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Mini Cheesecakes

24 February 2010

When I get sad, depressed, frustrated, or upset I do two things.  I go for a run, and I play in the kitchen, not necessarily in that order.  In fact, usually not in that order; I generally will make something sugary and carby and delicious, and then go for a run to get rid of it.  Eh, I’m okay with that.  At any rate, yesterday was cheesecake day.  I don’t have a spring-form pan, but I do have muffin tins and a recipe that calls for Vanilla Wafer crust cheesecake-cupcakes.  Sold.  These are deliciously light and fluffy, a cinch to whip up, and look absolutely stunning.  I will be making them over and over (and over and over).  I used Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese because it has a slightly lower fat and calorie content, but all the same goodness.  I’m sure this recipe would work equally well with cream cheese, however.

Mini Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 375′

Vanilla wafers

16 oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened (2 packages)
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice (I used half a lemon because I like it lemony)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

2 cups sour cream (1 pint)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Line cupcake tin with cupcake papers–I used the foil ones because this is a pretty dense cake and I didn’t want the papers to get all soggy and gross–and crush 2 vanilla wafers in each cup.  They don’t need to be powdered or anything, just break them up a bit.  Set aside.  (Recipe makes about 18 cheesecakes).

Whip Neufchatel cheese until fluffy in electric mixer.  Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla and stir to combine.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake 15 minutes.  Turn oven down to 300′.

Whip sour cream, sugar and vanilla together.  Spoon mixture on top of baked cheesecake and return to oven (now at 300′) for 5 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Top with fruit or chocolate or both, keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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3 Comments
  1. 24 February 2010 10:45 pm

    Well, hello, new friends. I’ll be sure to invite them over soon.

    • 25 February 2010 4:21 am

      Um, yes. Invite them over soon. And often. ;o)

      xox

  2. Kim permalink
    25 February 2010 4:09 pm

    These will have to be tried asap in my house :)

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