Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Today I made Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!

1C coarse chocolate cookie crumbs, 1/2C plus 1/2T sugar, 1 1/2T butter, melted, 8oz fat-free cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1t vanilla, 3/4C mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325F.

Mix cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter until blended. Press into the bottom of a greased 9″ springform pan. Cream sugar and cream cheese. Blend well. Beat in eggs. Blend well. Beat in vanilla. Blend well. Pour batter evenly onto crust.

Choc Chip Cheesecake

Choc Chip Cheesecake

Sprinkle chips on top. Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool, then chill 2 hours before serving.

Choc Chip Cheesecake

Chocolate PB Cereal Treats

Today I made Chocolate PB Cereal Treats!

Adapted from dozens of recipe websites.

1C sugar, 1C corn syrup, 1 1/4C chunky peanut butter, 6oz chocolate chips, 3 1/2C crisp rice cereal

Bring sugar and corn syrup to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add cereal and mix well. Press into jelly roll pan. Melt chocolate chips. Spread over top.

Choc PB Cereal Treats

Cool to room temperature before serving.

Choc PB Cereal Treats

Lemon Cheesecake

Today we made Lemon Cheesecake!

12oz fat-free cream cheese, 1C sugar, 3T cornstarch, 3 egg whites, 1 yolk, 3T lemon juice, 1 T vanilla, 4oz fat-free sour cream, 1t lemon zest, 1 pie shell

Preheat oven to 375F. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in yolk. Add sour cream. Beat well. Then add zest. Then juice. Beat until smooth. Stir in cornstarch. Beat well. In a separate bowl, beat whites until stiff but not dry. [Okay, use an electric mixer if you must.] Fold into cream cheese mixture. Beat well. We pressed a store-bought pie shell into a well greased springform pan. This is not necessary. It is much neater and easier to simply pour the batter into the pie shell and bake it 40-50 minutes or until set. [The filling was super-fluffy :)]

Dark Chocolate Cookies

Today I made Dark Chocolate Cookies!

This recipe is from northpole.com, where the recipe is no longer available.

1C cocoa, 1/2C vegetable oil, 2C sugar, 4 eggs, 2C flour, 2t baking powder, 2t vanilla, 1/2t salt, powdered sugar

Sift dry ingredients. Add sugar. In separate bowl, mix oil and eggs. Add vanilla. Mix well. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix well. Chill batter overnight. Preheat oven to 350F.

Dark Choc Cookies

Form balls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm. Cool on racks.

Dark Choc Cookies