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Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Pops

(Family Features) - I love bridal showers. What fun to bring people together to shower the bride with affection and presents! And, of course, it's another reason to have some really good food. 

Finger foods work great for showers - bite-sized goodies let people nibble as they talk, mingle and enjoy the fun. So why not have a dessert that does the same thing?

These cheesecake pops are just the right size - guests can enjoy scrumptious cheesecake without overdoing it and feeling guilty! With so many different colored sprinkles and sugars available, it's easy to dress them up in the bride's wedding colors, too.

Using a frozen cheesecake saves loads of time. And here's another secret: the cheesecake balls don't have to look "pretty" before they are dipped in chocolate. Crust, cheesecake and all get covered in a coating of chocolate, smoothing over any imperfections. It may be a little messy, but everything works out when it is covered in chocolate!

Some of the most fun showers focus on a theme. Here are some ideas I'm looking forward to trying.

  • Around the House: Assign guests a room in the house and have them bring a gift for that room, like spa items for the bathroom and a tool kit for the garage.
  • Around the Clock: Each guest gets an hour of the day and gives a gift that will be useful during that hour. 7 a.m.? A coffee press. 11 p.m.? A cuddly blanket and sleep mask.
  • Four Seasons: Guests bring gifts suitable for each season - beach towels or lemonade glasses for summer, pie plates and spices for fall.

For more sweetly simple recipes and ideas, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Pops

Ingredients
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cheesecake
  • 22 to 24 lollipop or wooden craft sticks (found at cake decorating or craft stores)
  • Small ice cream scoop (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon size)
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups (11.5- to 12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet or Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • Colored sprinkles or sugars
  • 1/2 cup Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels (optional)

Preparation
    1. LINE baking sheet with wax paper.
    2. REMOVE cheesecake from freezer; thaw for 5 minutes. Cut cheesecake into 22 to 24 small even pieces.
    3. PRESS pieces of cheesecake, including crust, into ice cream scoop. Working quickly, shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. Press one lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Place on prepared baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
    4. MICROWAVE semi-sweet morsels and shortening in dry, medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
    5. DIP frozen cheesecake pops into melted chocolate; shaking off excess. Immediately decorate with colored sprinkles, sugars or mini morsels, if desired, before chocolate hardens. Working quickly, repeat with remaining cheesecake pops. Place on prepared baking sheet; freeze until ready to serve. Allow to soften for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Calories: 180g     Total Fat: 11g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 19g     Sodium: 45mg

Serves
Makes 22 to 24 pops

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.



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