Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites
teaspoons instant espresso powder (or 2 tsp. instant coffee granules)
tablespoons boiling water
stick unsalted butter (2 oz.)
cup sweetened shredded coconut
tablespoons graham cracker or shortbread-type cookie crumbs
ounces cream cheese, softened
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Line 24 (1 3/4-inch) mini muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water; set aside.
- For crust, in a medium-size nonstick skillet melt butter over medium-low heat. When bubbling, add coconut. Cook and stir until coconut is toasted and golden brown. Stir in graham cracker or cookie crumbs. Remove pan from heat.
- Spoon 1 tsp. crust mixture into each muffin cup; press firmly to pack. Place muffin tins in freezer. Keep remaining crust mixture at room temperature to use for topping.
- Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium bowl beat cream cheese with a sturdy spatula until softened, smooth, and creamy, Beat in the sugar, cinnamon, and salt until smooth and well blended. Beat in vanilla and espresso.
- Evenly spoon filling into crust in each muffin cup. Top each cup with a pinch of reserved crust mixture. With a fingertip, gently press topping into filling. Freeze about 1 hour, until firm.
From the Test Kitchen
Use the back of a teaspoon or a pestle to press the crust mixture firmly into the muffin cups.
Nutrition Facts(Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites)
- Per serving:
- 62 kcal cal.,
- 5 g fat
- (3 g sat. fat,
- 1 g monounsatured fat),
- 12 mg chol.,
- 30 mg sodium,
- 4 g carb.,
- 3 g sugar,
- 1 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet