Turtle Cheesecake Bites

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Yield: 24 to 28 bites
  • Prep Time:  40 minutes
  • Bake Time: 10 to 12 minutes
  • Cool Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Pe can Crust
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Fisher® Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter OR margarine melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate divided
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup prepared salted caramel ice cream topping
  • 24 to 28 Fisher® Pe can Halves

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 24 to 28 mini muffin wells (1-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper liners.
  • Combine cracker crumbs with finely chopped pecans in a small bowl. Stir in sugar and butter until well blended. OR place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until evenly distributed.
  • Press an equal amount of crust mixture (about 1 teaspoon) into the bottom of each lined mini muffin well. Set aside.
  • Melt 3 ounces chocolate in microwave or small saucepan over low heat; set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese with mixer until fluffy. Add corn syrup, cream, egg and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add melted chocolate; beat until blended. Spoon mixture evenly over the crusts, using about 1 level tablespoon each.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are puffed. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Note: Cheesecake bites can be made a day ahead to this point.
  • Just before serving spread a small amount (about 1 teaspoon) of caramel topping over each small cheesecake. Place a pecan half in center. Melt remaining 1 ounce of chocolate; drizzle over top. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.
  • Recipe Tip: Recipe can easily be doubled. When baked and cooled, cheesecake bites can be frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in refrigerator. Before serving, top each with caramel topping, a pecan half and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

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Turtle Cheesecake Bites

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Yield: 24 to 28 bites
  • Prep Time:  40 minutes
  • Bake Time: 10 to 12 minutes
  • Cool Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • Graham Cracker Pe can Crust
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Fisher® Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter OR margarine melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate divided
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup prepared salted caramel ice cream topping
  • 24 to 28 Fisher® Pe can Halves

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 24 to 28 mini muffin wells (1-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper liners.
  • Combine cracker crumbs with finely chopped pecans in a small bowl. Stir in sugar and butter until well blended. OR place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until evenly distributed.
  • Press an equal amount of crust mixture (about 1 teaspoon) into the bottom of each lined mini muffin well. Set aside.
  • Melt 3 ounces chocolate in microwave or small saucepan over low heat; set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese with mixer until fluffy. Add corn syrup, cream, egg and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add melted chocolate; beat until blended. Spoon mixture evenly over the crusts, using about 1 level tablespoon each.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are puffed. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Note: Cheesecake bites can be made a day ahead to this point.
  • Just before serving spread a small amount (about 1 teaspoon) of caramel topping over each small cheesecake. Place a pecan half in center. Melt remaining 1 ounce of chocolate; drizzle over top. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.
  • Recipe Tip: Recipe can easily be doubled. When baked and cooled, cheesecake bites can be frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in refrigerator. Before serving, top each with caramel topping, a pecan half and a drizzle of melted chocolate.