Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes

Made with:

HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1000 ct. (Item# 61125)

YIELD
30 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST
8 oz. (2 cups) graham cracker crumbs
4 oz. (1/2 cup) salted butter, melted
4 oz. (1/2 cup) sugar
CHEESECAKE FILLING
2 lbs. 8 oz. (8 cups) cream cheese, softened
8 oz. (1 cup) sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
7 oz. (4 large) eggs
CHOCOLATE GANACHE
12 oz. (2 cups) HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1000 ct. (Item# 61125)
8 oz. (1 cup) heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
30 DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES*
*For recipe go to www.hersheysfoodservice.com

Directions

    1. Heat convection oven to 300°F (standard oven: 350°F). Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper baking cups.
    2. Prepare GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST: Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in medium bowl, stirring until blended. Using heaping tablespoon (1/2 oz.), evenly divide crumb mixture onto bottom of each prepared muffin cup, pressing down gently with spoon.
    3. Prepare CHEESECAKE FILLING: Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in 20 qt. bowl of mixer fitted with paddle attachment until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Using level #20 scoop (1-1/2 oz.), fill each prepared muffin cup with batter.
    4. Bake 20 minutes* or until center is almost set.** Remove from oven to wire rack. Cool completely in pans. Refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours before topping with CHOCOLATE GANACHE.
    5. Approximately 1 to 2 hours before serving, prepare CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Melt HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, heavy cream and vanilla in medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth. Immediately spread 1 tablespoon ganache on each mini cheesecake. Allow to set before dipping and garnishing with DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES.
    *If using convection oven, rotate pans one-half turn (180°) after 10 minutes of baking.

    **Cheesecakes are less likely to crack if baked in a water-bath.
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