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Christmas Tree Cheesecake


  • Author: Vera Z.
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 75
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Eating cheesecake has never been this fun!  Mini cheesecakes in the shape of Christmas tree, overload with candy bars are perfect Christmas party dessert.


Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg- slightly beaten with a fork
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • About 2/3 cup chocolate candy bars chopped in small pieces (I used bite-sized Snickers, Mars, Bounty, Milky Way…)
  • 6 ice cream cones (mine were 5.5 inches tall, 2 inches wide)
  • 6 wooden sticks
  • green candy melts
  • sprinkles, confetti and shredded coconut for decoration

Instructions

  1. Pull out the wire rack from the oven, then preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Beat softened cream cheese until light and creamy.
  3. Add sugar and mix until sugar dissolves and the mixture are creamy and smooth.
  4. Mix in salt, vanilla and corn starch. Add slightly beaten egg and mix just to combine. Mix in sour cream.

How to assemble the cones?

  1. Cut 6 (8 x 5.5 inches) rectangles of parchment paper. Make the cone from parchment paper and place it inside the ice cream cone. Trim the excess of paper, leaving it ¾ inch above the ice cream cone.
  2. Place oven rack on top of baking pan. To secure the cone stand still when stick them in the wire rack for baking, take aluminum baking cups and poke the bottom in the center with a sharp knife. Arrange inverted aluminum cups on the rack.
  3. Make sure that parchment paper completely covers the inside of each cone and that there are no gaps. Then pour 2 teaspoons of plain cheesecake mixture in each cone lined with parchment paper. Now stuck the ice cream cone in the center of aluminum cups and push it gently until it stands still.
  4. Reserve 6 tablespoons of plain cheesecake mixture, and in remaining mixture stir in chopped candies. (see notes *)
  5. Divide cheesecake mixture with chocolate candies between the ice cream cones. Gently push it with the spoon to make sure there are no empty gaps. Top with remaining plain cheesecake mixture. Fill to the top of ice cream cones.
  6. Gently lift the rack and place in the oven. Bake 30-35 minutes until the tops are firm to the touch.
  7. When the cheesecakes are done stuck wooden stick in the center of each cone.
  8. Cool to a room temperature in the cones. Then gently pull out each cheesecake from the ice cream cone. Arrange on a tray ad freeze for a few hours.

How to decorate Christmas trees

  1. When ready for dipping in candy melts, gently peel off the parchment paper.
  2. Line a tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Prepare candy melts according to package directions. Pour in a tall glass.
  4. Dip each cheesecake in candy melts and garnish with sprinkles immediately. Candy melts will set fast because the cheesecakes are frozen so sprinkle it quickly. Place on tray to set.
  5. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for longer storage.

Notes

*You can  layer chopped candies  alternately with  plain cheesecake mixture directly in the cone (like I did in the video). But, that way I get a few empty gaps that doesn’t look too nice and the cheesecake tend to brake at that point, so I had to push it back to stick together. I suggest you to stir chopped candies in cheesecake mixture, then fill he cones.

**You can serve these cheesecakes laid on a tray. I baked fudge brownies in a round cake pan and use them as a base for my Christmas trees. Dust with powdered sugar before to make snowy effect if desired.