Note: the pictures on this post don’t do the dessert justice- at all! Please trust me on this one- this recipe is delicious, easy to make and even impressive.
I’ve mentioned before that I occasionally get cooking or baking ideas into my head and can’t get them out- until I find out how good they might be. Yesterday’s Eureka moment came while I was at work. (Yes, on a Sunday. No, I am not insane, nor a workaholic. Ok…maybe a tad of both.) It wasn’t until later at night that I was able to get into the kitchen to start tinkering.
That’s when the first disaster struck. Ok, it was (thankfully) the only disaster, but it was pretty bad. The lid to my food processor was missing. Yes, the very same machine that won’t turn on without a lid. Panic set in as I searched my kitchen, my pantry and my mind, trying to come up with the AWOL lid. Nada. That’s when I resorted to plan B.
Yes, that is just what you think it is. A rolling pin and roughly (excuse the pun!) 2 cups of Oreo cookie crumbs. In a not-totally-unrelated note, this is an excellent recipe to try next time you are very, very angry. Try it, thank me later.
Back to my cheesecakes. So the crust was prepped, and the filling had to be made. Here’s where things get interesting. I was making this non-dairy. You have to realize that I am unforgiving in the substitution department. One bad attempt and I give up on said substitution. I had been hesitant to try Toffuti cream cheese for a while, but finally decided to give it a shot. If chocolate can’t make it good, nothing can.
I was so nervous as these came out of the oven. My father, also known as my toughest critic, was hanging around, waiting for a taste. The smell was divine, but these little fella’s had to prove themselves in the taste department. Finally they came out of the oven, and my critics couldn’t be more positive. “Can I have more?” “This recipe is a real winner!” and my personal favorite, “Are you sure these aren’t dairy?”
Important note: If you want to make these dairy- awesome! Use real cream cheese, real butter…and send me a slice!
Mocha Cheesecake with a Chocolate Crumb Crust:
Batter Recipe adapted from Hershey’s Incredibly Easy Desserts
2 cups oreo crumbs
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine or butter
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese (Tofutti works great here!)
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup cocoa powder
4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in
2 tsp boiling water
Preheat oven to 350.
Crust: Melt butter and combine with Oreo crumbs. Press into pan of your choice (see below) and place in freezer while you prepare batter.
Batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. And cocoa powder, flour and coffee (dissolved in water) into mixture and stir to combine. Pour over prepared crust and prepare according to directions below, depending on the size of the pan you use.
9″ round pan: Press crumbs on bottom and up the sides of the pan. Pour cheesecake batter over it and bake about 45 minutes, or until just set. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving. (Makes one. You may have some leftover crumbs and batter- if so make some smaller ones; see below.)
4″ mini pie pans: Follow same instructions as below. Bake about 30 minutes or until just set. Will make approximately 4-6 mini pies.
Mini muffin pans: Line a mini muffin pan with paper lines. Place a small amount (about half a tsp) of the crust mixture on bottom of liner. Press down to make sure it’s even. Pour about 1-1 1/2 tsp of batter on top of each one. Bake 14-17 minutes. Note: this will make a LOT of mini cheesecakes. While this is great for a party, it will take quite some time. I suggest halving the recipe or making a larger one and some small ones.
Note: These would probably look a whole lot better with a chocolate drizzle or glaze of some sort, but I am serving these in a week and a half, and I think they will freeze better without a topping. Be imaginative!
Can you see the chocolatey deliciousness of the cheesecake meld together with the decadent chocolate of the crumb crust? You want this. Told you so.