So, since it's raining... and I'm dead tired... I decided to revisit some of my favorite old recipes.
First up... Cheesecake Pops. These are amazing. Just make a simple cheese cake recipe, once the cheesecake sets, roll into small balls; insert lollipop stick, and freeze. Dip in your favorite toppings, and your on your way.
(5) 8oz pkgs of cream cheese, room temperature
2 c sugar
1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
5 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 heavy cream
boiling water as necessary
lollipop sticks (30-40)
1lb chocolate, finely chopped (white chocolate is harder to use)
2 tbsp vegetable shortening
Preheat oven to 325. Start boiling some water.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt until smooth (low speed if using mixer). Add whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time. Add vanilla and cream. Beat until smooth.
Grease 10" cake pan (not spring foam) and pour batter in. Place this pan inside a larger rosting pan with boiling (fill 1/2 up sides). Bake 35-45 minutes or until firm and light golden brown. Remove from water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold (4 hours or overnight).
Scoop 2oz ball and place on parchment paper, on a baking sheet. Insert sticks. Freeze pops, uncovered, until hard - at least 1 hour. After the pops are frozen you can then dip them into melted chocolate and decorate with nuts, sprinkles, etc.