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Divine Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins & A Giveaway #DivineInNYC

Chocolate is my weakness. If there was an AA group for it, I would be a member for life. Now that the holidays are here, its even worse. It’s everywhere! I was excited when I was asked to review Divine Chocolate, a pioneering Fair Trade brand. Its is the only Fair Trade chocolate brand that is 45% owned by its farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. When the package arrived, I was more than thrilled!

Since I’m not great in the kitchen, I decided to try something simple because I was eager to use one of these amazing bittersweet chocolate baking bars. My son loves chocolate as well so I figured making some chocolate cheesecake muffins would be best for us to try & work together on. It was a bit of task since our mixer wasn’t cooperating with us so I had to opt to use the blender. The cheesecake mix looked so pretty.

My little helper prepared the muffin pans with liners while I manually whipped the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Whew who knew baking was so much work!

I have to say they didn’t come out too bad. I’m sure I missed something but the chocolate tasted so good! We even licked the bowl.

Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy! (Recipe by was inspiration)
1/2 cup sugar
2 (3oz) packages cream cheese softened
1 large egg
1 5.3oz Divine bittersweet baking bar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 Divine baking cocoa
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 F. Line 24 medium muffin cups with paper baking cups. Beat 1/2 cup sugar and cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg until smooth. Stir in chocolate; set aside.
Beat remaining ingredients in large bowl on high speed 3 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups batter.
Fill each muffin cup 1/3 full. Spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture onto batter in each cup. Top each cup with reserved batter.
Bake 30 -35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Store in Refrigerator.

We enjoyed eating the rest of the bars. My favorite was the Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt. What a great combo! 

To purchase Divine Chocolate please check out their site.

Divine Chocolate has been generous to offer a wonderful basket of heavenly goodies to 3 BoyzRuleOurWorld readers! Giveaway open to US only. Giveaway ends 11/30/12 11:59pm. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours. Divine Chocolate is responsible for delivery of prize.

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<3 Denise


  1. My fav recipe is spice cake & pumpkin…2 ingredients…best muffins for breakfast EVER!

  2. Turtle pretzels. We make them every year to give to family and friends.
    Thanks so much.

  3. Buckeyes – oddly enough there seems to be more when they are made than when they are delivered. Hmmmmm

    ky2here at msn dot com

  4. My favorite holiday recipe is Soft Sugar Cookies my Mom used to make.

  5. peanut clusters…everyone loves them and so easy tomake

    Bud Lisa samson – rc form name

  6. My favorite holiday recipe is coconut macaroons.

  7. My favorite holiday recipe is Gingerbread Biscotti.

  8. Ellen Ellen

    low calorie crustless pumpkin pie

    kafkaesk -at- verizon -dot- net

  9. red velvet cake

    Ladcraig at hotmail dot com

  10. MIne is snickerdoodles

  11. Sarah S Sarah S

    Fudge s2inamug at aim dot com

  12. I love sugar cookies decorating with icing. I have such fond memories of making them with my Mom and Aunt growing up!

  13. Jennifer M Jennifer M

    Peanut butter balls, simple enough for me not to mess up. :0)

  14. Pumpkin cake roll. I’m going to try those cupcakes too!

  15. Mary Calabrese Mary Calabrese

    I love pumpkin pie.

  16. Jen Jen

    Peanut Butter roll

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