Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Traci Coleman

By
@TraciB70

Also known in my house as "OMG"!!!

These are soooo tasty! They take some time and effort, though, so you should only do these if you have a little bit of time on your hands.

Very much worth it!

NOTE: If you don't want to dip them in chocolate, still melt the chocolate, using less of it, and drizzle across the top of the cut squares. :)

From a baking collection cookbook, Baking and More, with some very minor modifications.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
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Serves:
36 squares
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
35 Min

Ingredients

CRUST

1 3/4 c
oreos, finely crushed (i used my blender) - about 14 cookies (or 1 sleeve of a large package) equals this measure
1/4 c
butter, melted

FILLING

20
caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp
milk
1/3 c
finely chopped pecans
1
8 oz pakage cream cheese, softened
1/3 c
sugar
1
egg
1/2 tsp
vanilla
1/2 c
sour cream

COATING

1 c
real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c
real milk chocolate chips
1/4 c
shortening

Step-By-Step

1Heat oven to 350. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with double thickness of aluminum foil, extending foil over the edges. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray.
2Combine crust ingredients in small bowl. Press evenly onto bottom of prepared pan.
3Combine caramels and milk in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over crust in pan, leaving a little space so as not to touch the pan with the caramel (I found where it touches the pan, the caramel seems to get a little harder than I like). Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate while preparing cream cheese mixture.
4Combine cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating just until combined. Stir in sour cream. Pour over caramel mixture.
5Bake for 35 - 40 lminutes or until just set (edges will come away from pan). Cool on wire cooling rack for about 1 hour. Loosely cover; refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
6After refrigeration, use foil to lift cheesecake out of pan using foil ends. Cut into 36 squares.
7Place wax paper over a cookie sheet. Combine chocolate chips and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute; stir. Heat for additional 30 seconds, stirring; repeat until mostly melted and chocolate is smooth.
8Use fork to dip each square into the coating (I found a two fork method worked best), covering cheesecake bite completely. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into bowl. Place onto wax paper.
9Let chocolate set up, about 20 minutes. (I placed the cookie sheet in the fridge to help this process along).
10Store in refrigerator.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate