I am obsessed with espresso. When our coffee maker pooped out on us recently I decided to invest in this guy because hello, $40 espresso machine? You can’t go to Starbucks 6 times for that! So I have a latte or a cappuccino every morning and it’s pretty much the best way to start the day. Needless to say, I was pretty excited with Sarah’s Project Pastry Queen choice of Cappuccino Cheesecake.

These cheesecakes start with a crust made of crushed Oreos (always a good way to start a cheesecake) and then the actual cheesecake itself has espresso and chocolate chips inside. It’s topped with a chocolate ganache after cooling. It’s a very simple cheesecake but it’s so rich and the little muffin-sized portions I made were the perfect sweet ending to dinner.

The changes I made: halved the recipe & got 8 tiny cheesecakes. Instead of covering the entire thing with the ganache, I made a dark chocolate drizzle with a tablespoon of butter and a handful of dark chips. You can get the original recipe over at 20 Something Cupcakes if you’re interested. And make sure you visit the Project Pastry Queen page to see how everyone else did.

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