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These little cakes resemble molten chocolate cakes, but are actually cheesecakes. The dessert may seem rich, but it’s made with nonfat cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. Bake them in a muffin tin and let them set in the fridge before turning out onto plates.

Ingredients

2 cups nonfat cottage cheese
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
9 chocolate wafer cookies, such as Famous
Whipped cream (optional), for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line 9 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners. In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, eggs, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, flour, espresso powder, and vanilla. Process until smooth, 4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Divide mixture among cups and place 1 cookie on top of each. Bake until fillings are set and cookies soften, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack, then refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours (or, covered, up to 3 days). To serve, invert cheesecakes onto plates and peel off liners. Top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

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