The last few days are a blur. Now that I am back home from my quick trip to Michigan, it is time for me to get settled back in to the normal routine. Check out the treat we have for you! My sweet virtual friend Robyn is always making beautiful treats for her family. So I asked her if she would stop by and share one of her treats with my CafeTerraBlog readers.
I love how delicious, creative, and perfect this chocolatey treat is during the holiday season! Take it away Robyn!!!! (P.S. That sweet little girl of hers is beyond precious, and just makes me smile!)
Christmas is a time for giving… And the best gifts, I believe, are gifts of your time, your care, your talents. Cue my lovely virtual-friend Terra dropping me a note to ask if I would contribute a tasty treat in a guest post, precisely when I love to gift tasty treats for Christmas! Of course I had to say yes… baking and do-gooding in the holiday season? Sign me up!
These delectable little morsels are cute, easy (though they take a little bit of time) and are oh so rich. They also look fabulous in a little gift box!
Melt the chocolate in either a double boiler, in the microwave, or straight in a small pot if you have a really good low simmer on your gas range (as I did).
In mini cupcake liners, use a small spoon (I used my toddlers baby spoon!) to drop chocolate into the bottom of the cupcake liners and start to spread it up the sides. I do this to all liners and then repeat again 3 times til there is a thick chocolate coating on all sides. Ensure there are no holes/sparse areas! Then put the liners in the freezer for about an hour, or if you live in the freezing North like I do, just put them outside.
In a bowl, whip the cream cheese and condensed milk til light and fluffy. Refrigerate.
Once the chocolate cups are totally frozen, hold the center and bottom between your thumb and forefinger, peel down one side of the liner, peel around the whole cup, and finally off the bottom. Try to work gently, but quickly. I usually work over 5, then put back in the freezer for a few minutes, and continue. Just to be sure they are hard. Once all peeled, return to fridge again for a few minutes. The hard part is over!
Take out the cups and drop a lil spoon of Nutella in the base, and cover with cheesecake mix, and smooth out the mixture. Repeat for all cups, and then refrigerate again for an hour.
Drop whatever topping you decide on the tops, and voila! A very simple yet fancy looking treat for your special someone – or just for yourself!! And, if you have children you will have no problem with finding spoon lickers to help with the clean-up.
For my next two posts I will be sharing a few recipes from my Mom. My Mom loves making cookies and giving them as gifts during the holidays. I personally just love eating the many varieties of cookies!