2/8/12

Nutella Cheesecakes


Have you missed me?  I've been busy with this...

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and this...
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Excuses, Excuses!

I keep waiting for life to slow down, but I realized that doesn't happen.  We make time for the things that are important, don't we?  So, you should know, that I've been cooking lots of wonderful things.  I just haven't taken the time to share them with you.  So, I'm resolving to do better.

There is a new craze sweeping the home baking world...it's Nutella.  Of course, I was curious about the hazelnut cocoa spread, so I bought a jar.  The chocolatey, peanuty spread is delicious.  I've tried it on toast, bagels, apples, and almonds.  But I was eager to try it in a recipe.  There are plenty of interesting ways to bake with Nutella.  I've seen everything from cookies to frosting to French toast to ravioli.  Maybe Nutella ravioli is taking it too far.  When I found these No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes featured on My Baking Addiction, I knew I had to try them.

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I doubled this recipe for our Super Bowl get-together.  They were light, delicious, and just the right amount of chocolate after the smorgasbord of food we had that night.  If you like Nutella or are interested in giving it a try, this is a wonderful option.

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No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes
Ingredients: 
Crust -
12 Oreo cookies, crushed into crumbs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling -
1-8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-8 ounce tub whipped topping, thawed

Directions:
In a medium bowl, stir together the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter.  Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the of the dishes to form a crust layer.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth.  Add vanilla and mix to combine.  Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well-blended.

Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into individual serving dishes.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping, chocolate shavings, or crushed Oreos.

Yields: 6 servings

Source:  My Baking Addiction

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