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Andes Mint Mini Cheesecakes

Mini Cheesecake Philadelphia

4.8 from 5 reviews

These delectable Andes Mini Cheescakes are party worthy, freezer friendly, and absolutely adorable. Enjoy these chocolate graham cracker crust mint filled cheesecakes topped with chocolate and Andes Mint candies.

Ingredients

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  • Nonstick baking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) boxes of cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 15 Andes mints coarsely chopped.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray mini cheesecake pan with non stick baking spray.
  2. Combine graham crackers, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Divide in the mini cheesecake pan evenly. Press down gently with a spoon.
  3. In a stand mixer blend cream cheese and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg, mint extract and food coloring: mix just until incorporated on low. Spoon cream cheese mixture over the chocolate graham crackers; dividing evenly.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon and allow the cheesecakes to cool down slowly for only about 5-10 minutes then remove from the oven.
  5. Remove from oven and chill for several hours or overnight before removing from pan.
  6. Melt chocolate chips in microwave according to manufacturers instructions. Top each mini cheesecake with a heaping tablespoon of chocolate and a few pieces of Andes mints.

Notes

  • Plan ahead and soften your cream cheese to room temperature. It will be much easier to beat it and get all of the lumps out.
  • Warm your egg to room temperature.
  • For best results use full fat cream cheese.
  • Do not over-mix the cream cheese mixture after adding the egg as this can cause too much air in the cheesecake.
  • Do not open the oven door while they are baking as fluctuations in temperature can cause cracks.
  • After baking for 25 minutes turn off the oven, prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon and allow the cheesecakes to cool down slowly.
  • You can buy whole chocolate graham crackers and crush them in a food processor. It will take about 8-9 graham crackers depending how fine you crush them.
  • These cheesecakes need to be stored in the refrigerator.  They freeze well when double wrapped in freezer bags and stored in a sturdy freezer container for up to 2 months.  Remember to defrost in the fridge and not on the counter.

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