Guest Blog – Mini-Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites

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!)

Guest Blog - Mini-Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites

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!

Guest Blog - Mini-Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites

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Ingredients

5oz (5 full squares) Bakers semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup of sweetened light condensed milk
1/2 brick of light Philadelphia cream cheese
Nutella
Chocolate covered peanuts, (or your favorite chocolate covered topper.)

Instructions

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.

Enjoy!

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Guest Blog - Mini-Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites

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.

(Just remember to tell your friends to keep them refrigerated until eaten!)
And once you are done drooling over the chocolate-goodness, check out my festive little spoon-licker!
Guest Blog - Mini-Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites
Merry Christmas Terra, and all the Cafe Terra Patrons!

 

Awwww, love love your sweet little ones photos, sooooooo precious!!!  Thank you so much Robyn for bringing such a delicious treat.  I can guarantee that these little bites would be a hit at any holiday gathering!!!

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!

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  • Angie
    Those mini cheesecake treats are fantastic...looking particularly tempting in the gift box. Thanks, Robyn and Terra.
  • kitchenriffs
    Really cute little bites! These look totally delish. Terrific guest post - thanks.
  • Mari’s Cakes
    These bites look wonderful even more in the box! Robyn your beautiful girl is adorable! Happy Holidays :)
  • Tutti Dolci
    What tempting bites, I love anything with hazelnut!
  • Hotly Spiced
    I love the images. So cute and what a gorgeous outfit. I agree that the best gifts are those you've taken time to make and these are perfect and I love the presentation in the gift boxes xx
  • Como Water
    You had me at Nutella! Looks amazing! :D
  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Oh wow, these are the perfect sweet things to make for the holidays and feed a crowd! I don't know how many will make it to the table though!
  • Thespicyrd
    Hi Terra! So sorry to hear about your grandfather passing away. My grandfather passed away when I was little, but over 30 years later I still have wonderful memories of riding in the back of his pick up truck, going out on the motor oat with him and my cousins, and just what a sweet, kind, and funny man he was :-) Love the super easy and delicious treats from your friend Robyn and her little girl is adorable! I hope you have the merriest of Cristmases! xoxo
  • Marnely Rguez-Murray
    Nutella, my love! This looks amazing!
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Terra, these treats look amazing. Oh my, that wee now is adorable. Happy holidays. Pinned.