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Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites

Something Sweet on Valentine's Day

INGREDIENTS

1 box red velvet cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box

2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoon. heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Prepare red velvet cake batter according to box directions. Divide batter among liners and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Break 4 cupcakes into small crumbs. Save remaining cakes for another use.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cream cheese mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the freezer to chill, 1 hour.
  4. Roll balls in red velvet cake crumbs until fully coated, then return to prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

YIELDS: 28

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

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