Really Easy Mini Cheesecakes
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)
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling (or another flavor such as apple or blueberry)
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.