Mini Kahlua Cheesecake
If you love cheesecake, and love Kahlua, then this rich and delicious Kahlua Cheesecake needs to be added to your “must make soon” list!
Every summer for the past 10 years or so my family has enjoyed a fun Saturday night at our friend’s big annual Luau party. For the past several years I’ve had the fun job of making dessert for all of the party guests… all 100 or so! When the party invitations go out, the guests are asked to bring a dish to share, but no dessert… that’s my job! =) I usually make 3-4 different items, and I like to make a few different things each year. In past years I’ve made Pina Colada Cupcakes, Coconut Snowballs, Cupcakes with pretty fondant flowers, and lots of different decorated cookies including Floral Luau Cookies, Grass Skirt Cookies, and Hibiscus Flower Cookies.
This year, one of the new recipes I added to the dessert menu was this delicious recipe for Kahlua Cheesecake. I used my Mini Cheesecake Pan to make 12 perfect little cheesecakes. Making cheesecakes in a mini cheesecake pan is a little bit of extra work initially, but they look extra nice in a dessert display and make a perfect small serving.
Feel free to double the listed recipe to make one large (9″) cheesecake, but since I have not done that with this recipe yet, I’m not sure of the baking time.
Mini Kahlua Cheesecakes
This rich and delicious Kahlua Cheesecake recipe makes 12 mini (2") cheesecakes.
11 Chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
2 Tablespoons Challenge butter
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
12 oz. (1 and 1/2 package) cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
Prepare the cheesecake pan by rubbing the inside of each cheesecake well with a lightly oiled paper towel.
Preheat oven to 350*F.
Make the crust-
Melt the butter in a small bowl. Place the oreo cookies in a large ziplock type bag, and crush using a rolling pin. Place crushed cookie crumbs in a medium sized bowl and combine with melted butter. Add about 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each of the 12 mini cheesecake wells. Pack down the crumbs using a shot glass or glass spice bottle. Bake crust for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
Make the filling-
Melt chocolate in a small bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar and continue to blend until fully incorporated. Add egg and vanilla, and continue to beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add melted chocolate, and blend. While blending, add Kahlua. Beat an additional 30 seconds or so.
Reduce the oven temperature to 250*F.
Open a large ziplock bag and place it in a large glass, pulling the sides of the bag down over the glass. Add the cheesecake filling to the bag, then close the bag. Snip off one corner of the bag, and fill each well of the cheesecake pan a bit more than 3/4 full with filling. If there is a bit of extra filling, you can bake it in a small ramekin for a little "tester"
Place cheesecake pan in the 250*F oven and bake cheesecakes until the filling is set, 22-25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then place entire pan in the refrigerator about 4 hours before removing cheesecakes from the pan.
Once cool, carefully remove the cheesecakes from the pan (pressing up on the removable bottom of each well). Keep the cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream, a chocolate covered espresso bean and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder.
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
The cheesecakes may be made up to 2 days in advance, and kept (in a closed container) in the fridge.