Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Squares

We had plans last weekend and I was in charge of bringing a dessert.  I had completely forgot about these until Kirk mentioned making them.  They are SO good.  SO good, in fact, that the couple thought I had picked them up from a bakery!  Ha!  Definitely worth the time making them.

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

FILLING:

2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

COATING:

24 squares (1 oz each) semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons shortening

Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray (I used an 8 inch b/c that’s all I have and it worked just fine too!).  In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter.  Press into prepared pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth.  Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour over crust.

Bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes (with my 8 inch pan it was a little longer than the 40 minutes) or until center is almost set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Refrigerate until chilled ( I didn’t do this part).  Freeze overnight.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Cool slightly.  Lift cheesecake out of pan and cut into 49 squares.  Remove a few pieces at a time for dipping; keep remaining squares refrigerated until ready to dip.

Using a toothpick, completely dip squares in chocolate.  Place on waxed paper lined baking sheets.  Let stand until set and then refrigerate until ready to serve!  I put them on a platter with fresh strawberries and they were a huge hit.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 08:31:15

    Trying this tonight for a cookout 🙂

    Reply

  2. Sandy
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 15:02:32

    Soooooooooooo there’s not really a way of speeding this up 🙂 I made it this morning – threw it into the freezer – was able to cut about half of it…but it is still pretty messy. Tastes great (not that I stole any) but REALLY should have been in the freezer overnight or at least longer.

    Reply

  3. Nicole
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 12:40:14

    Thanks for the tip, Sandy! These look really good.

    Reply

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