Young's Double Chocolate Cheesecake


Hi guys! I started grad school a few weeks ago and I've been super busy. I wish I had more time to make blog posts, but I'm also enjoying school so I guess it's okay. Hopefully I'll have time to make the Valentine's Day themed recipe I have in mind soon :)

So Food Loves Beer Magazine asked me to recreate my mini Choklat cheesecakes recipe using Young's Double Chocolate Stout for an article on decadent desserts. Their preview issue comes out in March and you can follow them on facebook and twitter. Definitely my kind of magazine :)

I used the chocolatey stout in the filling and in the sauce. It really comes through in the final product. The cheesecake also pairs really nicely with a glass of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It's like cookies and milk... except it's beer and cheesecake.

Enjoy and happy Super Bowl day!

Crust:
  • 40 graham crackers (~ 1 1/2 cups crushed)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
Filling:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese 
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp butter 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Directions:
Makes 18 mini cheesecakes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Crush the graham crackers finely and combine with the butter and sugar. Press mixture into bottoms of greased muffin tins or baking cups. Bake the crusts alone for about 5 minutes. For the filling, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar using an electric mixer. Add in the vanilla and eggs as you continue mixing. Mix in the beer. Pour filling into the muffin tins and bake for about 22 minutes until set. For the chocolate sauce, bring the half and half to a simmer with the butter. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, sugar and beer.

Note: This recipe makes a thinner sauce than shown in the picture. I melted in more chocolate chips so I could photograph it without the sauce spilling off. You can do the same if you prefer a thicker sauce :)