Are you looking for a non-cookie holiday dessert that is a. single serving and b. festive? Well, have I got a dessert for you. These Hot Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are about to knock your socks off. Not only are they extremely easy to make but they basically taste like whipped hot chocolate with a hint of peppermint. Yeah, I think you will like them. Let's do this.
But if you still aren't sold on the whole something other than Christmas cookies for dessert thing, I have another cookie recipe coming very soon. : )
Hot Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
Makes 24 Mini Cheesecakes
1 12.6 oz box of Oreo No Bake Dessert
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 2/3 cup milk
2 packets hot chocolate mix
2 candy canes
1 pint heavy cream
Start by combining the crust mix and butter in a medium bowl with a fork. Line two muffin pans with muffin liners. Place 3/4 of a tablespoon or so in each muffin liner. Gently press the crust into an even layer.
In a large bowl, combine the filling mix, hot chocolate packets and milk using a hand mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds then turn on high for about 3 minutes. Then pour in the Oreo pieces and gently fold in.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop filling mixture onto each of the crusts. Take a small spatula and evenly distribute the filling in the muffin cup.
Next, unwrap the candy canes and place in a food processor or large plastic bag. Pulverize the candy canes by either using the food processor or your aggression aka a meat tenderizer, hammer or large skillet.
Then, pour the heavy cream into a large bowl. Using the whisk attachment on a hand mixer, beat until thick and fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes or so on high. Scoop into a pastry bag fitted with your favorite tip (I use a large open star tip) or a large zip top bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the whipped cream on each of the muffin cups.
At this point you can either pop them in the refrigerator if you aren't going to serve them right away. When you are ready to serve, sprinkle with candy cane pieces. Don't do that in advance as they melt into the whipped cream. It doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't look as pretty.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz