The holidays are always a time of sharing special things. One of those things is the seasonal treats that so many look forward to every year. In many households, there are favorite sweets or dishes that only come once a year and create great memories.
One of the more intimidating items to make is cheesecake. It’s one of those treats that are well-loved, but most people are afraid to attempt to make it. Surprisingly, it’s easier to do than people think.
The key to any type of baking is precise measurements, proper techniques, and quality ingredients, and cheesecake is no exception.
According to the website www.southernliving.com, a water bath is one of those things that can help you make a great cheesecake.
One reason why mini cheesecakes are so much fun during the holidays is that they are great to share at gatherings and parties. There are so many things to eat and try, that it satisfies your craving for cheesecake but it doesn’t fill you up so you can’t enjoy other foods. It’s also easy and convenient to eat.
There are countless types of cheesecakes but what makes them interesting is that the base of the cheesecake filling is only the beginning. You can swirl in different types of chocolate or fruit mixtures or top it off with various fruit. You can also use chocolate or oreo type cookies for the crust.
Depending on what type of cheesecake you like, make sure to create the filling you enjoy. A major question among cheesecake lovers is done you like the filling with or without sour cream. Some people use sour cream or a bit of lemon juice to get a tang. Greek yogurt, crème Fraiche, and even heavy cream are sometimes used instead of sour cream, or the sour cream is omitted altogether. This recipe does not use sour cream.
The recipe from the website www.meatloafandmelodrama.com is very easy to do with few ingredients. Their web page has lots of good things to enjoy.
Mini Cheesecakes with a graham cracker crust and creamy filling are baked in a muffin pan for a simple bite-sized dessert. This cheesecake recipe is easy and delicious. Top with your favorite fresh fruit or pie filling.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
For the Crust
- 2/3 cup crushed graham crackers
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
For the Filling
- 1 8-oz package plus 3 ounces softened cream cheese 11 ounces total
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Line a 12-cup muffin tin with parchment or paper baking cups
For the Crust
- Mix the melted butter with the crushed graham crackers and 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Press about 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker crust mixture into each muffin cup, bake for 5 minutes and set aside
For the Filling
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth and creamy
- Add the vanilla extract
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time until blended. Don't over mix
- Pour the filling over the graham cracker crusts, and fill each muffin cup about ¾ full
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the filling is firm
- Remove from oven, and let cool, then cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Top with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or your favorite topping.
The recipe requires about 25 total minutes to cook for crust and filling and 2 hours to chill before serving.
Use a standard muffin tin for this recipe.
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