Recipe | "Black Forest Mini-Cheescakes" by Sue Ready

Cook's notes: When a small bite will do. Basically it’s three incredible desserts in one, chocolate, cheesecake and pie. Doesn’t get much better than that, right? Enjoy!

Recipe makes 1 dozen and be sure to use quality chocolate for this recipe e.g. Ghirardelli Chocolate 60% cacao. You will need 12 foil cupcake liners. I used a jarred variety of cherry fruit filling rather than canned.

Cookie Ingredients:
  • 15-18 Oreo cookies
  • 3-4 TB. melted butter
Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (1-1/2 pkg.) softened
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chips, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup each heavy cream and sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Optional but highly suggested 1 TB. Kirsch (cherry brandy), fruit brandy or apple juice
Topping Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 TB. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract 
  • 1 jarred cherry pie topping
Cookie Crust and Cheesecake Filling Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  • Use a food processor to finely grind cookies. Stir in butter to mix. Line a standard size muffin tin with foil liners. Divide cookie crumbs among 12 liners, about a heaping tablespoon. Pat down crust and bake 4 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl stir together sugar, cocoa powder and salt. 
  • In a mixing bowl add softened cream cheese, sugar/cocoa mixture, melted chocolate, heavy cream and sour cream. Beat until combined. Add in eggs one at a time, vanilla and Kirsch if using. 
  • Tap bowl on counter a few times to release any air bubbles. 
  • Divide batter among foil liners (they will be full almost to the top). Tap pan a couple of times to make sure there are no air bubbles.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until the centers jiggle just slightly.
  • Cool for an hour and refrigerate. 
Topping Directions:
  • In a chilled bowl with chilled beaters, beat cream, powdered sugar and extract. 
  • Add cherry fruit filling and topping just before serving.

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