Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Easily serve these chocolate caramel cheesecake bites at the buffet by placing individual pieces in 2-inch foil baking cups.

60 min.prep time 7:55total time
36 bites
13513 Ratings

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/4 cups finely crushed chocolate cookie crumbs*
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

Filling

20 caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream

Coating

1 (12-ounce) package (2 cups) real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shortening

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with double thickness of aluminum foil, extending foil over ends of pan. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray.

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

Combine caramels and half & half in bowl. Microwave 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over crust in pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate while preparing cream cheese mixture.

Combine cream cheese and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating just until combined. Stir in sour cream. Pour over caramel mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until just set 2 inches from edge of pan. Cool on cooling rack 2 hours. Loosely cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Lift cheesecake from pan using foil ends. Cut into 36 squares.

Place cooling rack over large piece of waxed paper on counter.

Combine chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes or until smooth. Pierce each cheesecake square with fork. Spoon chocolate over top and sides of each cheesecake square, letting excess chocolate drip back into pan. Place onto cooling rack. Let stand about 20 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store refrigerated.


*Substitute finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs.

Recipe Tip

A gentle touch is the key to beating cheesecake batter. Beat just until the ingredients are combined. Overbeating incorporates too much air which causes cheesecakes to rise during baking, then fall and crack during cooling.

Nutrition Facts (1 bite)

Calories: 150

Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 70mg

Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #12705©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is a great recipe for any party. I've made them twice now. They FLEW off the cake plate. I ended up using a different recipe for the crust, Mock Chocolate Cookie Crust . I used the whole crust recipe in an 8x8 pan. It was way to thick, but tasted good. I called them Turtle cheesecake bars.
This time I have divided the crust into 2 pans. I also covered the pans with tinfoil after 20 min. Last week when I made this the top turned brown. You really don't want that look for cheesecake. I ran out of time for dipping, but the chocolate drizzle was pretty & fast.
Delicious!
This recipe is so good and easy! It takes way too long to cover each square with chocolate though. I just drizzle the chocolate on top. It's much easier and still delicious!
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Delicious and oh-so-easy to make! I imagine they are a little rough on the waistline, but they taste so amazing that it is worth it! I gave these out as a Christmas gift last month, and they were a major hit! I can go on and on about how heavenly the taste is, but I won't! Just make them and see for yourself! :-)
Seriously messy, but so worth it! Instead of piercing the cheesecake piece, just hold it on a fork, and spoon the chocolate over it. Also, I used 12 Oreos for the crust.( It was enough crumbs.)YUMMM!
okay so i just made these and they are wonderful. I had trouble with the cheesecake part crumbling after I spooned the chocolate on it and then getting the fork or toothpick out. Even after I put them in the freezer to firm up and i also had them in the refridgerator all night. Did anyone else have that problem? So I ended up putting the squares in a dish and drizzling chocolate on them. They are still wonderful and I will definately make them again. Oh and I also doubled the caramel layer!
These are small bits of heaven in your mouth! I fell upon this recipe during a search to find something to take to a cookout - these were all gone within a hour of putting them out amongst a full table of desserts. If you are doing likewise, be warned - take what you want BEFORE putting them out because you'll never have a chance. I made more the next day for me & my hubby to slowly enjoy. Definitely a recipe I will be keeping for (frequent) future use (and, as another reviewer noted, very, VERY messy but worth it)...
I made this for a party wine & beer and it was truly a hit. Everyone had great compliments & everyone wanted more.
I won first place in my work's annual bake-off! I even doubled the recipe and they were all gone within minutes! I used Chocolate Creme cookies for the crust, and left some with just a little chocolate drizzled on top for those who aren't huge chocolate lovers. Will definitely make again!
I have lost count how many times I have made this recipe!! I did a "dessert bar" for our wedding and they were a huge hit!! Another GREAT recipe from L.O.L.!!
I have made this plenty of times, with great reviews! I've made variations using cherries, mint, or nut. They are always a huge hit. Who doesn't like the idea of bit sized cheesecake? :)
It can get a bit messy, but sooo worth it!!

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