Really Easy Mini Cheesecakes

by jerseygirl on June 2, 2008 · 17 comments

Today I went with one of my neighbors to the Ronald McDonald House. This is such a great organization. They provide a home away from home for families with sick children. My neighbor goes there once a month to cook dinner for about 40 people. I was lucky to have the task of making dessert. We prepared the food in advance but they have a large beautiful kitchen that you can use if you wish.

I needed something easy to make but wanted it to look pretty. I decided to bake mini cherry cheesecakes. I had never made these before so I made sure I had some extra cookies and brownies for just in case. I went online and picked a simple recipe from Allrecipes. After they were baked, I tried one and was slightly worried. The paper stuck a little to the cheesecake. The problem was solved after they were chilled longer. So make sure you chill them for a few hours before serving. Also make a note that there will be extra cookies and pie filling left. The recipe below is adapted  from Allrecipes. If you would prefer a different fruit flavor, you can always use, apple, blueberry or some other fruit.
The cute little cheesecakes came out great. This was such a rewarding experience. When some of the appreciative families saw the cheesecakes, they had a few bites of dessert first. I also made a few cupcake size ones. I baked those for about 5 minutes longer. I will definitely be making these again. Maybe next time with a different topping.
MINI CHERRY CHEESECAKES  (Slightly Adapted from Allrecipes)
INGREDIENTS:
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling (or another flavor such as apple or blueberry)
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line miniature muffin tins  paper liners.
2. Crush the vanilla wafers in a plastic bag and place 1/2 teaspoon of crumbs  into each paper liner.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill the  muffin liners with this mixture, almost to the top.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Top with a teaspoonful of cherry pie filling or other desired fruit filling.

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Emiline June 3, 2008 at 2:38 am

Yum! And they’re so cute!

I toured the Ronald McDonald house a few years ago. They held a dessert cook-off for charity, and I got to participate. It’s a nice organization.

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Tanya June 3, 2008 at 7:14 am

Yum! I could eat about 5 of those right now! Thanks for sharing this fun and delicious recipe.

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Patsyk June 3, 2008 at 9:29 am

What a wonderful way to share that dessert. I’ve never visited a Ronald McDonald house. It sounds like your contribution was really appreciated.

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Prudy June 3, 2008 at 10:06 am

Perfect recipe for a perfect cause. I admire you and your neighbor for such your service.

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RecipeGirl June 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

We did these for our Superbowl party this year. They’re addicting!

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Catherine Wilkinson June 3, 2008 at 11:56 am

You’re the BEST! We’ve stayed at Ronald McDonald house many times because of our daughter’s illness…there isn’t a better charity. These lovely cheesecakes are perfect…! Kudos for donating your time and talent!

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Rosie June 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm

WOW they look so wonderful and such a great way to share dessert!!

Rosie x

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Jeena June 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Ronald Mcdonald House sounds like a lovely organization, how nice that you could participate in the cooking.

The cheesecakes look very delicious. 🙂

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Clumbsy Cookie June 3, 2008 at 6:53 pm

They’re so cute Lisa and what a lovely thing to do.

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Veronica June 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Oh boy, those look tasty! I love mini cheesecakes…so much easier to eat and so much easier to not eat too much!

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Lori June 4, 2008 at 4:04 am

I’ve always enjoyed these ever since I was young!

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giz June 4, 2008 at 4:45 am

The minis are so oute and I’m sure well received. I especially like that you did it for charity. We all need to give back to our communities. WTG

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EAT! June 4, 2008 at 8:18 am

One of my favorite recipes. I love bite-sized desserts.

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Ann June 4, 2008 at 10:08 am

Great recipe for a great cause. And so adorable, too!

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Jenny June 4, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Those are so much fun! I love making mini cheesecakes! What a great sounding recipe too!

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Lisa June 5, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Emiline,
A dessert cook off…how fun!

Tanya,
Yes, I ate 5 myself!

Patsy,
It was abeautiful place.

Thank you, Prudy!

Recipe Girl,
That is a great idea for a Superbowl party.

Catherine,
I am glad there is such a nice place for families of sick children.

Thanks Rosie, Jeena and Clumsy Cookie!

Veronica, Lori, Giz, Eat,
yes, mini desserts are convenient!

Thanks Ann and Jenny!

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