Wow your guests & make these ultimate indulgence – Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites. Luxuriously rich & dense pressure cooker cheesecake paired with a buttery crisp crust, drowned in creamy blend of chocolate.
Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
1. How to Keep Instant Pot Cheesecakes from Cracking?
We tested three cooking times in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Test 1: High Pressure 10 minutes + Natural Release – all the surfaces slightly cracked
Test 2: High Pressure 9 minutes + Natural Release – 3 out of 8 surfaces have slightly cracked
Test 3: High Pressure 7 minutes + Natural Release – all surfaces were smooth
2. How to Keep Instant Pot Cheesecakes from Sticking to the Silicone Cups?
Cheesecake will shrink while it is cooling. It is vital to run your thumb against the rim of the baking cups after cooling for 5 minutes. This will separate the sides of the cheesecake from the baking cups.
3. Why Bake the Crust in the Oven?
Baking the crust in the oven will yield a firmer and crisp crust compared to freezer version.
4. What Chocolate to Use?
It’s up to you! Choose your favorite chocolate to melt. But keep in mind, don’t use one that’s overly sweet (e.g. milk chocolate), as it’ll overpower the cheesecake bite. If you like, blend in some dark chocolate too.
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2 teaspoons to 1.5 tablespoon (8.3g - 19g) brown sugar (depending on your desired sweetness)
Optional: ¼ cup (32g) all-purpose flour (If you are blind-baking the crust)
16 ounces (454g) Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
⅔ cup (133g) white sugar
½ cup (120g) sour cream, room temperature
2 tablespoons (16g) cornstarch
2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
⅔ - 1 pound (300 – 454g) your favorite semi-sweet chocolate bits or mix in some dark chocolate (see tips #4)
2 – 3 tablespoons (26g – 39g) coconut oil
*Use roughly 1 tbsp of coconut oil per ⅓ pound (150g) of chocolate
Critical Tip: We highly recommend using a Hand Mixer to mix the cheesecake batter instead of a Stand Mixer. Stand Mixers are often more powerful, thus you can easily overmix and introduce too much air into the cheesecake batter. This may result in a puffy souffle-style cheesecake.
Preparation: Place 16 ounces (454g) cream cheese, 2 large eggs, ½ cup (120g) sour cream on counter-top to reach room temperature. Then, melt the 3 - 4 tablespoons (42g - 56g) unsalted butter. *Pro Tip: this is critical for your cheesecake's success, so please make sure all the above ingredients are at room temperature before you start. If not, you may end up with lumpy fluff top cheesecake. So don't skip this step! 🙂
Make the Cheesecake Crust: Finely ground the graham crackers in a food processor or place the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag, then roll them with a rolling pin.
In a small mixing bowl, mix finely ground graham crackers, a pinch of sea salt, and 2 tsp (8.3g) to 1.5 tbsp (19g) brown sugar together with a fork. Mix in ¼ cup (32g) all-purpose flour if you are blind-baking the crust. Mix in roughly 3 - 4 tbsp (42g - 56g) unsalted butter until the mixture sticks together.
Place about 1 tbsp graham cracker crumbs into each silicone baking cups. Gently press down the crumbs with a spoon to form a nice, even layer.
Place the baking cups in the freezer while making the cheesecake mixture (Skip this step if you are baking the crust in the oven).
Optional - Blind-Bake the Cheesecake Crust: Place the baking cups in a 325°F oven for 12~15 minutes.
Make the Cheesecake Mixture: Mix 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch, a pinch of sea salt, and ⅔ cup (133g) white sugar together.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese over low speed with a hand mixer until creamy. Add in half of the sugar mixture and beat until incorporated using low speed.
Scrape down the sides and the hand mixer with a silicone spatula every time a new ingredient is added. Add the remaining sugar mixture and beat until incorporated using low speed.
Add ½ cup (120g) sour cream and 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until incorporated using low speed.
Blend in two eggs using low speed, one at a time. Mix well after adding each egg. Try not to overmix on this step.
Scrape down the sides and the hand mixer with a silicone spatula and fold a few times to make sure everything is fully incorporated.
Fill the baking cups to ⅔ full with cream cheese mixture.
For Smooth Surface: Tap the baking cups against the counter a few times to let the air bubbles rise to the surface. Burst the air bubbles with a toothpick. Tap it a few more times until no air bubbles rise to the surface.
Pressure Cook Cheesecake: Pour 1 cup (250 ml) of cold running tap water into the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Place the baking cups on top of a trivet that doesn’t touch the water. Close the lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes and Full Natural Release. The natural release will take roughly 7 minutes. Open the lid carefully.
Cool Cheesecake: Remove the baking cups from the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and place them on a wire rack. After a few minutes, carefully run your thumb against the rim of the baking cups to avoid the cheesecake from sticking to the sides.
Chill the Cheesecake in the Fridge: Once the cheesecake baking cups have completely cooled, loosely cover them with aluminum foil. Then, place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 – 6 hours.
Two Methods to Melt the Chocolate:
Easier Double-Boiler Method: Fill a sauce pan half full with water. Bring it to a boil on the stovetop over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Place ⅔ pound (300g) chocolate and roughly 2 tbsp coconut oil in a mixing bowl (that fits in the sauce pan). Use the gentle heat to slowly melt the chocolate. Stir until completely melted.
Alternative Method: Place chocolate and roughly 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Melt chocolate over the lowest heat setting on your stovetop. Stir with a silicone spatula. Place the sauce pan on and away from the heat to control the temperature. Stir until chocolate completely melted.
Cover Cheesecake with Chocolate: Remove cheesecake bites from the baking cups. Dip them into the melted chocolate. Smooth the surface with a fork and place them on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving. Don't leave them too long in the freezer, as we don't want frozen cheesecake.
Serve: Remove the chocolate cheesecake bites from the freezer and serve immediately. Enjoy!! 🙂