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Mocha Cheesecake Tart (gluten free!)

A little slice of happiness!!!

This recipe was created by myself and my gluten-free friend Brie.  It was an experiment and we LOVED it (mostly)…Our only mistake was adding too much coffee to our topping– and I am fixing the recipe to correct that!  If you LOVE coffee, add more (I LOVE coffee, so I thought the tart was perfect– but it is 11pm and I am still going strong…so maybe less is better!)

Brie is a photographer…so this post will be filled with her fun photos of the process!

My fun friend Brie!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups of crushed graham cracker crumbs (gluten free!!!!)
  • 1/3 c. margarine
  • 2 T. sugar

Tart filling:

  • 1 box of PHILADELPHIA cream cheese- softened
  • 1/2c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder (Nestle)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip- thawed
  • 1/2c. mini chocolate chips (Nestle are gluten free)

Topping:

  • 1c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1T. instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar (check ingredients- I used Wal-mart brand and no gluten!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix crushed grahams with sugar and melted butter.
  • Press into an 8 inch tart pan.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes- until edges are firm and crispy.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.  Remove out tart ring.
  • Mix coffee granules in whipping cream and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. (If you don’t like coffee, just skip this step and make topping by whipping cream and powdered sugar without the coffee granules!)

Whipping cream plus coffee!

  • In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, sugar, cocoa and vanilla until smooth.

Adding vanilla to the rich chocolatey goodness!

  • Fold in Cool Whip and blend until smooth.
  • Mix in mini-chocolate chips (saving a few for the top).
  • Spread in cooled tart crust.

Spread the filling into the crust…

yum!

  • In medium bowl, mix whipping cream/coffee blend with powdered sugar and whip on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread over top of tart and sprinkle with a few mini- chocolate chips.
  • Serve immediately if you want– or keep refrigerated until use.
  • Take pictures!!!! 🙂

Give me all your chocolate chips and nobody gets hurt…..!

My thoughts– YUM!!!!  Rich and creamy and I LOVED the gluten free crust (I would use it again for the flavor and consistency- and I’m not on a gluten free diet).  I really would use just whipped cream next time and skip the coffee altogether though- I think the two layers clashed in color- lol!  Really though– suprise your friends who have to be gluten free with this pie– they will love you for it!!!

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Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

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These fun little peanut butter cookies are SO easy– only 3 ingredients in the cookies (and gluten free!)  Add a pretzel and a little chocolate and you have a fun fall dessert!  Your kids will love helping you make these for your Thanksgiving table!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of peanut butter
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 bag (6 oz.) of Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts
  • chocolate sprinkles to decorate with

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine peanut butter, sugar and eggs.
  • Using about a tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it into an oblong roll (about the size and shape of a small jalapeno).  The cookies will spread when they cook and make a fun acorn oval once they are baked.
  • Break about 1/2 to 1 inch off of a pretzel rod and gently push it into the top of the cookie roll. (see photo!)

  • Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on parchment paper to cool.
  • Melt Wilton Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments (stirring between).
  • Dip top of cookie and pretzel  into chocolate (I used a spoon to make an even line across the top), tap cookie on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.
  • Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies before chocolate has hardened.

My thoughts:  I’ve loved this peanut butter cookie recipe for years and wanted to use it to make a fun fall-themed dessert.  It took a little experimenting with the shape of the dough before I got an acorn shaped cookie– my 1st few tries looked more like apples! 🙂  I just love how they turned out, they make me smile and use a favorite recipe– I hope you get a chance to try these this fall!  r-

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