Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Ever notice how versatile cheesecake it? You can have a plain cheesecake, cheesecake with fruit, cheesecake with chocolate, coffee-infused cheesecake…Basically, cheesecake is so forgiving that you can pair it with just about anything sweet and you’ll come out with something amazing.

Take the recipe below. There’s chocolate incorporated throughout–from the cookies in the crust to the chocolate in the filling to the chocolate on the top, this is truly the cheesecake for the person who never turns down chocolate. And don’t worry if you don’t have a spring form pan (see note below); you’ll still be able to make this with whatever pan you do have.

What You’ll Need
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  • 4 cinnamon graham crackers
  • 8 sandwich cookies, filling removed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, melted

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  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup flour

Topping

  • ½ cup milk chocolate, crush (I used a chocolate Easter bunny!)
  • ½ to 1 cup caramel sauce

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Ideally, cheesecake should be cooked in a spring form pan. But if yours is leaking, or you just want to try something different, there’s nothing stopping you from using a regular ol’ pie pan or a tart pan. The one I used has a glass bottom and removable silicon sides. This produced a thinner cheesecake (see pictures below) and cook time wasn’t as long, but this recipe is written as if you’ll have a spring form pan. If you use anything other than a spring form, don’t sweat it–you’ll just have leftover filling.

How You Do It

Crust

  1. Using a food processor, combine graham crackers, sandwich cookies, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pulse until texture is crumb-like. Mixture will hold its shape when pressed. If not, add another tablespoon of butter.20180422_092850
  2. Press crust into pan.20180422_093459

 

Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut up semi-sweet chocolate into desired chunks and sprinkle over crust. I left larger chunks, but the size is up to use. The smaller the chunks, the more likely they are to melt into the crust, creating a fudge texture, so it’s completely up to you.20180422_095937(1)
  3. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. When combined, add in milk.
  4. Adding one at a time, beat in eggs until combined.20180422_101337.jpg
  5. Add sour cream and flour into the filling. When fully combined, spoon filling over prepared crust. If there are a few lumps in the batter, that’s okay. *Remember, if you’re using a pie pan instead of a spring form pan, you’re going to have some extra filling. If you’d like, save it and make another cheesecake!20180422_101925
  6. Bake for 65-75 minutes (about 45 if not using a spring form). Remove from oven and let cool for at least 1 hour at room temp. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours afterwards. Note: if there are cracks, don’t worry–that’ll be covered up later.

 

Topping

  1. After cheesecake has cooled, remove the rim of the pan.
  2. Begin to decorate. The pattern is up to you, but I created a cross-cross pattern using caramel sauce. Make sure the sauce is warm enough to easily spread/ drizzle over the cheesecake. If not, put it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.20180422_154251
  3. Break the milk chocolate into desired chunks and sprinkle around the rim.20180422_154327.jpg
  4. When you’re done, cut into it, and enjoy!

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Can we talk about the crust for a moment? Look how gorgeous!

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So much chocolate; I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

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Truly a cheesecake you won’t want to share.

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That’s all for today, but what do you think? Are you big on chocolate cheesecakes, or are you more of a strawberry cheesecake person? If you give this a try, let me know how it goes. Until next time,

♥Danielle

Mix it Up: Prefer dark chocolate? I bet it would be amazing, especially it you use a sea salt caramel sauce.

Brown Sugar Orange Triangles & Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s so hard to believe that it’s already April–and Spring! I don’t know about you, but I was getting tired of snow…and snow…and more snow. Don’t get me wrong, it gave me the perfect excuse to stay in and bake, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sunshine and not need to ear snow boots everywhere you go.

April also means that I’ve had this blog for just over two months–can you believe it? In case you missed anything from last month, this post is perfect for you!


In Case You Missed It

Brown Sugar Orange Triangles
12 triangles | 2 hours
Dense. Sweet. Delightful.

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These make the perfect breakfast treat. The icing is made with cream cheese, and there’s orange juice woven throughout the entire recipe. Serve them with some coffee or tea!

Peanut Butter Cookies
Approximately 24 cookies |45 minutes
Classic. Simple. Rich.

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Fair warning: these are only for the biggest peanut butter lovers. They so rich and flavorful, that you just have to have a glass of milk with them. Plus, it’s pretty much impossible to eat only one. Trust me; I tried.

Hungry for More?

The next recipe doesn’t come out for almost two weeks, but if you still want more, check out my Instagram, daniellesmixingbowl. Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Danielle

Peanut Butter Cookies

Who knew peanut butter cookies were so easy to make?

I admit, this wasn’t the original recipe I’d planned on for this week, but, after a snow day/ work from home day a few days ago and a strong desire to bake something that wouldn’t take up a lot of time, these were so easy to put together that I couldn’t resist. Plus, there was no way I was going to brave the storm just to buy a bunch of ingredients.

A quick note: you can mix all of this by hand–no stand or hand mixer required. You’re certainly welcome to use a mixer, but, because there is very little flour and because you can throw these together in less than 10 minutes, it’s definitely not a requirement. Completely up to you!

What You Need

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  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 teaspoons flour*
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • ½ cup white sugar to roll cookies in

*Want to make these gluten free? Scroll all the way down to the bottom to learn how!

How You Do It

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine brown and white sugar. Because the brown sugar was lightly packed, it might clump together. Make sure the sugars are evenly mixed.Use Brown and White Sugar
  3. Add in the peanut butter.Use Peanut Butter AddedUse peanut butter mixed
  4. Mix in the vanilla and egg.Use with egg
  5. Add in the flour. By this point, the dough should be able to hold shape. It’s going to be slightly greasy due to the peanut butter, but if it’s too wet, add in some more flour.use-fully-combined.jpg
  6. Roll the peanut butter into tablespoon-sized balls. Roll into sugar and then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Do not press down or flatten out.use-covered-in-sugar.jpg
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. While cookies are in the oven, unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses to get them ready.
  8. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, lightly press the chocolate into the center of each cookie. Note: don’t wait to do this step. If you do, the cookies might crack too much. Let set on the cookie sheet for 1 minute then move to a cooling rack.

And that’s it! Who knew creating something so delicious could be so easy?

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I hope you have a glass of milk or tea or coffee ready because these suckers are rich.use-above-shot.jpg

So when you’re bored, want to bake, and don’t want to spend all day doing it, give these a try. Until next time,

♥Danielle

Mix it up: Want to make yours gluten free? If you’re using a gluten free peanut butter, simply omit the flour. Because there is so little in the original recipe, it won’t drastically alter the texture.