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Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

Can you even believe it’s been a year?

We’ve spent so much of these past 365 days talking about the pandemic; it almost seems redundant for me to spend even another second mentioning it here. The truth is, what we’ve experienced has been life changing. I think it’s really healthy to consider how far we’ve come and what we need moving forward. While it would be easy to look at the past 12 months and try to wish it away or shove it all into the darkest corners of our past, I don’t want to waste this experience; I’d love for each of us to walk away from the pain and trouble of this pandemic as better, more resilient and loving versions of the selves that entered into it. So here’s what I’ve been chewing on.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

“Relationship means everything.”

The single greatest take-away I have from this past year is that relationships mean everything. Most of us, prior to 2020, took even the smallest interactions and gestures of kindness for granted. A smile at the grocery store, a lazy coffee date with a friend, sharing a bucket of popcorn at the movies or a bottle of wine around a crowded dining table. The encouragement and solidarity we find in those interactions have the potential to nourish our souls in deep ways. For me, it wasn’t until those interactions were deemed unsafe that I began to realize how much I needed them. Texting, phone calls, and waves from a distant aren’t always enough; sometimes we need that face-t0-face talk with our best friend. We need to hug our grandparents and our little sisters. We need to care for one another with laughter and kindness and touch because we were created for relationship. The isolation of this year hasn’t just been a bummer for our social calendars. It’s left a wanting hole in most of us.

Weeks ago, I met my grandparents in a drive-thru COVID vaccine line to give them their paperwork. The parking lot was filled with maybe a hundred cars, most of which were occupied by elderly people. I’m not sure if it was just me (#hormones), but the energy was almost palpable, and I teared up thinking of all the families who were going to be safely reunited with their grandparents soon. I took a lot of those relationships for granted, and I’m eager to learn from this experience by loving the people around me a little more generously.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

“Less really is more.”

Another big take-away I have from this past year is that, in some cases, less really is more. I had the privilege of staying home with my kids those first couple of months of quarantine. Although I complained some about in our scaled-back life, I was grateful for what I found in its place. Where there was once busyness and rushing in our normal day to day life, I found time. A pace of life I hadn’t walked out in years. I’m really grateful to have had those opportunities with my children, and, looking back, I realize that a lot of the “stuff” that filled our calendars before wasn’t really what my heart desired. What I wanted deep down and had the luxury of experiencing during quarantine was intentional relationship with my family. Moving forward, I hope I’ll remember some of that, particularly when the urge to do more (and all too much) sneaks in.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

Grace.

The final big thing that this past year has reinforced in my mind is that we all need to show one another a whole bunch of grace. Each of our stories has read completely different these past 365 days. It’s helpful for me to remember that my version of this experience has likely been vastly different from yours. We will all process the challenges and loss of this past year in our own way but we can offer one another grace in the midst of it all, particularly when it comes to areas where we don’t see eye to eye. My hope is that, after living through a year that pruned away a lot of the comforts and certainties and facades that many of us (raises hand!) clung to, we find that all that cutting back and stripping away made room for growth that our previous selves wouldn’t have made room for.

There’s been lots of learning this past year, and this is just a small glimpse into mine. It may have been overkill to share allllll of that, but my hope is that you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your own story and pick out a few things you want to take with you from here on out. I’d love to here from you about this in the future, but, for now, let’s get to this chocolate mascarpone cheesecake.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com
Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

Mascarpone Cheesecake

I love cheesecake, particularly when it comes to ones that are made extra with comforting toppings. This chocolate mascarpone cheesecake is all the yummy, creaminess of a traditional cheesecake with the added taste and texture of mascarpone cheese. Add that to a chocolate cookie crust and gooey caramel, and you have yourself a winning combination.

The directions for this chocolate mascarpone cheesecake are pretty thorough, mostly because I know a lot of people struggle with making cheesecakes. There always seems to be sunken centers, fault line cracks, and soggy crusts, right? So, while the instructions may be over-the-top, I find the juice is worth the squeeze here, and that extra attention to detail yields a really fantastic end product. While the star of this show is definitely the cheesecake center, there is room to take some liberties when it comes to the topping. I used a cup of my favorite homemade caramel sauce for this cake, but you are welcome to sub in your favorite store-bought variety or recipe of your own. Or perhaps you want more chocolate? Try a ganache topping, a homemade fudge sauce, or maybe even just some fresh fruit. Make the cheesecake your own here.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a creamy chocolate cheesecake made with mascarpone cheese, a chocolate sandwich cookie Oreo crust, and a rich caramel topping. The crust is scented with espresso powder and lends a buttery crunch to the otherwise smooth dessert. This is a decadent treat for chocolate lovers and a great alternative to a cream cheese cheesecake. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

Phew. That was a lot of conversation today, but to sum things up– this past year has been a lot, love your people well, and don’t forget to make this chocolate mascarpone cheesecake. Happy Tuesday and happy baking!

If you like this chocolate mascarpone cheesecake you should try:

Simple Cheesecake Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
Brown Sugar Cheesecake
Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake
Honey Mascarpone Tart with Salty Graham Cracker Crust

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Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

This chocolate mascarpone cheesecake is a rich and fluffy dessert with an espresso scented chocolate cookie crust and a thick caramel topping. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 12 ounces (about 31 cookies) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreo’s)
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • 5 tablespoons (70 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 1 pound/ 2 blocks (450 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (20 gm) cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (follow the link in the text of my post for my favorite recipe or use your own favorite recipe or store-bought variety here)

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Process your chocolate sandwich cookies in the blender on medium speed until they have been reduced to crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the espresso powder and melted butter in a small bowl until the crumbs are well moistened. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Place the softened cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream on medium speed until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the cocoa powder and eggs.  Stir on medium until integrated. Add the cream and vanilla extract and stir to combine. 
  3. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the strained batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape. 
  4. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to rest in the oven for an additional hour. Remove from oven and aluminum foil, discard the water bath, and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.
  5. When ready to serve, top with warmed caramel sauce, slice and serve.

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Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Coming in hot with the another Christmasy treat! I love mint chocolate things all year round, but there’s nothing quite as festive as the red and white stripe of a winter candy cane. This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a festive crowd pleaser that feels fitting for the season and is sure to land you on the nice list of everyone you share it with.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Last week Brett and I traveled to Chicago for a quick 48 hours of food with friends. I visited with my brother and did some big city shopping with my BFF, so it ended up being a really special way to kick off December. We tried out a few new restaurants, had an abundance of delightful cocktails, and even checked off a bucket list meal at Alinea. Truly, a good time was had by all, and I was tickled to squeeze in all the laughter and fellowship we experienced. One of my favorite things I love about traveling during the holidays is all of the festive decor. The gussied-up department stores and tinsel-draped trees speckled about the city really help me to get in spirit of Christmas, so I did my best to take in as much as possible.

Our hotel, The Langham, contributed to the spirit with little welcome gifts of jarred cocoa, homemade marshmallows, and white chocolate peppermint cookies. YUM. I attempted to save all of the treats for Aimee and George, but, LOL, we all know how that effort went. I tucked those little cookies away for myself like any self-respecting mother would do, and I have zero shame about that.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is one of those things you’ll wish you could hide for yourself. A chocolate cookie crust loaded with Kerrygold butter hosts the white chocolate peppermint filling. The whole cake is done up with speckled of crushed candy canes and peppermint bark. The richness of this cheesecake is offset with the bright minty candy pieces; I love the combination of the textured crust with the fluffy cake. Cheesecake is one of those things that feels fitting for the holidays, and the peppermint white chocolate cheesecake really knocks it out fo the park. Let me tell you how to make it.

To prep this dessert, we start with the crust. Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies come together with a whole lot of Kerrygold butter to make a tender, melt-in-your-mouth crust. Kerrygold is a higher fat butter, so you can expect this crust to have more flavor and extra texture when you use that here. The filling for this white peppermint white chocolate cheesecake starts as most others. Room temperature cream cheese is beat until smooth and creamy. Sugar, eggs, and the liquid ingredients come next, and the final mixture is poured through a sieve to ensure it is perfectly smooth. After baking, the cheesecake is slowly cooled, topped with whipped cream, and decorated with crushed peppermints and bark. Can you say, “Mega Yum”?

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

A Few Things on Homemade Cheesecake:

There are a few things to keep in mind when making a dessert like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. First, it is essential to use room temperature ingredients. The cheesecake will be lumpy and unevenly mixed if you throw in cold items. Using room temperature ingredients ensure that your cheesecake it allowed to cream properly. Pay attention to mixing times as well! An over-whipped cheesecake will develop air pockets that can make it puff and bake weird. Just don’t do it, okay?

Finally, I do recommend following the instructions for the water bath here. Again, the water bath will help to ensure even baking. It would be hugely disappointing to go through alllll the work only to have it flop? Trust the process and keep an eye on your cake while it’s in the oven. The extra steps feel like a lot of work but it’s worth it.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post! By now you already know how much and why I adore their products. I especially lean on them when I’m making special treats like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. Check out their products at your nearest grocery store or find a retailer here! Get in the holiday spirit with this recipe sometime this week and let me know how you like it. Happy baking!

If you like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake you should try:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake
S’mores Cheesecake

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

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Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a delicious make ahead dessert for the holidays and features a chocolate cookie crust!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/2 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 10 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 lbs (4 blocks) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, if desired
  • Crushed peppermints or chopped peppermint bark, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-9 minutes. Set aside while you prep your filling.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. In a double boiler simmering over water on low heat, gently melt the white chocolate, stirring regularly. Do not let it overheat or it may seize. Remove from heat while you prep the rest of your filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  4. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the extracts and the heavy cream. Stir and scoop one cup of the mixture into the melted white chocolate and stir quickly to barely combine. Add the mixture to the cheesecake batter and stir just until smooth.
  5. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  6. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  7. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Feel free to cover the cheesecake with a sheet of aluminum foil if it appear to be getting too dark. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  8. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.
  9. When ready to serve, garnish with whipped cream and the crushed candies. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  2. I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  3. The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

You’re catching me on a really good week. I’m fresh off a weekend of recharging with some girlfriends, there’s carrot cake cheesecake in my fridge, and I’m a few days away from a mini family reunion. All this, plus Easter just around the corner, makes for a gal who is feeling ultra-thankful today.

We don’t really shy away from the issues here. There’s lots of real talk and nitty gritty and probably a little bit of TMI from time to time. My goal here is always to fill your bellies with delicious treats, yes, but I also feel responsible for being transparent here too. Anytime there’s sharing of life stories, I think it’s really important to remind each other to rejoice in the victories, both big and small, way more frequently than we dwell on the hard stuff. Celebrating the things we have to be joyful about doesn’t mean our lives are without difficulty or that we have to put on a facade, but it’s healthy to remind ourselves of all the good that exists in our lives. Chances are there’s plenty to feel proud of.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

So today, I gotta tell you, I’m feeling like a million bucks. This is a hard, hair-on-fire-busy kind of season, but I totally recognize that I get to do it with people who love and value me. That’s rare sometimes, right? To know that there’s people rallying behind you, people championing the way ahead of you, and a handful of folks to cheer you along at all the stops in between is such an incredibly blessing to experience. This has been a trying period of life, but it’s also been one filled with inspiration, unwarranted encouragement, and lots of love from unexpected (and expected) sources. I’m just so incredibly grateful.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

“It’s healthy to remind ourselves of all the good that exists in our lives.”

Maybe that’s you today. Maybe you’re in season where your cup is running over on all sides. You might be finding wins around every turned page in a story where you’re the leading lady. If this is you, don’t forget to relish in this season. Share gratitude with the people on your team and take extra time to love on the ones in (and out of!) your circle that need the encouragement.

At the same token, if this isn’t you and if you’re struggling on a road loaded with potholes and blockades, keep your chin up. Celebrate the tiny victories, no matter how lame or insignificant they may feel, and press on. Surround yourself with people who will help you stand when it’s hard to do so on your own. And remember that whatever you’re feeling is just an indicator, not a dictator, of your circumstances. You get to choose how you play the cards that you’re dealt, and my hope is that you play them like a champ.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

So this carrot cake cheesecake. It seems fitting to talk about this hearty dessert fit for sharing during Easter season. I’m always reminded of all the cool things I have to be thankful for this time of year, and there is no shame in being really grateful for a cake, cheesecake, and 9 extra slices for your favorite friends. Am I right?

I’m sharing today’s carrot cake cheesecake with my pals at Kerrygold. I love products that can elevate treats that are already special all on their own, and Kerrygold is one of those trusted products for me. Here, their unsalted butter lends depth of flavor and moisture to the cake layer of this cheesecake. Truly, I am so proud to bolster up their butter, because it is the actual bomb.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This carrot cake cheesecake is basically a skinny layer of carrot cake topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon cheesecake and then slathered with a cream cheese frosting (drool). It’s over-the-top and extravagant in every way possible, but honestly, don’t we kinda love that sometimes? This carrot cake cheesecake is a great alternative to all those carroty desserts you’ll be making for the Easter bunny this year, and honestly, I think you’ll find it’s really hard to top this one.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

To make this carrot cake cheesecake, we start with the cheesecake layer. Cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs and heavy cream whip into a cheesecake that is extremely flavorful and creamy. This is not a super dense cheesecake but it’s not a fluffy Japanese one either. It’s kinda like the cozy cousin to both of those and it’s perfect for topping the carrot cake. Set the batter aside while you prep your carrot cake.

Here, we’ve adapted my favorite carrot bundt cake into a simple batter than comes together easily. Spoon alternating layers of carrot cake and cheesecake batter into a 9″ springform pan and bake in the oven until set. Getting all that batter baked before it’s too brown is a little tricky, so if you notice the top of your cake getting dark before you’re close to the end of bake time, just tent it with a piece of foil to protect it.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Frosting the Cheesecake

The frosting for this carrot cake cheesecake is totally optional, but I decided upon it to provide a finished look for the cake. The leavening in the cake batter puffs and makes for an imperfect top to the cheesecake, so to compensate I added frosting! Just trim any craggy edges off the top of your cake to smooth it as much as possible and then slather on the frosting. It adds an extra punch of sweet and helps to adhere all those toasty pecans to the top. WINNING.

This carrot cake cheesecake is a major win thanks to my friends at Kerrygold. I hope you all will consider supporting such an excellent product, especially for decadent desserts like this. I also hope you’ll count up all your other wins this week and find some room for gratitude no matter where you are. If you need a little encouragement, feel free to drop me a line. I’d love to be the one to share it with you this week. Hugs and love and happy baking to you all!

If you like this carrot cake cheesecake you should check out:

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust & Butterscotch

Smore’s Cheesecake

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This carrot cake cheesecake is a mix of two favorite desserts. With a brown sugar cheesecake and moist carrot cake layer, this dessert is over the top delicious!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cheesecake:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the carrot cake:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted Kerrygold butter, barely melted
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups finely grated carrots

For the topping:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

To make the cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and wrap the exterior of  a 9” springform pan in a sheet of foil. Lightly grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer begin to prepare the cheesecake. Cream the cream cheese on medium speed using the paddle attachment for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the brown sugar, beating an additional 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time and beat for an additional minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Be sure no large clumps exist. If there are a lot of large clumps, your cream cheese may not have been entirely room temp and you make need to strain the mixture. Set aside the cheesecake batter while you prepare your cake batter.
  3. In the same bowl, now empty, beat the melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and stir just till combined. Fold in the finely grated carrots. Spread half of the prepared cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Spoon about half of the cheesecake mixture on top, taking care to cover every bit of cake batter you see. Do no swirl or spread the mixtures. Spoon the remaining cake batter on top of the cheesecake batter and then finish with the remaining cheesecake batter. Be sure no parts of the cake are exposed or you could have bit chunks of cake burst through the top of the cheesecake. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour. If you notice the top of the cake is already dark by about 35-40 minutes into the baking, gently tent the top with a sheet of foil. Cheesecake is done when the center appears set and the cake as a whole only barely jiggles. It won’t look liquidy or watery under the surface of the cake. Turn the oven off and allow it to rest in the warm oven for 1 hour, then cool entirely in the fridge. Just before ready to serve, prepare the topping. Cream the cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar until combined and then drizzle in the whipping cream and vanilla. Beat for about 45 seconds or until the mixture fluffs up. Remove the cake from the pan and trim off any severely uneven edges. Smooth the topping on top of the cheesecake and garnish with chopped pecans. Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

You guys know me by now. I take any and every excuse for celebration and do my best to turn it into a full-on party. Maybe it’s because I love my friends; maybe it’s because I love seeing fresh-cut flowers and balloons scattered about my house. Whatever the case may be, I adore the party planning process, particularly as it pertains to selecting a menu and theme. These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets were among the goodies I shared at a gathering a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to get to chat about them with you all today as the last installment of this year’s #monthofchocolate.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I attend a couple’s small group at our church on Sunday mornings. It’s a mix of couples, mostly married and some not, ranging in age from late twenties to late fifties-ish, and it is such a healthy and life-giving thing for us. In an effort to get out of the “classroom” and really just have fun, we decided to have a Valentine’s Day Italian dinner. I bought big, shiny heart-shaped balloons and tacky heart confetti and banners to put around my house. We drank wine and ate big pans of my mother-in-law’s lasagna by the candlelight provided from leftover glass votives and tea lights from our wedding. It was entirely cheesy and unnecessary, but even as I sit here typing, I’m totally smiling big because it was just so fun.

It feels good to unplug, connect, and have silly, easy conversation with people that love you back.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Dessert was all chocolate, partly due to theme and partly out of sheer convenience. In the throws of testing recipes for #monthofchocolate, I was overrun with test batches of flourless chocolate cake, vegan fluffernutter cookies, and these cutie little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. It seemed like an to share with friends who wouldn’t judge a work in progress recipe. All in all, the night was terrific. I’m thrilled that you get a taste of that evening today with this elegant and simple recipe.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are a variation of a no-bake cheesecake that I’ve been making for years. The crust is a shortbread and is the only part that requires any time in the oven at all. With few ingredients involved, I lean on Kerrygold’s salted butter for flavor and quality. As with most shortbreads, the flavor of this crust is seriously buttery; I prefer to use a product that has the just-right balance between sweet and salty. This crust melts in your mouth and there’s not doubt that Kerrygold butter plays a starring role in that.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Tarts

The filling here (made in the microwave, btw!) is nothing more than cream cheese, white chocolate, and sugar. The mixture gets folded into whipped cream and it sets up in the fridge to a soft-cheesecake consistency. The fancy show-stopper of these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets is the blood orange swirl. A simple sauce made from blood orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch comes together on the stove and sets to a thick saucy consistency. The mixture can be used in a number of ways (think flavored cocktails, cake fillings, toast toppings, and ice cream compotes!), but here, we use it for it’s floral tang, mild sweetness, and stunning color. You can use a store-bought jam or sauce here in a pinch, but I love putting that fleeting winter produce to use.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I finished off the white chocolate cheesecake tartlets with candied walnuts that I purchased from the store, but this is entirely unnecessary. You can serve solo or opt to finish off with more sauce, whipped cream, or even little ginger cookie crumbles. Find something with texture in your pantry and HAVE AT IT. These little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are seriously adaptable and would be complimented by a multitude of toppings.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring these little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. Be sure to grab a pack (or five!) of their butter for baking up these little tartlets and more. Any dessert this special deserves the added bonus of quality, uncompromised butter, and you can expect that with Kerrygold. I hope you all have enjoyed this year’s #monthofchocolate and I look forward to getting back to business in March with tons of all new words and recipes. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

If you like these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets you should check out:

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tartlets

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are mini no-bake cheesecakes swirled with a simple blood orange sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the blood orange sauce:

  • 1 pound blood oranges
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the shortbread crusts:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 5.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the blood orange jam:

  1. Peel, slice and seed the blood oranges, being sure to remove as much of the pith (white skin on fruit) as possible, as this will cause the jam to taste bitter. Puree the fruit in a blender or fruit processor until a pulpy juice forms. Pour the juice into a saucepan and whisk in the sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Turn the heat to medium and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes until thickened slightly. Turn off the heat, skim the bubbles off the top and and place in a heat-safe container to chill in the fridge to at least room temp.

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir on low until a crumbly mixture forms. When you press it between your fingers it should pack like wet sand. Divide the mixture between the 6- 4” tart pans with removable bottoms (I used just shy of ½ cup in each pan) and press into the sides and bottom of the pan in an even layer. I find it’s easiest to press into the sides first and then smooth the remaining dough into the bottom. Place the tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to pan until firm, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven to cool completely.

To prepare the tarts:

  1. Combine the white chocolate and cream cheese in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals, stirring regularly afterwards. This allows the white chocolate to melt gently. Continue this process until the clumps of white chocolate combine smoothly with the softened cream cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla and heavy whipping cream and whip until medium peaks form. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then fold the remaining whipped cream in until smooth. Be careful to not overwork it. Fill the cooled tart dishes with some of the cream cheese mixture, about 2/3 of the way full, alternating with some of the blood orange jam. I use about 2 tablespoons of sauce in each tart pan. Once the tart pans are filled, use a toothpick to gently swirl the two mixtures together. If you ended up with a big glob of cream cheese on top you can drop a few rounds of sauce on top to make pretty swirls. Place the finished tarts in the fridge to set up. Prior to eating, pull the tarts out of the fridge, pop the tarts out of the pan, and allow to rest at room temp for about 15-20 minutes to allow the crust to soften slightly. Top with toasted walnuts, if desired.

Notes

  • You can substitute in a different jam or preserves for the blood orange sauce. Just loosen it a bit with water until it reaches sauce consistency.

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Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

iThere’s a reason I drink wine. It’s the same reason I go for walks and listen to the same comforting records over and over again. Coincidentally, t’s also the reason I  hide little slices of  blood orange cheesecake in the back of the fridge.

Kids. The reason is kids.

Let me be clear: Mothering is the honor of my life. It’s full of surprises and joy and tears burning in the corners of your eyes because you didn’t know a tiny person could make you laugh so hard. It’s rich and life-giving, and I wouldn’t trade these days for all of the long legs, designer handbags, and front row tickets to Hamilton that the world has to offer.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Mothering: The Hard Stuff

But there’s also endless laundry. There’s sassy toddlers who spend a week’s worth of dinners in time out. There’s blueberries smashed in the seat cushions and about one million questions that start with “Why?” and end with absolutely nothing of importance. This work that we do, Mothers- this beautiful, repetitive, insanity-inducing joy of our lives- is quite often a literal and proverbial poop show, and you’ll never guess who gets the backstage pass to the whole thing.

Yup. It’s the same person who shoves peas into chubby cheeks and clips microscopic toenails. And it’s the person who loses their last French fry to a quick-handed toddler. It’s the gal who sorts through the trash to find the various remotes, sippy cups, and shoes that someone “hid” in the garbage can. *le sigh*

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I recently started talking about the potential of growing our family in the distant future. Sometimes the thought of taking on one more human makes me absolutely choke on my own spit. If I have to listen to one more person whining at the dinner table, I will face-plant in my plate of spaghetti. But still, there are intangibles to mothering that make it irresistible.

Mothering: The Good Stuff

Like sometimes I watch my two children from afar as if the whole thing is happening in slow-motion, black and white. I see little faces wrinkled with smiles, heads thrown back with laughter. They move wildly, chasing each other around the kingdom of our backyard like they could run anywhere in the world. Suddenly, they turn. We lock eyes, and no sooner than a whispered “Mama” unfurls in the wind, they’re running towards me- arms open and voices shrieking into a knock-you-over kind of embrace. The exchange we make for all of the broken dishes and dirty socks is suddenly worth it, because there is nothing quite as remarkable as the sound of little voices whispering your name. There is nothing like the chance to be loved back.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.comBlood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Blood Orange Cheesecake

So yes, motherhood is hard. I don’t know if it gets easier, but while we wait to find out, let’s indulge in simple luxuries. Like this blood orange cheesecake.

This recipe was adapted from a blog favorite, my Meyer lemon cheesecake. You guys go crazy for that thang, so I knew I had to create more cheesy, citrusy goodness. The result is this head-turning, creamsicle-colored blood orange beauty that is sure to beat the pants off of any other dessert in your fridge.

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

First, to make it, we start with the crust. Crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, and cinnamon are mixed together to soak up a pool of melted butter. Next, press the mixture into a 9″ springform pan and bake it in the oven while you get started on the filling.

In the meantime, cream cheese and sugar come together until light and fluffy. Afterwards, add a few eggs, some heavy cream, and the blood orange juice and zest. Take care to not overwork your batter, and be sure to incorporate all of the little bits of cheese and zest. No one wants a clumpy cheesecake. Lastly, bake the whole thing in the oven until jiggly but set around the outer edges.

I like to take a few precautions with my cheesecake. First, I always prepare a water bath. This will ensure that my cheesecake bakes evenly and avoids any major cracks in its top. Secondly, I triple layer the aluminum foil around my pan to ensure that no water leaks into my pan. Even supposed “leak-free” pans have sprung a leak, and I promise, nothing is more demoralizing and wasting all of your precious blood oranges on a soggy cheesecake. And thirdly, I let my cheesecakes cool in phases to prevent any major structural damage. This includes a brief stint in a hot, but turned off, oven, a rest on the counter, and a long chill in the fridge.

This blood orange cheesecake is sweet and tart, a brilliant ode to that stunning winter fruit, so pick up a bag of blood oranges at your market and give this recipe a try!

Blood Orange Cheesecake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for a citrus cheesecake flavored with ruby red blood oranges, The crust is a cinnamon brown sugar and graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a sweet whipped cream topping. The cheesecake, made with cream cheese, is adapted from miette bakery, and has a beautiful pink orange hue due to the oranges! This recipe gives a lot of how-to's on making cheesecakes without crack, bubbles, soggy crust from leaking water bath, etc so check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this blood orange cheesecake, you should try:

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce

Orange Cardamom Rolls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

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Blood Orange Cheesecake

This blood orange cheesecake is a sweet and tart, creamy dessert with a cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust. Learn how to make a successful cheesecake here!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 10 sheets (150 gm) honey graham crackers, crumbled finely
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (75 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) of blood orange juice (about the juice of 34 blood oranges)
  • 2 teaspoons grated blood orange zest, avoiding the pith

 

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until set.

 

To prepare the cheesecake

  1. Keep the oven preheated and get some water boiling in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, vanilla, blood orange juice, and zest. Beat just to combine.
  4. Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the prebaked crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

 

To prepare the topping:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream in it becomes frothy and thick. Add the sugar and beat to medium stiff peaks. Spread over top of the cooled cheesecake and serve!

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake and a Giveaway!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Peanut butter chocolate cheesecake?!?! The day after Thanksgiving?!? Are you crazy!?!”

Yes, I hear you. Like the rest of America, I gorged on turkey legs and cornbread dressing yesterday, and yes, there was lots of dessert involved too. I’m officially wearing stretchy sweatpants and my husband’s t-shirts until further notice, because I don’t see myself shimmying into anything not categorized as loungewear any time soon.  But as you know, the holidays wait for no one, so I’m going full-throttle Christmas baking mode from now until New Year’s Eve. Let’s just expect the expected and make the most of our holiday baking okay? Starting with this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Cheesecake is Scary Sometimes.

Cheesecake can be scary, and I’ll be the first to admit that. There’s all that business with the water bath and the creaming of the cheese and the room temperature ingredients. There’s the epic debate of whether or not the crust should extend up the sides of the pan or simply pat into the bottom. We have to worry about cracks in the crust and cheesecakes that fall, and honestly, sometimes cheesecakes just don’t seem worth the hassle.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Blender Cheesecake?

But what if I told you that you could make an incredibly decadent, ridiculously rich, out-of-this-world delicious peanut butter chocolate cheesecake in a blender? What if you knew that you could throw all of the ingredients into the jar of a blender, press the start button, and all would be well in the world of cheesy cakes? Would you leave this site immediately and head to the grocery store for ingredients to make the best cheesecake of your life? Yep, that’s what I thought.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Wolf Gourmet Blender

My new friends at Wolf Gourmet sent me a stunning blender to test out. With a sleek yet classic design and easy-to-function buttons and dials, the Wolf Gourmet High Performance Blender was absolutely beyond anything I could have hoped for. I gave a quick test run of some of the blender’s capabilities (helllllo, homemade nut butters and crushed ice cocktails!) and studied up on a few others- soups, chopped veggies, and whipped cream, to name a few. The world is literally your oyster with this blender, and I’m thrilled to add it to my modest collection of necessary small kitchen appliances.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

With cheesecake on the week’s menu, I decided to recipe test in my new kitchen prize, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I took care to adhere to some of the common laws of cheesecake, and found that the process of making the dessert in the blender was way easier than my traditional method in the stand mixer. My finished peanut butter chocolate cheesecake was creamy, without clumps, and had zero cracks in its smooth top. Even better, the whole prep process took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish which is record time in my house. Hasta la vista, stand mixer cheesecake.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

To make this gem of a baked good, we start with the crust. I dumped precisely 31 chocolate sandwich cookies into the blender and let it whiz away until the cookies were reduced to crumbs. I added the crumbs to a bowl of melted butter and stirred to combine the two. The crust pats into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan, baking briefly in a preheated oven. Meanwhile, rinse out your blender and start adding cheesecake ingredients. Cream cheese, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and cocoa powder come first. Scrape the sides of the blender jar and add some heavy cream. Allow the machine to run for an additional 10 seconds, or until the cream is incorporated. Pour the contents of the blender onto the baked cheesecake crust and bake in the oven for an hour.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

I do like to use a waterbath for this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake. Waterbaths help to regulate the temperature of your cheesecake while in the oven which can prevent cracks. If you’re at all concerned about that, don’t skip that step. Other than that, making this cheesecake is a cinch, with most of the thanks to the Wolf Gourmet blender.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

A Giveaway!

The holidays are the time to love and give and share. SO, Wolf Gourmet is going to provide one of these dreamy blenders to one lucky reader. To enter the contest, leave a comment in the comment section below. Tell me what is your favorite flavor of cheesecake! I will randomly select one winner in the US by Friday, December 1st and contact them by email. This is a seriously awesome prize and I am SO EXCITED to see all the goodies someone gets to make with it. Many thanks to Wolf Gourmet and to you all for supporting brands that make this site possible. The contest is now closed. 

If you’re into this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, be sure to check out:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Shortbread Brownies

Peanut Butter Pie

S’mores Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Butterscotch Sauce and Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

This peanut butter cheesecake has a chocolate cookie crust, a peanut butter chocolate ganache and is made with a blender!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 360

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 12 ounces (about 31 cookies) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreo’s)
  • 5 tablespoons (70 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (130 gm) creamy peanut butter (I used Jif)
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (20 gm) cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream, room temperature

For the ganache:

  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (semisweet, if you prefer)
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Process your chocolate sandwich cookies in the blender on medium speed until they have been reduced to crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the melted butter in a small bowl until the crumbs are well moistened. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

 

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Place the softened cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and eggs in the base of your blender. Process on medium speed until well combined, about 10-15 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the cream to the mixture. Turn the blender on for another 10 seconds or until the mixture has been well combined.
  3. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the strained batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  4. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  5. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  6. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

 

To prepare the ganache:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Heat the cream over the stove over microwave until just barely bubbling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap. Allow to rest for five minutes and then stir. If the chocolate has not melted completely, place the entire bowl back in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir again. Stir the peanut butter into the ganache. Spread the ganache evenly over the top of the cheesecake and sprinkle with the peanuts. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

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Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust & Butterscotch

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I guess I’m supposed to tell you all about my trip to Charleston for the SAVEUR blog awards, right? You probably want to hear all about the other finalists, the food and wine, or what it was like to meet Deb in real life. Maybe you’re curious if Wood and Spoon blog brought home a win in the “Best Baking and Sweets” category (hint: we did!), or if I ever figured out how to pronounce the word “Saveur.” Though I should probably be carving out space to share about this past week and the wonderful new friends that were made, to be honest, I haven’t yet figured out how to sum it all up. So for now, let me dive into the beauty that is this brown sugar cheesecake and we can hash out the other details later.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Sugar Cheesecake

Before we begin, let me make one thing clear: I have dreams about this brown sugar cheesecake. A perfect combination of sweet and salty, this cake is a dessert that fulfills every taste and texture desire of my heart. For starters, I think about the tangy filling, folding over itself in silky clouds inside the bowl of my mixer. The scent of the oatmeal cookie crust, rich with butter, molasses, and cinnamon, wafts to the scene, momentarily stealing my every affection. But it’s the butterscotch sauce, thick and drippy, with caramel flavors and a not-so-subtle hint of salt, that oozes in and completes the most perfect bite. Each element of this cake enhances the flavors of its counterparts and it so tantalizes my tastebuds that I could almost break out into song. Without question, this brown sugar cheesecake is the one you won’t get over.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

Like the other cheesecakes on this site, we start by preparing the crust. Brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt are brought together with the addition of melted butter. Stir it all together and pat out the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. While it bakes in the oven, we can prepare the filling for the cake. Cream cheese is beat on medium speed just until all of the clumps have been smoothed out. Brown sugar is added next, followed by eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla. The goal here is to incorporate each element evenly without overbeating the mixture as this can cause air bubbles and cracks in the cake once baked. Just beat in each addition until well combined, and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl regularly.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

A Few Cheesecake Tips

Now everyone has their own special way to make a cheesecake, but there’s a few things that are almost universal to the process. First, you don’t want the cake to undergo drastic temperature changes during the baking process. To address this need, I prefer to put my cake pan in a waterbath, a pan full of boiling water that reaches about halfway up the sides of the cake. I also try to cool the cake down slowly so as not to cause cracks or shrinkage along the edges of the pan.

Second, it’s important to not over-bake your cheesecake. To test your cake for doneness, look for edges that appear to be slightly set and a center that is  wiggly under the surface of the cake. I turn the oven off once the inner half of the cake is only slightly jiggly upon shaking the pan. Unlike flour cakes, cheesecakes don’t adhere to the toothpick test, so don’t bother sticking your hand in there, okay?

Third, we want a crust that is baked, not soggy. If you opt to use the waterbath, be sure to wrap the outside of your pan in aluminum foil to ensure that no water seeps in to muck up your crust. I go a bit overboard and wrap my pan with three large layers of heavy duty foil, but I swear to you that extra effort is worth it.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

The Heavenly Sauce

The butterscotch is a can’t miss addition to this cake. Sure, the cheesecake is delicious on its own. But why pass up the opportunity to douse anything with a rich, decadent sauce like butterscotch? You could opt for store-bought, but let me encourage you, from the bottom of my heart, to consider making my favorite butterscotch sauce. Deb (yes, the one I met this past week) has the easiest, 5-ingredient sauce that you cannot screw up. I promise. If you prefer, Bobby Flay’s caramel sauce would do the trick here as well.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve got a lot of joy and fun memories from this past week that I’m dying to share with you. For now, I hope you’ll accept this brown sugar cheesecake. It’s sweet, salty, and entirely delicious- a dessert worth sharing with the best blog readers the world has. Thank you for continuing to support the Wood and Spoon blog. You guys rock.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar cheesecake, you should check out:

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

S’Mores Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies 

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Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

The brown sugar cheesecake boasts a sweet and salty oatmeal crust and a gooey butterscotch sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 240

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/3 cup (110 gm) quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (45 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  4. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days. Serve with butterscotch sauce (see notes) or homemade caramel.

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.
  • I love the butterscotch sauce from Smitten Kitchen and Bobby Flay’s salted caramel sauce. See the post above for the link to these recipes.

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Cheesecake adapted from Miette

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A simple, fast recipe that takes less than 30 minutes. A quick brown sugar butter and pretzel pie crust filled with a no bake cream cheese cheesecake type filling and topped with fresh strawberries or berries of your choice. Recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch Magazine. Perfect make ahead dessert idea. Thewoodandspoon.com

Hey friends! I’ve got your weekend entertainment round-up here, complete with a few things to read and a bright and cheery strawberry pretzel tart that is just begging to be made.

This week was a cluster in our house, thanks to sick babies, unfinished to-do lists, and an underwhelming amount of time spent making myself looks presentable (Sorry, Brett. I swear I’ll change out of these sweatpants eventually.) Luckily, a few hours spent snuggling with my sick Aimee girl on the couch (read: trying not to let me brain melt from Lysol fumes and watching back to back episodes of “Paw Patrol”), I reacquainted myself with the interwebs and got caught up on what was going on in the world. For example: apparently Donald Trump is president? What? And someone announced the wrong winner for “Best Picture” at the Oscars? And Ryan Gosling is the world’s most perfect human? (Okay, kidding, guys. I’m not that out of touch.) Here’s a few things that have my eye this week:

50 Things We Learned About Feeding Kids in the Past 6 Years

This little article from Bon Appetit Magazine has so many truths in it. If you’re a parent, you have to give it a read. I promise you’ll identify with something. I’d like to add a few of my own learned lessons to the list:

  1. A tub of baby wipes is a legitimate tableware item.
  2. No one will known that there is Crown Royale in your water if you are drinking it from a Yeti cup.
  3. Squeeze packs counts as vegetable servings.
  4. (More seriously) Find a reason to celebrate at least once a week. Set a date and make a mealtime a party. It’s good for morale.

March Madness

March Madness starts next week! Ok, ok, I know that audience for this blog is primarily women aged 25-34, but it would be entirely sexist to assume that there aren’t at least a few women out there who are beyond excited to watch some basketball. Everyone likes to watch the University of Kentucky win, AMIRITE? Check out this link to get your bracket filled out before the whole shebang starts. And Go Cay-uts.

The Piglet

If basketball doesn’t do it for you, maybe cookbooks are more your thing. We are knee deep in the quarterfinal round of Food52’s tournament of cookbooks! 16 notable publishings from this past year face off in a NCAAstyle tournament to determine the best cookbook of the year! I’ve got my money on “Dorie’s Cookies” to take the whole thing.

La Pitchoune

Brett and I have some traveling coming up. I’m not going to tell you where or when we’re going, because, geez, I don’t really know who could be reading this! Maybe some Charles Manson psychopath character has been following this blog for some time just waiting for me to reveal my actual location. SORRY CHARLIE, NOT TODAY. But for future vacay planning purposes, I’m keeping this idea on the back burner: Julia Child’s summer home in Provence France that is now a vacation rental and cooking school. You sleep where she slept, cook where she cooked, and no, this is not a drill. Amazing, right?

Strawberry Pretzel TartStrawberry Pretzel Tart

If you’re planning to make a few treats this weekend, keep this strawberry pretzel tart in mind. This is a brown sugar and pretzel crusted tart, adapted from my favorite pretzel pie crust. It’s filled with a no-bake cheesecake filling of sorts and topped with sliced strawberries. With less than 30 minutes of active prep time and requiring less than 10 ingredients, this strawberry pretzel tart is a cinch to make and quite the looker. With spring strawberries just around the corner, this is the tart you’ll make from now until the very last taste of summer. Count on it.

I adapted this recipe from one printed in the newest issue of Bake from Scratch. Bake from Scratch is a newer publication, dedicated to baking culture and the recipes, bakeries, and movers and shakers that make our world a little bit sweeter. You may remember that I was featured in a previous issue as one of nine baking bloggers to follow in 2017 (!!!), and while I am incredibly honored to have been featured, I’m really just thrilled to have a seat at the table. Getting to bake and write and interact with all of you is more fun than all of the basketball games, cookbooks, Provencial summer homes that the world has to offer.

Keep this strawberry pretzel tart on your list of weekend plans and save a slice for me! Let me know if you’re reading or doing anything extra fun this weekend and take a peek at the links I shared with you! Happy weekend and cheers to you!

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

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Strawberry Shortcake 

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Cookie Butter Mousse

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Cake 

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Strawberry Pretzel Tart

This strawberry pretzel tart has a sweet and salty pretzel crust, a no-bake cheesecake filling, and is topped with fresh strawberries.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the pretzel crust

  • 5 ounces (ends up being about 11/2 cups of crumbs) of pretzels
  • 1/4 cup (55 gm) brown sugar
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup /1 stick (115 gm) of unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake filling

  • 18 ounce block (225 gm) of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (240 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 lb (450 gm) of strawberries, hulled and sliced

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, whiz the pretzels, brown sugar, and salt until the pretzels are crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine. Alternatively, you can crush the pretzel and stir the other ingredients in to combine.
  3. Pat out the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 10″ tart pan. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until set. Allow to cool completely before using.

To prepare the cheesecake filling

  1. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth and without lumps. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream using a whisk or whisk attachment of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Once fairly integrated, add the remaining whipped cream and continue to fold until uniform. Take care not to overwork the mixture as this can cause it to lose its fluffiness. Spread the mixture out into the bottom of the cooled tart crust. Allow to chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Once ready to eat, arrange the sliced berries to decorate the top of the tart. Serve chilled.

Notes

  • Pretzel crust is best eaten within two days of preparation. It maintains its delicious flavor for several days but the crust can become soggy.

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Adapted from: Bake From Scratch

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Blackberry Farm for Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Post Recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood blogger. this is a simple citrus cheesecake with a chocolate black bottom and homemade chocolate cookie crust made without Oreo's. Follow the instructions perfectly to get a cheesecake with a flat, smooth top without cracks every time. Drizzle with extra chocolate sauce or top with Meyer lemon slices for decoration. This is what to do with you Meyer lemons! Find the recipe for this easy cheesecake prepared with a water bath in a springform pan on thewoodandspoon.com

New Year’s Eve is slowly inching its way up my list of favorite holidays. Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, yes… but New Year’s Eve? There’s never any shortage of party.

Blackberry Farm

For the second year in a row, we earned our New Year’s Day hangovers in the hills of the Smoky Mountains at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. A luxury hotel boasting strong culinary offerings and a James Beard Award winning wine and dining program, Blackberry Farm is a cozy, Southern retreat for those in need of a good meal and R&R. We visited Blackberry Farm this time last year (you may remember this post about it), and enjoyed it so much that we made reservations to visit again only a week or two after returning home. The resort, just as I recalled, was nothing short of magnificent, and we had a terrific time ringing in the New Year.

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A Glimpse of Our Trip To BF

Much like last year, Brett and I made the trip north with our friends Rayne and James. Leading up to the trip, Rayne and I spent an obnoxious amount of time preparing our packing lists, which included shopping for glamorous outfits to wear to the New Year’s Eve party. After searching everywhere for the perfect cocktail dress, I ended up raiding my sister’s closet, borrowing her black lace dress from last year’s homecoming.

All of the trip preparation ended up being totally worth it because the New Year’s Eve party did not disappoint. I spent the evening fangirling some country music stars that were at the party (*cough* Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts *cough*), tripping over the dance floor with Brett, and eating my feelings at the dessert bar (see below for exhibit A). The party was rad, but honestly, who wouldn’t feel like a million bucks dancing the night away with their man-friend and sipping champagne cocktails with their BFF. Also, let’s not forget that I had managed to shimmy myself into my teenage sister’s LBD- a little fact that made me fist pump every time I thought about it.

Blackberry Farm for Meyer Lemon Cheesecake PostOverall: FANTASTIC!

The weekend was incredibly relaxing, complete with some walks around the property, morning yoga, a trip to the spa, and a few hours each day spent cuddled around the fire. The only downside was the two (or seven) pounds I gained while there from day drinking consuming so much food. WORTH IT.

Blackberry Farm boasts some of the best food and dining I’ve ever experienced in my life, so I spared no calorie, sip, or bite in making sure that I got the best of what the resort had to offer. I meant to bring my camera to share some images of the trip, but I saved my luggage space for all the pairs of Spanx I needed, so you’ll have to settle for these iPhone shots instead. Even so, there’s no denying the beauty of Blackberry Farm and the fun that we tucked under our belts there. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, I urge you to do so- it’s fab.

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

So are you ready to hear about this Meyer lemon cheesecake yet?

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Meyer lemons are the sweeter, more floral tasting sister fruit to the regular old lemons you might commonly buy. They usually pop up in the grocery stores throughout the winter, so if you see them, GET THEM. They are a prize to be honored in your kitchens, and add wonderful flavor to sweet and savory dishes alike.

Making the Cheesecake

This Meyer lemon cheesecake features a rich chocolate crust and a thin layer of chocolate cheesecake on the bottom. We start by preparing the crust which zips together quickly before being pressed into the bottom of a springform pan. The recipe for the cheesecake filling is no fail, in my opinion, because it never cracks, is always creamy, and is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. With a bit of cream cheese, eggs, and sugar, the filling beats together to create a thick and luscious filling that is so tasty, you may find yourself licking the bowl.

Take care while preparing the cheesecake filling to follow the instructions closely, because there’s nothing worse than pulling your cheesecake out of the oven only to find that it’s burned, cracked, runny, or soggy crusted from a leaky waterbath. #beenthere #donethatBlackberry Farm for Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Post

Meyer lemon cheesecake, with its fancy citrus, black bottom, and rich, decadent taste, feels like a fancy dessert fit for celebrating the new year. Maybe throw on your little sister’s dress, eat some cheesecake, and feel like a rockstar for a minute. Maybe make this Meyer lemon cheesecake and dream about all the good stuff this coming year has for you. My prayer is you’ll find lots of joy, love, and cake in 2017. Happy New Year!

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

This meyer lemon cheesecake is a black bottom cheesecake with a chocolate crust. Tart and creamy, this cheesecake is a great make ahead dessert option, and is a rich and lemony treat, perfect for the chocolate and fruit lovers in your life!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

For the chocolate crust

  • 1 cup (130 gm) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup (65 gm) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2/3 (80 gm) cup flour, sifted
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 gm) butter, melted

For the cheesecake

  • 6 ounces (170 gm) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 41/4 tablespoons (65 ml) of meyer lemon juice (about the juice of 11/2 large meyer lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon of packed meyer lemon zest (about the zest of 2 large meyer lemons- avoid the white pith)

Instructions

To prepare the chocolate crust

  1. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your chocolate mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

To prepare the cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get some water boiling in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Set a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water and melt chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  4. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, vanilla, and lemon juice. Beat to combine.
  5. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer into a reserved bowl and then fold in the lemon zest. Remove 3/4 cup of the cheesecake batter and stir it into the melted chocolate. Spread the chocolate cheesecake over the top of the chocolate crust. Next, pour the remaining cheesecake batter over top of the chocolate layer. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  6. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  7. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  8. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

Notes

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are simple, individual mini tarts made in removable bottom tart pans. An easy cheesecake and canned pumpkin puree filling swirled together with sugar and fall spices like cinnamon. The press in crust is easy to make and the whole thing is topped with sweet and salty walnuts or pecans or other nuts. Find this great dinner party dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

What age is too old?

This is the question I’m faced with more and more frequently. 

For example, I secretly love Harry Styles, but am I just way too old to admit that? I want to buy a chokers and lace up shirts, but wait, didn’t I wear those twenty years ago!? And then what about my secret stash of Mary-Kate and Ashley movies? AM I TOO OLD FOR ALL OF THIS? PLEASE INFORM. 

I’m stuck in this purgatory age known as 28 where (to quote the great philosopher Britney Spears) I’m not a girl, not yet a woman, and I have no gauge of where my awkwardness fits in society.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Ok, I can already hear you rolling your eyes at me, and that’s fine. You can judge me. You can hate me for getting antsy about nearing my thirties, or you can laugh at the immature desires of my old, wrinkly heart. But I’m just being honest here, ok? 

This past weekend, we traveled with friends to Atlanta for a football game and 36 kid-free hours of food and shopping. Following an afternoon of day-drinking, pre-dinner cocktails, and a few poured bottles of wine throughout dinner, I was feeling pretty fancy. And to be clear, by fancy, I mean Ready. To. Dance. 

We attempted to crash a wedding at our hotel, but security swiftly asked us to leave (#proudmoments). Instead, we decided to walk to a club around the corner. Brett paid our cover, the thick velvet curtain was drawn back for us, and for a minute, I was 21 again. Yes, in my mind’s eye, I was young, fresh-faced, sans stretch marks or nursing boobs, and for all intents and purposes, a BABE. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Well, that moment lasted about as long as it took for me to get to the dance floor, because then the question hit me: Am I too old? 

I am choosing to believe that the age to enter this club had to have been, like, 14 because some of these kids looked downright preteen. These were tiny, infant children, playing pretend with their mom and dad’s stash of Bud Light and cocktail straws. That has to be it. Otherwise, the alternative is that I was the old one.

Well, I danced. I danced and jumped and sang and did a bunch of other fistpump/pelvic thrust movements because when you’re old, you don’t have time to practice your moves in the mirror of your bathroom anymore. The DJ amused us by playing an assortment of hits from the 90’s, and at one point, Brett and I were booty dancing (do we still call it that?) and yell-singing the six or seven words we were able to make out of “It’s Tricky” by Run D.M.C. I have no doubt in my mind that those fetus humans we danced alongside went home and told their friends about the crusty old people who humiliated themselves doing the hand-jive in the middle of a struggling dance floor, but honestly, if you can’t dance when you’ve been casually drinking for 12 hours, WHEN CAN YOU DANCE!?!

The moral of this story is that growing up is hard to do, but if you manage to dance your way through it with your friends, you’ll make it out with not much more than a dull headache and a few blurry photos to fondly laugh at later. 

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I’ll be 29 in a few weeks and I’m considering these pumpkin cheesecake tarts as an ode to my earlier years. They’re cute, petite, and wildly delicious. I shared them with a friend who said they would make a terrific alternative to the usual Thanksgiving desserts, but honestly, life is short and we really don’t need an excuse to indulge in delicious desserts. The time for dancing and pumpkin cheesecake tarts is now. 

The recipe for these pumpkin cheesecake tarts is adapted from my bruleed key lime pies, so if you’ve tried those you know how simple these are to make! We start by pressing a shortbread crust into the bottom of 4″ tart pans. I used my favorite shortbread crust from these blueberry lemon bars. The filling is sweet and creamy, similar to a cheesecake, with swirls of pumpkin and all of our favorite fall flavors. After a quick bake in the oven, the tarts are cooled to room temp before being topped with toasted hazelnuts. Sound awesome? Yeah, I thought so.

You can make these pumpkin cheesecake tarts ahead of time and warm slightly just before eating.Whipped cream isn’t mandatory, but I really can’t think of a reason not to go for it; a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg in that whipped cream would be magical. I’ve also tried adding the hazelnuts directly to the shortbread crust, and let me just say that I was NOT disappointed. If you don’t have mini tart pans, you can make this in one larger 10″ tart pan (or maybe even a jelly roll pan as a bar??) as well! You will most definitely have a little extra dough and filling, though, so I recommend making only 2/3 of the recipe and lengthening your bake times.

I hope you give these pumpkin cheesecake tarts a shot. I also hope you weren’t at that bar secretly laughing at my dance moves. 

Cheers to you and happy Monday!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

These pumpkin cheesecake tarts are a pumpkin pie and cheesecake mashup, baked in a shortbread crust and topped with toasted hazelnuts. It’s a perfect fall dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 21/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 18 ounces block of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 11/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of toasted hazelnuts
  • Whipped Cream (if desired)

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 6- 4″ tart pans with removable bottoms with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, about 1-2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla. Add the flour and salt all at once and stir on low speed until large crumbles begin to form.
  3. Divide the dough between the 6 tart pans and lightly press the dough out evenly on the bottom and up the sides. Place on a sheet pan and in the freezer for the dough to set up for about 10 minutes.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Once removed from the oven, carefully press out the bottom or any areas where the dough may have gotten droopy in the pans. Be sure to do this while it is still warm from the oven! Set aside while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling

  1. Cream the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 of the can of sweetened condensed milk and beat briefly to combine, scraping the bowl as needed. Add 1 egg, the vanilla, and salt, beating together to combine. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture in a medium sized bowl.
  2. To that 1/2 cup of cream cheese mixture, add the pumpkin, the rest of the sweetened condensed milk, an egg and the egg yolk, and the pumpkin pie spice. Beat to combine, scraping the bowl as needed.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of the pumpkin mixture in each of the cooled tart shells, and drizzle 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture over top. Drag a knife through the filling to create swirls, if desired.
  4. Place each tart pan on a sheet pan and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the outer edge of the tart has set well. Allow to cool briefly on the counter for about 30 minutes and then place in the fridge to cool completely. Serve each tart with a sprinkling of hazelnuts and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

  • Be sure the cream cheese is room temperature! If it is still cold while beating, little clumps will form in your batter and you’ll be forced to whisk it through a fine mesh strainer prior to pouring in your tart shells.
  • You can add your hazelnuts directly to your crust by finely chopping them and stirring into the dough clumps. You may have a little extra dough if you use this method, but I totally approve eating little handfuls of it raw. (gasp!)

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