My family loves to eat!  Whenever we have a get-together food  is at the center of the event.  Perhaps it’s the Hispanic culture that tends to feed an army most of the time but, nonetheless, there is always more than enough to eat.  Typically we have appetizers and a fantastic main-course spread, but what I oftentimes find lacking are the dessert options.  Not that we don’t have any, they’re just usually purchased at the supermarket.

This weekend I decided to change that.  My sister recently moved into her new home and invited the family over for dinner.  I decided to surprise the clan by bringing dessert – homemade dessert.  Practically a novelty in my family.

I didn’t want the recipe to take too long to make – and I didn’t want to make anything too fancy.  I settled on a recipe I found in December’s issue of All You magazine.  Yes, December – like, the Christmas issue.  Seems like a long time ago, but lately I’ve been going through a bunch of magazines, cookbooks and websites to find new recipes to make at home and then share on my blog.  My readers have given me great feedback about the feature and my family couldn’t be happier.  They love having new foods to eat that differ from our usual dinner repertoire.

For this family dessert, I decided to make a Double-Chocolate Cheesecake.  And boy am I glad I did!  This recipe went over so well with the fam – one member said it tasted like “Creamy Cocoa Puffs”.  It was so creamy…and sooo good!  Here’s what I did:

Heat oven to 325˚F.  Crush approximately 20 Oreo cookies and add 2 Tbsp of melted butter.  Mix together and press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.  Bake for 10 minutes and set aside.

Beat 4 packages (8 oz. each) of softened cream cheese with 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 Tbsp. of flour, and 1 tsp. vanilla with mixer until well blended.

Nicely blended, huh?

Add 8 oz. of melted, semi-sweet chocolate; mix well.

Then add 4 eggs (one at a time), mixing on low speed after each just until blended.  Pour over crust.  Bake for 1 hour or until center is almost set.

Refrigerate for 4 hours.  Sprinkle with blueberries and powdered sugar right before serving.

Hope you enjoy!

About the Author:

Amanda, the blogger behind Thoughts from Her is a Latina working mom to two kids in the Chicagoland area.  She started her personal blog a little over a year ago as a way to connect with friends and family and it has grown to become her creative outlet for discussing family life, creating crafts and sharing recipes.  You can see more of what she’s been up to at http://thoughtsfromher.com.

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