Individual Orange and Chocolate Cheesecakes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 45 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: 25 min
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 egg
  • Butter, for greasing
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Directions

Special equipment: mini muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the crushed chocolate wafers and the melted butter. Place a tightly packed teaspoon of the wafer mixture into each mini-muffin cup and press down firmly.

In a food processor combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the sugar, half of the orange zest, and the egg. Blend until smooth. Lightly grease the sides of the mini muffin tin with butter. Fill the cups with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture. Place the mini muffin tin in a baking dish and pour enough hot water in the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the mini muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes. Transfer the mini muffin tin to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use a small knife to gently pop the cheesecakes out of the cups.

Just before serving, combine the remaining orange zest with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Top each individual cheesecake with about 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest mixture and serve.

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  • on November 04, 2012

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    for mommannetti, you don't have to scrape the filling from oreos to use them. just grind them in a food processor and they will be fine for the chocolate base. scraping the filling is way too much work. these were delicious. I too should have doubled the recipe. next time I will.

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  • on June 18, 2012

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    I made these but substituted with fat-free ricotta, fat-free cream cheese, light butter and two egg whites just because I like to eat extra healthy and they were still amazing! Anyone who tried them couldn't tell they were so low fat at all.

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  • on May 23, 2012

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    I made these after watching the episode and they are delicious! I was surprised how you can taste all the flavors together. I wish it didnt take as long as it did to make them but I guess the more you make them the faster it will get and I wish I would have just doubled the recipe at the start to make a dozen to begin with but they are awesome and worth the wait!

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