The morning started off with a picture scavenger hunt to get their"prizes," hunting eggs, and a big breakfast.
If you can get over the gross picture and still want to try it here is the recipe...I promise it really is good!
Chocolate Layered Cheesecake
- 1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons butter
Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. In a small bowl, combine water and cinnamon; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Divide batter in half. Stir melted chocolate into one portion; pour over crust. Stir water/cinnamon mixture into the remaining batter; spoon over chocolate layer.
Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 16 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with coffee beans if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings
Lastly, I wanted to share something sweet that Tyler said today.
Tyler: "Mama, him has no shoes on." (In an enormous voice...bound to be heard by all)
Me: Nodding and tapping my finger to my lips in an effort to quiet him down.
Tyler: "Him betters gets hims shoes on...dats dangerous!"
Me: Trying not to laugh and still motioning for him to stay quiet
Tyler: "Oh mama,(now in his sweetest and softest voice) hims hands have an ouchie...He needs a bandaid."
How I love that little guy!