Mini Cheesecakes

mini-cheesecake-1Since my father passed away earlier in December, this Christmas was bittersweet. I think my cooking and baking has reflected my sadness. So these mini blueberry cheesecakes I made weren’t given the usual attention and detail that I normally like to give my recipes that I post. So I apologize if the pictures aren’t as appealing as the mini cheesecakes really are.

 CRUST INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 graham cracker sheets
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick of melted butter

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

To make the crust:

  1. Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are crumbs.
  2. Add sugar and melted butter and pulse until well combined.
  3. Press 1-2 tablespoons into the bottom of your cupcake liners.mini-cheesecake-2

 

To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric hand mixer, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth
  2. Add heavy whipping cream, vanilla and almond extract, and lemon juice. Mix on high for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Pour filling over crusts to the rim of each cupcake liner.
  3. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. I made mine the night before, so it was refrigerated for 12 hours.mini-cheesecake-3

To make the topping:

  1. Combine the blueberries, sugar, butter, cornstarch, vanilla extract and lemon juice into a small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium high heat for about five minutes.  Stir frequently until the blueberries breakdown and the sauce thickens.
  3. Let cool down and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Are you ready to serve? Let’s go:

  1. Carefully remove the mini cheesecakes from the cupcake liners.
  2. Arrange on a platter and spoon the blueberry sauce over the top of each mini cheesecake.mini-cheesecake-4

 

This recipe yields 12 mini cheesecakes. Double the recipe if you have a larger crowd to feed. You can substitute any berry for the topping. I just like blueberries the most.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Blueberry Cheesecake Bar 1Phew! All the prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving is over. Don’t get me wrong. I love cooking for the family holiday dinners. But this year, I was off my game a bit. I didn’t have to host or cook for Thanksgiving last year. Maybe the year off made me rusty? I was so frazzled and disappointed with myself that I totally forgot about blogging the desserts I made. Thank goodness, my sister-in-law reminded me before it was too late for at least one of them. Sorry I don’t have all the step by step pictures that I like to take. But at least I got one of the final product before it was all eaten up! The good news is this is a no bake recipe. So that precious oven time and space during the holiday dinners won’t be needed.

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 graham cracker sheets
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each package) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

BLUEBERRY SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

To make the crust:

  1. Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are crumbs.
  2. Add sugar and melted butter and pulse until well combined.
  3. Press into the bottom of an 8 X 8 inch pan.

To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric hand mixer, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Add heavy whipping cream, vanilla and almond extract, and lemon juice. Mix on high for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Pour filling over crust.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. I made mine the night before, so it was refrigerated for 12 hours.

To make the sauce:

  1. Combine the blueberries, sugar, butter, cornstarch, vanilla extract and lemon juice into a small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium high heat for about five minutes.  Stir frequently until the blueberries breakdown and the sauce thickens.
  3. Let cool down and refrigerate until you are ready to serve the cheesecake.

Are you ready to serve? Let’s go:

  1. Cut cheesecake into squares and gently remove from the pan.
  2. Arrange on a platter and spoon the blueberry sauce over the top of each square.
  3. Garnish with whip cream or mint sprigs. (Optional)

Blueberry Cheesecake Bar 2

Easy Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Cups

sugar cookie cherry cheesecake cupsIngredients

  • 2 bars of cream cheese 16 oz total
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon (or vanilla or other extract)
  • 1 log of sugar cookie dough
  • 1 can of pie filling (cherry, strawberry, lemon, etc.)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven according to sugar cookie dough package directions.
  2. Place cupcake liners in a regular cupcake pan.
  3. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Place 1/4″-1/2″ slice of cookie dough into bottom of each liner (may have to use fingers  to create crust layer).
  5. Bake crust layer for roughly 10 minutes (they will make the liners a bit greasy).
  6. After crust is done. IMMEDIATELY add about 2 tablespoons of cheesecake mixture in the middle of the crusts and place back in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Refrigerate for an hour and top with pie filling of choice.
  8. Remove liners when ready to serve and plate.
  9. Makes about 18-24 cups