Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mini Cheesecakes

A friend of mine turns 40 this week (Happy Birthday, Leslie!) and I got a request for mini cheesecakes to bring to pool league tonight. I thought they turned out kind of cute! Of course, I had to try one for quality control, ahem. Yeah, they pass.

This recipe is super easy, especially if you forget the graham cracker crumbs and use a Nilla Wafer in the bottom of each cup instead. I opted for the higher degree of difficulty (only because going to the store with the munchkins would have been a wash in level of difficulty)

Mini Cheesecakes

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted
dash of cinnamon
Mix all together and push down 1 T. crumb mixture into each muffin cup with the back of a spoon.

2 blocks cream cheese (ROOM TEMP - important!)
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest

Set oven to 350. Mix the cream cheese in a Kitchen Aid or with a hand beater until creamy and fluffy. Add rest of ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour a heaping spoonful into each cup. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve chilled.

For the chocolate decoration, I melted chocolate chips and used a ziplock with the tip cut off to squeeze out and make the design.


LouAnne said...

And they were oh so delicious! You could really taste the cinnamon in the crust. Thanks for sending some home for me! :-)

Cherie said...

I made these for my hubby`s birthday! We made it a cheese cake bar and I put out various toppings

so good!