Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
My child pushed every single one of my buttons today. In fact, he pushed so many he even pushed some I didn't even know existed.
At one point I thought about locking myself in the bathroom or the closet and ignoring him. But then I remembered that even if I lock up every single dangerous thing in the house (he actually went for the chopping knives this afternoon to remove tape from his toy vacuum) he would somehow find them or break his neck in the process. Soo, I thought it best to keep an eye on him.
His mood started the moment he woke up this morning. He refused to take off his PJs or let me take off mine to get dressed, clinging to me like a little koala bear- minus the cuteness. It was so bad, my husband had to hold him back just so I could get clothes on for the day. And then there was breakfast. Yeah, there was no breakfast. Just meltdowns for sugary yogurt and apple juice.
After school there was Target...
I usually love Target, but today, my child ruined it for me. He decided he would only sit in one of the giant "train carts" (you know, the carts for families with 3+ kids) and then he figured out how to get out of the buckles. You guys, I tried multiple times to get him in the regular oversized Target cart. An older lady even stopped to help me, but my child is persistent.
I should have left the store right then and there.
Just as stubborn as my child, I was determined to get Valentine's Day craft supplies so we can do some fun projects together (I realize now that this is crazy talk- the projects will be messy stressful disasters). There was a lot of chasing and even more staring from strangers for the 30 minutes I endured Target. We reached the checkout and he saw the candy (meanwhile, I had half a cart full of crap I would not be buying)- he started grabbing and tearing open all.the.candy.
Nope, checkout wasn't going to happen.
Total meltdown ensued as I dragged my screaming, kicking child from the store and...even more stares from total strangers who have never walked a day in my shoes with my child.
We get home and I decide to vacuum! Octavian always loves when I vacuum, especially when I let him use "momma's vacuum". Ok kid, whatever, knock yourself out. As long as you stay away from the knives and don't climb the refrigerator shelves to get more yogurt, we're cool. Well, it's all fun and games until your total emo toddler sucks up his lovie (an old bib) into the vacuum and...the bib needs a bath.
Meltdown 3 for the day. I could handle whining, BUT my kid knows how to turn on and off the washing machine (and he's fast). Keeping my 3 year old from the washing machine when his lovie is in there is a workout. Multiple yogurts and cartoons later, the stupid lovie was finished washing. By that point I didn't care if it dried or not.
We walked down the street to a friends house to see if they wanted to play and, when they didn't answer, what did my child do? He whined and he cried and he refused to leave their doorstep. I finally had to carry him (and his bike) home.
Not long after we got a call and went back over to said friends house (yayy!). Well, after about an hour, Octavian was apparently ready to go home right away. He said he was ready to go and so I told him to wait 5 minutes (he is not my master). He didn't wait. He went to the other room, put on his shoes, walked out the door and ran home.
Chasing my toddler down the street with one shoe on, I wasn't far behind, but c'mon kid, really? By this point I didn't even know how to discipline my reckless only child. I just kinda looked at him, totally dumbfounded.
You guys, sometimes I really suck at this whole motherhood thing.
Days like today make me crave comfort food. Chocolate, cookies, cake, chocolate...you know, the good stuff. Lucky for me, I had a several of these delicious little Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites leftover from the weekend because they were a total lifesaver today.
oh, my kid is throwing a tantrum? I'll just eat a cheesecake bite. whatevs.
Thankfully Octavian isn't a total pain in my ass all the time otherwise I would have to practice some self control.
Comfort eating aside (and they really are perfect little comfort companions), these chocolate covered cheesecake bites are great for parties, holidays or any other special occasion. They do take some time and patience, but the finished product is SO worth it!
Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 50 minutes | Hands-on Time: 1 hour | Hands-off Time: 4-12 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes +
Yield: approximately 36 cheesecake bites
Type: Dessert + Sweets, Entertaining, Chocolate
FOR THE CRUST:
9 whole graham cracker sheets
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
FOR THE FILLING:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, brought to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
FOR THE CHOCOLATE COATING:
16 ounces semisweet chocolate
4 tablespoons coconut oil
First prepare the crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8by 8-inch baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (I like to measure and cut two sheets of parchment paper, leaving enough so that the extra hangs off the side).
In a small bowl combine the crushed graham cracker crumbs and the butter. Press themixture in the bottom of the prepared pan, using your fingertips to spread it evenly along the bottom.
Transfer baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until light and golden. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
To make the filling:
Use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes. Turn mixer on low ad add the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, flour and salt. Continue to beat until just combined- being careful not to overmix!
Pour the cheesecake filling over the prepared crust and smooth out the top with a small rubber spatula. Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 40 minutes or until cheesecake is slightly puffed up and the center is (mostly) set.
Allow cheesecake to cool completely on a wire rack before transferring to cool completely in the refrigerator overnight OR in the freezer for 3 hours (the cheesecake needs to be firm and COLD or the chocolate will not set).
For the Chocolate Coating:
After cheesecake has had time to freeze, carefully life cheesecake out of the pan and gently peel away the paper or foil. Use a sharp knife and cut the cheese cake into 36 bite-size squares. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until fully melted and smooth. One at a time, dip cheesecake squares into the melted chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off and gently place onto the lined baking sheet to rest. Repeat for all cheesecake squares. Drizzle the top of each cheesecake bite with melted dark (or white) chocolate and a light dusting of powdered graham crackers.
Allow all chocolate covered cheesecake squares to set in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
**TIP** if the non-coated cheesecakes bites start to soften from sitting out, leave them in the freezer until ready to dip in the chocolate, working in batches.