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Mini Chocolate Cheesecake

  • yield: Makes 18


  • 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (from about 40 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • Chocolate curls, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle. Set eighteen 2 3/4-inch flan rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make parchment collars: Line each flan ring with 9-inch-long-by-2-inch-high parchment strip, overlapping slightly; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Mix cookie crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Divide mixture among flan rings (about 2 tablespoons per ring). Press down crumb mixture to create a flat base. Bake until set, about 13 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  3. Step 3

    Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Let cool slightly; set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Put cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until lightened, about 3 minutes. Add remaining cup sugar and the salt; mix 1 minute. Add sour cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and melted chocolate; mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, until just combined. Divide filling among flan rings. Bake until still slightly wobbly in center, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

  5. Step 5

    Carefully remove rings; peel off paper. Serve garnished with chocolate curls.

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