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    Peppermint Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

      Servings:   24 mini cheesecakes

    Ingredients

      3 graham crackers
      12 cup pecans, toasted
      2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
      13 cup Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
      1 ounce Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Baking Bar, chopped
      8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
      13 cup sugar
      1 large egg 14 cup cream
      Whipped Cream
      2.5 ounces Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Baking Bar, chopped

       

    Directions
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    2. In a food processor, finely grind the graham crackers and pecans.

    3. Place crumbs in a medium bowl and stir in melted butter.

    4. Press about 2 teaspoons of crumbs firmly in the bottom of 24 mini muffin pans.

    5. Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

    6. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat until smooth, then beat in egg. On low speed stir in the cream.

    7. Melt the chocolate chips and the peppermint bark in double boiler or microwave. Stir until smooth.

    8. Stir half of chocolate mixture into cream cheese mixture, then stir in other half.

    9. Place 1 tablespoon of batter in each of the muffin cups.

    10. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes.

    11. Cool the cheesecake for 15 minutes and then refrigerate at least 4 hours.

    12. Remove cheesecakes from pan. Top with whipped cream and chopped Peppermint Bark.