Saturday, October 26, 2013

Turtle Cheesecake Bites

For the past few weeks, I've been selling pies for a choir fundraiser. And just because I can, I chose one of the pies to recreate and write a recipe for. I decided on the Turtle Cheesecake, which I turned into Turtle Cheesecake Bites.



Turtle Cheesecake Bites
Ingredients
12 Oreo cookies, crushed
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 8-oz package cream cheese
1/2 egg
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
chopped nuts
chocolate chips
caramel sauce

Directions
Line a mini muffin pan with 24 mini muffin liners.

For the crust:
Crush the Oreo cookies and mix with melted butter. Pack approximately 1 tsp at the bottom of each muffin liner. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

For the cheesecake:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Add egg. Do not over-mix.
Spoon the cheesecake batter into each paper liner, 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Allow cheesecake to cool. Meanwhile, make caramel sauce using the recipe below.

For the topping:
Sprinkle chopped nuts over the cheesecake. Fill a plastic bag with caramel sauce and cut the corner off. Pipe the chocolate and caramel sauce over the cheesecake. Top with chocolate chips. Serve.
Enjoy!


The original cheesecake!

Caramel Sauce
Ingredients
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp heavy cream
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions
In a small saucepan, whisk brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring slowly.
Add vanilla extract and continue to simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
Store in refrigerator.


Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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