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Daring Bakers April Challenge: Cheesecake Pops

Sweet little cheesecake bites that you can make ahead for parties. These are a fun, bite sized dessert perfect for buffets.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 36
Author Marye Audet

Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 5 8- oz . packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Boiling water as needed
  • Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks

For Coating

  • 1 pound chocolate , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening *Note: I do not use vegetable shortening so I used organic coconut oil
  • Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts , colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) - Optional

Instructions

  • Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.Set some water to boil.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth.If using a mixer, mix on low speed.
  • Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition.
  • Beat in the vanilla and cream.
  • Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan.
  • Place the pan in a larger roasting pan.
  • Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  • Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature.
  • Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
  • When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball.
  • Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

Chocolate Coating

  • When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate.
  • In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined.
  • Stir until completely smooth.
  • Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried.
  • Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.
  • Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely.
  • Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.)
  • Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set.
  • Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionery chocolate pieces) as needed.
  • Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve