No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

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Confections can be a treat all year round, whether they are for yourself to enjoy on a weeknight or to save for an event. Confection recipes can take so many forms, too, from truffle chocolates to candies like brittle or fudge. This no-bake chocolate cheesecake cups recipe is very easy to prepare with just two components, the chocolate coating and the cream cheese filling, which makes them an accessible dish for any occasion. If you aren’t an expert candy maker, you won’t have to worry when preparing this chocolate recipe, since there is no candy thermometer involved, just melted chocolate. Chocolate-coated confections, like butter toffee, will require toffee being cooked to a particular temperature, but this chocolate cup recipe won’t. This chocolate candy will involve some melted chocolate enshrouding a homemade cream cheese base. Once these are assembled and set, they will be ready to serve.

These cream cheese cups are a take on peanut butter cups, which include peanut butter in the middles rather than cream cheese. The cream cheese filling is a no bake cheesecake recipe, which will set in the refrigerator along with the chocolate. The filling doesn’t involve any eggs to set the cheesecake layer, which means these desserts are safe to eat without any heat applied to them. In the case of this chocolate recipe, feel free to vary the filling is you like, for a flavored cream cheese filling. Consider creating a chocolate cream cheese filling by mixing some melted chocolate into the cheese mixture. Alternatively, you could mix the cream cheese with some lemon zest and chopped nuts and maraschino cherries for a take on the classic Italian cannoli recipes. Whatever you choose, once you get started making chocolates, the possibilities will be endless.

These are fancy but easy desserts because they are small cup shapes and have a sprinkling of coarse sea salt on top. You could use whatever salt variety you like, but you will want to choose a variety that has the most chance of showing up against the chocolate. Kelly, the author of ‘Just a Taste’ recipe blog, instructs to use a large flake sea salt, which stands up against the chocolate very well. Flaked sea salt has a brinier taste than another salt, too, which makes it a good salt choice to stand up against the complex taste of dark chocolate. Flaked sea salt is also one of the fastest dissolving salts which means it will melt along with the chocolate and cream when you take a bite of these fun desserts.

If you are looking to gift a box of confections to family or friends, this no bake chocolate recipe is a delicious choice, because cream cheese, and in particular, the pairing of salt and chocolate, are very in vogue. If you aren’t sure if someone enjoys salt with their chocolate, however, you could consider dusting with some sanding sugar or sprinkles for a pretty garnish. This chocolate recipe would also benefit from the addition of chopped pistachios on top, which add crunch, color, and taste. Thank you to Kelly, at Just a Taste recipe blog, for sharing her no-bake chocolate cheesecake cups recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups from Just A Taste
Ingredients: Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest, dark chocolate chips, vegetable oil, sea salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 118, Calories from Fat 65, Total Fat 7.2g 11%, Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%, Cholesterol 9mg 3%, Sodium 184mg 8%, Potassium 72mg 2%, Carbohydrates 11.6g 4%, Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%, Sugars 10.1g, Protein 1.7g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 4%, Iron 3%

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