Here’s a fast and easy Christmas/Holiday (or anytime!) dessert recipe that’s simple to whip up, but looks and tastes like you labored for days. This is from a wonderful cookbook, Pillsbury Christmas 2011. I collect Christmas cookbooks (as well as ALL cookbooks!) and this is my newest addition.
Funny thing about great Christmas and holiday cookbooks, they can be used all-year long. Mine are never stored away – I honestly use them throughout the year.
This particular Christmas cookbook is one of the best. The recipe below is just one of the countless outstanding recipes inside.
Turtle Cheesecake Tartlets
Servings: 24 Tartlets
1 box Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts, softened as directed on box
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons caramel topping
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons finely chopped pecans
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. Remove1 crust from pouch; unroll on work surface. Roll lightly with rolling pin. Cut 12 rounds from crust with 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 inch cookie cutter. Press rounds in bottom and up sides of 12 mini muffin cups, with edges extending above cups about 1/8 inch. Repeat with remaining pie crust. Place about 5 of the chocolate chips in each crust. Bake 6 minutes. Leave crusts in pan. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel topping, and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Spoon evenly over chocolate chips, about 1-1/2 teaspoons for each tartlet.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Cool in pan on cooling rack 10 minutes; remove from pan.
- In a small custard cup or other small microwavable bowl, place remaining chocolate chips and the oil. Microwave uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until melted; stir. Drizzle over each cheesecake; immediately sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining tartlets.
Take a closer look at Pillsbury Christmas 2011 by clicking the link. This one’s outstanding.