Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Cookie Cups
These little cookie cups are really quite easy to put together, and they are fancy and decadent and satisfying too. The cheesecake mixture requires no baking and it’s very chocolatey and creamy good. I made the cookie cups Saturday, painted them with chocolate on Sunday morning, then made the filling and stuffed them Sunday afternoon.
It was my friend Briana’s birthday last week. Another work friend planned a birthday lunch for her on Friday. Of course I accepted … I was happy to go along to celebrate her birthday, … but then … our client (who is on the East coast) scheduled a meeting at noon on Friday. It was, in a way, my own fault because I fought for that meeting, but I was sad because that meant I couldn’t go to Briana’s birthday lunch.
I went to break the news to her, but I really wanted to do SOMETHING special for her birthday. I asked her what’s her favorite dessert and told her I would make it for her over the weekend and bring it in on Monday. She said “something chocolate”. She left me so much room to play! Yeah, she knows me well.
We have a fitness program at work, so while I wanted to make something fabulous for her, I also wanted it to be either healthy or at the very least portion controlled. When I found some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge that my daughter had made, I decided to make some little cookie cups … so yeah, I totally skipped the “healthy” and opted for portion control. There weren’t many chocolate chips in this dough, so I decided to paint the insides of the cups with chocolate to give it a little more of a chocolate boost. I did have to try one, you know, just to make sure they tasted okay, and yes, I thought, these will do. I talked to her today after she tasted her birthday gift … before she tasted them, she was going to share with her husband. After she tasted them, she decided she needs to hide them from her husband! Yeah, I think I did good.
I only made 10 of these since I had a limited amount of cookie dough (so she only got 9 because, you know, I had to taste test it!). You’ll have enough filling from this recipe to make 10 – 12 cookie cups. Double or triple the filling recipe if you want more cookie cups.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (we used Mrs. Field's blue ribbon chocolate chip cookie recipe)
- A bit of good-quality chocolate, melted
- 2 oz. good-quality chocolate, melted
- 3 oz. Greek cream cheese (or Neufchatel), softened
- 1/2 teaspoon Kahlua
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Put a little spoonful of cookie dough in each of the muffin spots and shape into a cup with your fingers.
- Bake at 350 F. for about 15 -20 minutes or until they are golden brown. They may have puffed up and filled the cup. If so, use a little mini spoon (like a baby or dessert spoon) or the edge of a butter knife to gently push the cookie back and make a cup in the middle. Let cool.
- Melt a bit of chocolate and "paint" the insides of the cookie cup with chocolate. Let set (or put in the fridge) until the chocolate is set.
- Now, make the filling: In a small bowl, mix together the chocolate, and cream cheese until fully mixed. Stir in the Kahlua and vanilla extract. Put this mixture in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes to an hour. It should get firmer as it sits.
- Spoon a little spoonful of the cheesecake mixture into each cookie cup, pressing down with your hands to fill it and get it to stick to the cup. Sprinkle with toffee bits or chopped nuts, if desired. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until serving time.
You'll have enough filling from this recipe to make 10 - 12 cookie cups. Double or triple the filling recipe if you want more cookie cups.
If you make cookie dough specifically for the cookie cups, I suggest using mini chocolate chips in the dough.
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