Friday, December 21, 2012

{kitchen de ferrer} gingerbread cheesecake bites.

gingerbread cheesecake bites.
It's that time of year again. 'Christmas In A Box' time. Oh yes. It's totally what you think. But better and yummier. Almost every year I would put together and give away Christmas favor boxes to close friends. And almost every year I would bake something new. Still bite-size, of course. ;-) So what did I put in these boxes? Well, one of them is this nomlicious mini gingerbread cheesecake recipe I found a few weeks ago. It was love at first bake. And it was so good I had to bake it again to share with friends. The recipe! It's so freakin' easy! Be sure to top off the bites with chocolate chip morsels - it's so much more tastier!

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
adapted from Created By Diana

1 (30 oz) package Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough (refrigerated section)
4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour
A bag of semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

1 -- Let's make the filling first, shall we. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Put filling into a piping bag or ziplock bag. Cut off the tip of plastic bag and place in fridge.
2 -- Mix flour into the cookie dough. This will make the dough firmer, resulting in less puffing when baking and less collapsing when cooling.
3 -- Roll 2 teaspoons of gingerbread dough into balls. I used a small ice cream scooper to make the process a little faster. Depending on how big your ice cream scooper is, you may need 1.5 to 2 scoops for a good-size ball. Place balls into a mini cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners.
4 -- Make a well or indentation into each ball. To do this, place the end of a mini rolling pin or a wine cork and press into the dough.
5 -- Fill each well halfway with cream cheese filling. This will help the dough from rising too much.
6 -- Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
7 -- Let the bites cool before filling them up with more cream cheese. Top off with chocolate chip morsels.
gingerbread cheesecake bites.
gingerbread cheesecake bites.
gingerbread cheesecake bites.
Share. Or not. We don't judge. It really is that good!

besos ... jin.

{Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.}

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