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These no-bake Hot Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes will knock your ugly Christmas sweater right off.
Start by combining the crust packet (from the dessert mix) and butter in a medium bowl with a fork. Line 2 muffin pans with muffin liners. Place 3/4 tablespoon or so in each muffin liner. Gently press the crust into an even layer.
In a large bowl, combine the filling packet from the dessert mix, hot chocolate packets and milk using a hand mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds then turn on high for about 3 minutes. Then pour in the Oreo pieces and gently fold in.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop filling mixture onto each of the crusts. Take a small spatula and evenly distribute the filling in the muffin cup.
Next, unwrap the candy canes and place in a food processor or large plastic bag. Pulverize the candy canes by either using the food processor or your aggression, a.k.a. a meat tenderizer, hammer or large skillet.
Then, pour the heavy cream into a large bowl. Using the whisk attachment on a hand mixer, beat until thick and fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes or so on high. Scoop into a pastry bag fitted with your favorite tip (I use a large open star tip) or a large zip top bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the whipped cream on each of the muffin cups.
At this point, you can pop them in the refrigerator if you aren’t going to serve them right away. When you are ready to serve, sprinkle with candy cane pieces. Don’t do that in advance as they melt into the whipped cream. It doesn’t taste bad, it just doesn’t look as pretty.
This dish is so easy to make and, in comparison to its traditional cousin, can be made as low fat as you desire (using fat free Cool Whip and sugar free pudding mix). The molasses cookies add a spiciness not often found in a traditional pie crust. If you don’t like the flavor of molasses, you could always substitute ginger snaps, but the soft molasses cookies are a delicious addition.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!