Christmas Tree Cheesecake Mousse Cups look just like a Christmas Tree with all the trimmings and even a little star on top.
Keyword Christmas Tree Cheesecake Mousse Cups
Prep Time 10minutes
Freezing for chocolate 10minutes
Total Time 10minutes
16oz.cream cheese softened
1boxcheesecake pudding mix (do not make)can substitute vanilla or white chocolate
green or other color food coloring for trees
piping bag with a large star tip
small star sprinkles or candies
For Chocolate Cups:
1packagechocolate almond bark or milk chocolate melting wafers
1bite sized candy cups mold
Chocolate Cups: The first step is to make the chocolate cups because they will need to harden before using them. Melt the chocolate according to package directions and spoon a little into your chocolate mold. Make sure to "paint" around the sides of the mold so that it forms a cavity in the middle and completely covers the sides. Freeze to harden around 10 minutes or so and then un-mold. Make the cheesecake filling as directed below to fill them.
For the cheesecake filling: Add cream cheese first and beat well on high for a minute. Next, add the cheesecake pudding mix and keep beating. Slowly add the heavy cream and powdered sugar until it's all mixed in. Add the food coloring until you achieve the color you want, but no more than 1 tsp. to make sure it doesn't thin out the filling too much.
At this point I suggest putting the mixture into the refrigerator for an hour which will help to thicken the filling or use the filling right away. Either way is fine, but your trees will be able to be taller if you let the mixture thicken in the refrigerator.
Put the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and fill each chocolate cup making swirling motions that get smaller as you go up to make the Christmas tree shape. Add sprinkles and stars. You can serve these right away or refrigerate (suggested) for 1 hour to help them set them up even more. Enjoy!