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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake


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Serves 12 | Prep Time | Cook Time

Ingredients

2 TB unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for greasing muffin cups
12 chocolate wafers such as Nabisco Famous (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream
Special equipment:
nonstick mini-muffin pan with 12 (1/8-cup) muffin cups
Garnish:
bittersweet chocolate shavings (made with a vegetable peeler)


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.


Butter muffin cups.


Crust:


Grind wafers to a fine powder in a food processor.


Mix together wafer crumbs, 2 tablespoons butter, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a bowl with a rubber spatula until combined well.


Divide crumbs among muffin cups, then firmly press onto bottom and a little up side of each cup with your fingertips or with bottom of an 1/8-cup measure by twisting measure.


Bake 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool in muffin pan 10 minutes.


Gently rotate crusts with your fingertips to loosen and turn out onto rack.


Filling:


Beat together cream cheese, zest, and remaining brown sugar (3 tablespoons plus 1/3 teaspoon) with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy.


Beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds stiff peaks. Stir about one third of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture to lighten, then gently fold in remaining whipped cream until just combined.


Mound filling into crusts with a spoon (or pipe filling into crusts with a pastry bag) and serve, or chill until ready to serve.


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Notes

I'm confused. Why are these named Chocolate Orange when there is no mention of oranges in the ingredients/recipe!(Other than the small amount of grated zest).

I'm confused. Why are these named Chocolate Orange when there is no mention of oranges in the ingredients/recipe!

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