Citrus and chocolate make a fantastic combination in these White Chocolate Key Lime Cheesecake Bites. Since these little gems are so rich, they are perfect for mini-muffins. If you want larger pieces, use the same method as a sheet cake. I like to do both at the same time, half and half. Either way, your mouth will be in love.
White Chocolate Key Lime Cheesecake Bites Recipe
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 egg, at room temperature
2 Tablespoons fresh key lime juice (you may use Persian lime if necessary)
8 Tablespoons butter, melted, but at room temperature (1 stick)
1 box (18.25 ounces) French vanilla cake mix
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
4 eggs, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated rind from 1 lime (about 1 teaspoon)
1-1/2 cups (about) white chocolate chips
Finely grate the rind from 2 limes and set aside. (This is so fast and easy using a microplane.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line mini-muffin tins with paper liner cups.
For the Bottom:
Cream 4 ounces of cream cheese, 1 egg, lime juice, and butter together on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Blend in cake mix by hand until combined. This will take some elbow grease. Use a fold and mash technique with a large spatula. Do not add any liquid. It will be very thick, but piable like a soft dough. Press 1 teaspoon of mixture into bottom of each mini-muffin liner. Drop 3 to 4 white chocolate chips in each cup.
For the Topping:
Place cream cheese, 3 eggs, powdered sugar, lime juice, vanilla, and grated lime rind in a small bowl. Begin mixing on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase to medium speed and beat until smooth, at least 3 minutes or longer if need be. Drop about 1/2 tablespoon of mix into each muffin cup over vanilla base. Sprinkle with remaining lime zest.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 17 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
Yield: 6 dozen mini cheesecake bites
White Chocolate Key Lime Cheesecake Bites Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone