18 December 2011

Chocolate Cheesecake Christmas Bars

While I was searching online for some new Christmas cookie recipes I stumbled upon this recipe. I had surprisingly had most of the ingredients on hand, so I bookmarked and made it. Now of course, being in Mexico, I cant find all of the same ingredients...like Candy Canes (dont ask). My husband sneaks them constantly from the fridge, so they must be great!

1.  Mix together 1 Tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground coffee beans. Preheat oven to 350 °F

2. Blend in a food processor 20 chocolate wafer cookies. 

3. Mix in with the wafers, sugar and coffee grinds, then add 3 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Keep blending.

4. Place the contents in the processor into a lightly greased baking dish, make sure to press firmly, this will be the crust. Bake for 15mins....mean while we will make the filling:

5. To start the filling, you'll need 8oz of semi-sweet chocolate...

6. ...finely chopped :) Melt in micro-safe dish for about 2 mins until started to melt, stir, and microwave again about another 2 mins!

7. Measure out 2/3 cup of sugar.

8. (yes, I used the same spoon as the chocolate to scoop out the last of the sour cream :P) In a large bowl, add in sugar, 8oz cream cheese, and 1/2 cup sour cream...Nobody said this was a healthy cookie!

9. Mix the melted chocolate with the sugar-cream mixture. (now is when it starts smelling reaaaally good!)

10. Add in 2 large eggs and mix until smooth.

11. Pour the filling over the crust (which should be baked by now), place in oven and bake 25mins. The middle should giggle still but the side will be fluffed and baked.

12. For this glaze you need 4oz bittersweet chocolate (which I had to improvise..), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter,  1 teaspoon light or dark corn syrup, and 2 tablespoon sour cream. Mix together until creamy and smooth.

13. Pour glaze over the cake while its still warm.

14. Once it has started to cool and the glaze is firm, sprinkle over the top candy canes (or in my case, Tic Tacs dyed red and some left white, anything mint flavored will work here!).

15. Here you can see the 3 layers. I think the humidity made mine a little melty looking, but oh well. I found it was easier to cut them into squares by trimming two of the sides and then using a spatchula to scoop it out onto wax paper (this was actually my husbands idea...oh isnt he so smart!)

♥ Merry Christmas! ♥

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