Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites
Peanut Butter & Co. Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread. Cheesecake. Both of these things are excellent on their own, but when combined…oh, sweet delicious glory. Rich, creamy cheesecake filling is given a warm, chocolate-hazelnut scented hug in this recipe for Mini Cheesecake Bites, which are served atop a graham cracker-chocolate-hazelnut base. Originally inspired by a recipe created by my friend A Farmgirl’s Dabbles, I’ve adapted the recipe to include the rich chocolate-hazelnut spread not only in the filling, but in the base, and (why not) as a topping for these decadent bites. Served with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate on top, these are a truly addictive treat.
- Yield:12 servings
- Prep Time:3 hours 20 minutes (including chilling time)
- Cook Time:45-50 minutes
- Total Time:4 hours 10 minutes
For the base
2 cups finely crushed Graham crackers (about 15)
1/2 stick butter (4 ounces)
For the Chocolatey Cheesecake Layer
16 oz (2 bricks) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread, plus 1/2 cup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
Whipped cream and chocolate shavings, to garnish
Generously grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving little “arms” on either side, to make removal easy later. Grease the top of the parchment.
In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, Peanut Butter & Co. Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread, and salt. Stir until totally combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan, using a spatula to pack it down firmly and evenly.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Prepare the cheesecake layer. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese until very smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes on medium-high speed. You don’t want a single lump.
Add 1 cup of the Peanut Butter & Co. Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread (reserving 1/2 cup for later use in the recipe) and the sugar, and continue creaming until completely smooth, about 3 more minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing briefly after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and salt, and mix to combine.
Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the prepared crust, trying to spread it evenly in the pan.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, rotating the pan at the 20 minute mark, or until the middle of the pan appears “set” and only jiggles a tiny bit when the pan is moved. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature (this can take about 2 hours!).
Once the cheesecake reaches room temperature, transfer to the fridge to cool completely.
Remove from the fridge, and slice into four rows; slice each long row into four portions, so you have 16 squares. Be sure to clean the knife between slices to keep them as neat as possible.
Grab that remaining 1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread. Spoon a small amount on top of each cheesecake bite.
If desired, top with whipped cream and finely chopped chocolate directly before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.