DIY Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Squares



METHOD: Freezer
TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + freezing


* 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
* 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
* 1/4 cup butter, melted
* 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup sour cream
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 24 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
* 3 tablespoons shortening



Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil and grease the foil. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans and butter. Press into prepared pan; set aside.


In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust.


Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until chilled. Freeze overnight.


In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Cool slightly. Using foil, lift cheesecake out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into 49 squares. Remove a few pieces at a time for dipping; keep remaining squares refrigerated until ready to dip.


Using a toothpick, completely dip squares, one at a time, in melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; spoon about 1 teaspoon chocolate over each. (Reheat chocolate if needed to finish dipping.) Let stand for 20 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Yield: 49 servings.


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