Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake Bites are a decadent and irresistible dessert that combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate and the tartness of raspberries. These bite-sized treats are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a dinner party or a simple indulgence for yourself. The creamy cheesecake filling is perfectly complemented by the sweet raspberry sauce and the crunchy chocolate crust. This recipe is easy to make and will surely impress your guests. So, let’s get started!
- 1 cup of chocolate cookie crumbs
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of water
Step 1: Prepare the Chocolate Crust
In a bowl, combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter. Mix well until the crumbs are evenly coated with butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased mini muffin tin, creating a crust for each cheesecake bite. Place the tin in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
Step 2: Make the Cheesecake Filling
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, pour in the melted dark chocolate and mix until fully incorporated.
Step 3: Assemble the Cheesecake Bites
Remove the muffin tin from the refrigerator and spoon the cheesecake filling into each crust, filling them almost to the top. Smooth the tops with a spatula. Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) for about 15-18 minutes or until the cheesecake is set. Remove from the oven and let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 4: Prepare the Raspberry Sauce
In a small saucepan, combine the fresh raspberries, sugar, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the raspberries break down and the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy
Once the cheesecake bites have cooled, remove them from the muffin tin and place them on a serving platter. Drizzle the raspberry sauce over the top or serve it on the side as a dipping sauce. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired. These Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake Bites are best enjoyed chilled, so refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Now, sit back, relax, and indulge in these heavenly bites of dark chocolate and raspberry goodness. Your taste buds will thank you!