Friday, February 26, 2016

Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Within the last few months my cravings for sweets have dramatically increased... thanks pregnancy!


I have definitely indulged in the dessert category of Pinterest a little more than usual, including this delicious No Bake Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake recipe that I found on the blog "Cravings of a Lunatic." As usual, I made a few modifications based on what we had in our pantry and it definitely hit the sweet cravings spot!

Cherry and Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients for the base:
  • 28 Oreos (crushed into crumbs)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
Ingredients for cherry filling:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 maraschino cherries (chopped)
  • 2 tsp juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Ingredients for chocolate filling:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 tbsp semisweet chocolate (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate (grated)
Optional garnishes:
  • Whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate
  • Maraschino cherry

Directions for the base:
  1. Crush the Oreos and combine with sugar.
  2. Melt the butter and combine with Oreos. 
  3. Set aside.
Directions for cherry topping:
  1. Whip the heavy cream until it is fluffy then set aside.
  2. Mix the cream cheese with the powdered sugar.
  3. Mix the chopped cherries, cherry juice, vanilla extract, and salt into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Fold in the whipped heavy cream until it is combined with the cherry cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Set aside.
Directions for chocolate topping:
  1. Whip the heavy cream until it is fluffy then set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate - be careful to not burn it, melt it until it is smooth. 
  3. Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar. 
  4. Mix in melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt into the cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Fold in whipped heavy cream and grated chocolate until it is combined with the chocolate cream cheese mixture. 
  6. Set aside.
Directions for combining it all together:
  1. Find small cups or glasses to put the mixture in (the number you will need will depend on the size - I made most of mine in small mason jars and made about 6-8). 
  2. Put about 2 tbsp of the Oreo base in the bottom of the cups. Push down evenly against the bottom.
  3. Next put the cherry topping into the cups - fill up so that the cherry filling takes up about 1/3 of the cup. 
  4. Then put the chocolate topping into the cups and once again, fill up so that the chocolate topping takes up about 1/3 of the cup. 
  5. Garnish with whipped cream, grated chocolate, and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!