Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce



I'm a huge fan of mini desserts for holidays, after a large meal I think the smaller looking dessert looks more appealing (and you can always go back for seconds and thirds). These can be made a day or two ahead of time, just top with the caramel sauce later!

Merry Christmas, enjoy spending the day with your friends and family.



2015 Christmas Recipes:
Oreo Cookie Crust
-18 whole Oreos
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling
-16 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-Salted Caramel Sauce


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two 12-count cupcake pans with 18 liners.

For the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole oreos into a fine crumb. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a medium sized bowl. Press 1 heaping Tablespoon of mixture into the bottom of each liner. You should have enough for 16-18 cups. Bake in batches for 5 minutes and allow to cool slightly.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the sugar and yogurt and beat until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, folding in after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into the crusts until nearly full. Bake each pan for 20-25 minutes. The centers will still be slightly jiggly, that's OK. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least two hours to allow the cheesecakes to set.

Right before serving, top each cheesecake with salted caramel and additional chocolate chips.



  
These turned out great! I even took the leftover mini cheesecakes to work after I prepared them and they were a hit with my coworkers. I used the holiday chocolate chips, because I thought it looked more festive, but you can use whatever kind you'd like, even mini. This was simple to prepare and turned out beautifully, a wonderful end to the holiday meal. Merry Christmas! 

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