Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brian's Birthday (mini) Cheesecakes

mini cheesecake recipe
My baking game has been off for a while now and so I went with an easy recipe I tore from a magazine ad for Brian's Birthday dessert.  Luckily, they turned out great and feeling redeemed, I wanted to share this no- fail crowd pleaser.

2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Almond extract
12 vanilla wafers

PREHEAT oven to 325 F.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and extracts; beat well.  Place a wafer in the bottom of 12 paper- lined muffin cups.  Spoon batter into each cup, dividing evenly between the 12 cups.

BAKE 22- 24 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool in pan on wire rack. {I don't have a wire rack, so I balanced my muffin tin between two chargers to cool the bottom.}  Mini cheesecakes will deflate in center upon cooling.

REFRIGERATE 4 hours or overnight.

ADD desired toppings.

I topped my cheesecakes with chocolate covered strawberries.  Some I rolled in gold sprinkles left over from Kinsey's pink and gold party.  

I melted the milk chocolate chips in a metal mixing bowl in a 175 F oven for 10 minutes.  That little tip gleaned from Damaris Phillips' Southern at Heart show on Food Network saved me from wrestling with a double boiler and I will be forever grateful.

And of course I dipped some Peeps into the left over chocolate :)

{Happy Birthday, Brian!!!}

Brian's 2013 Birthday celebration here.
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1 comment:

  1. Oh my word! Mini Cheesecakes? So delicious. Are they still considered 'mini' if you eat them all in one sitting? haha! I wouldn't be able to stop.


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