Phyllo Covered Nutella Topped Baked Cheesecake Bites

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So, the other day, I managed to come home with half of a massive chocolate cheesecake.
I know…weird.
Stay with me.

It doesn’t really matter why I came home with half of a cheesecake but I quickly realized that if I didn’t do something with this cheesecake, I would have to wear my yoga pants the for the next few days.
You get it, right?
Sucks having a sweet tooth.

So, I decided that I would cut it into slices and freeze them individually so I could take out one piece at a time.  When I tried to transfer the cake from the box to a plate, it completely broke apart into a million pieces.
Did I tell you that I have a really hard time throwing anything away?
It’s not like it landed on the floor or anything…it landed on the plate…just in a million pieces.

So, call me crazy, but I threw the entire cake into my standup mixer and mixed it all up.  I lined a 9×13″ pan with plastic wrap and, using a spatuala, smoothed it in the prepared dish and froze it solid (overnight).

So now what?  I have frozen cheesecake bites.  But, why stop there.

Read on….

Ingredients:

One cheesecake (if it’s small, use a smaller baking dish – use whatever flavour you like – make it from scratch or buy a frozen one).
4-8 sheets of phyllo (did you know you can defrost a package of phyllo – usually takes time so overnight is the best – and then re-freeze whatever you don’t use)
Butter or cooking spray
sugar
Nutella


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1.  Open your box of phyllo and take out one sheet and place it on your counter (make sure to keep the rest covered with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out).  If you are using butter, melt it and brush some across the entire sheet with a pastry brush.  If you are a beginner (the sheets are very delicate so they might rip), you can just spray it with cooking spray and sprinkle liberally with sugar.  Repeat with 3 more sheets on top of each other.
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2.  Cut the sheet into 12 pieces (cut the big sheet into 3×4 pieces).
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3.  Take out your frozen cheesecake bites and take out 12 squares (you can bake more bites, but then you have to make more phyllo squares).  Keep the other cheesecake squares in the freezer for next time.
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4.  Put a spoonful of Nutella on top of each cheecake bite and place the bites on the squares.  Pinch them closed and put them into mini muffin tins.  Spray the tops with some more cooking spray and bake at 400 for about 10 minutes (until the tops are brown and the bottoms are crisp.
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5.  Put on a plate and serve hot with a scoop of cold ice cream.So, there you go.
Gonna think twice before you throw something away now, aren’t you?

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