I use a gallon Ziploc baggie, and snip off the corner. Seal if off, and it works well as a decorating bag. Fill them all the way to the top.

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You can top with canned cherries like I have – I simply bought a can of cherry pie filling and used tongs to press a single cherry on the top of the filling.

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You could use other fruits that pair well with chocolate. When finished, sprinkle a little confectioners sugar over the top. Serve, devour.

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Oh yum!

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Perfection in a mini cup!

Enjoy!

kris



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