Oh my, I have hit the jackpot with this one. I knew a few weeks ago that I had created a real winner, but now I have all the tools assembled and the final product is awesome!
If you are a cheesecake lover, these are for you. If you miss your ice cream, try these frozen and they are to die for good. I remember as a little girl, I loved our occasional trips to Dairy Queen. I loved the Brown Derby cones--the ones where they would make a vanilla soft serve cone, then dip it in the magical liquid chocolate that made a cold, crunchy shell on the outside. I loved the contrast in textures between the chocolaty outside and the creamy smooth ice cream. I know I always made a mess, and tried to eat it all up before the slabs of chocolate started melting and sliding down my hand. Ah, the memories!
Well, these are just about the same thing, only in a Dibs size. I have to admit I don't know exactly what a Dibs is in culinary terms, other than a bite of ice cream dipped in chocolate and served as a frozen treat. These qualify there, but they are less messy.
Read on for my version. You will want to try these!
First issue is the pan. When this recipe was still stewing in my brain, I used my Michael's coupon to purchase this silicon pan. It makes the bites all the same size, and cooks them uniformly. Worth six dollars in my opinion. I know this will be a recipe I use often. Since these will be a fabulous summertime treat, the individual squares will bake faster too. If you don't have one of these, use mini muffin cups, or use a standard dish and then cut the cheesecake into squares. For the dipping, make sure you have some coconut oil. This is a must have item for the shell to set up really fast.
16 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup powdered erythritol
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered erythritol (or to taste with any combination of sweeteners)
Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Beat cream cheese and eggs. Add in sour cream and sweetener. Poor into special baking mold or use mini muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees.
Remove from oven and let cool. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. When ready to dip, first prepare chocolate coating. In a ceramic mug or small bowl, melt coconut oil and then stir in cocoa powder and sweetener. Remove the frozen cheesecakes from their pan. Using tongs, dip each frozen bite into melted chocolate mixture. Set on foil to firm up. Eat frozen for an ice creamlike treat, or eat chilled for a cheesecake treat. Either way is great! My tray makes two batches, or 48 dibs.
As with most chocolates, you may prefer a sweeter version. Feel free to add a bit more sweetener. I usually prefer a combination of sweeteners, but tried to get a standard starting point for most tastes. Just keep in mind that I am a dark chocolate devotee, so I am likely to prefer a less sweet dib.
These need to be kept chilled or the coconut oil will melt. You might be able to dip them in real chocolate, but then you wouldn't be getting the thin chocolate shell, and you lose the health benefits of coconut oil.
Tell you how good these are--John asked me three times if I was sure they were legal for low carbers. I had terrible lighting tonight. I may try again tomorrow to get a better photo for these little treasures.
This is one of the recipes included in my new cookbook project, Low Carbing Among Friends.
This recipe is available in the book, along with over 60 additional 24/7 Low Carb Diner recipes. By ordering the book, you get more than 300 favorite gluten free recipes from four other well known low carb cooking experts…Jennifer Eloff of Splendid Low Carbing cookbook fame, Kent Altena, the Atkins Diet Geek and You Tube star, nutritionist and author Maria Emmerich of Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal, and popular blogger and food stylist, Carolyn Ketchum of All Day I Dream About Food. Unlike any other cookbook you may own, this one is a compilation of mini cookbooks featuring the talents of these well known low carbers. Think of it as a “best of” project.
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