Since the fashion week party I'm throwing takes culinary inspiration from the Big Apple, I'm sticking with the theme and making a New York-inspired cheesecake for dessert.
To encourage that guests mingle, I'm going for a menu of mostly single-serving offerings. Dessert will be no exception: These mini-cheesecake snacks pack rich, chocolatey indulgence into pretty, bite-sized packages. To get the recipe, read more.
Crust Serves 12 to 15.
3/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
20 caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shortening or butter
Serves 12 to 15.