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Festive Cheesecake Bites

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Wow your guests with this unique take on a traditional favourite. Topped with Mars Dark, these festive cheesecake bites offer a distinct grown-up taste.

Ingredients:

    Festive Cheesecake Bites
  • 3 Mars Dark (50 g size)
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted butter
  • 8 oz (250 g) brick-style cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) milk
  • 2 eggs Whipped cream (for garnish)

Directions:

Chill the Mars Dark bars for at least 20 minutes. Slice each Mars Dark bar into 16 slices; reserve in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Line a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners. Toss the crumbs with the butter; divide evenly between the cups. Press lightly into the bottom of the cups to make a crust. Bake for 5 minutes; cool slightly. Divide 24 of the Mars Dark bar slices between the crusts; reserve.

Beat the cream cheese with the sugar and milk until very smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just combined. Spoon an equal portion of the cheese mixture evenly over the crust to fill each cup. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until set.

Cool to room temperature; chill until ready to serve or for up to 3 days. Just before serving, garnish each cheesecake bite with a dollop of whipped cream and a reserved slice of Mars Dark bar.

Serving Size: Makes 24 Cheesecakes


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