Just Me (only1opinion) wrote in mostlycheescake,
Just Me

Mini Cheesecakes

Hi! I was so excited to find this community because my husband is a nut for cheesecake. I prefer plain with a fruit sauce, but am constantly looking for something special to make for gifts and various occassions.

My brother was married a couple of years ago and I was asked to make mini cheesecakes for the reception. I had made numerous cheesecakes, but to make them small and offer a variety was fun. I made 200 of them the night before and it proved to be rather simple. Here's how I did it:

First, I took a very basic cheesecake recipe and multiplied it by 10. The original recipe called for

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Because I believe that the crust is a necessity in cheesecakes, I made a simple graham cracker crust mixture. I used cooking spray on muffin pans and carefully formed the crusts in the pans instead of using muffin cups.

  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
  • I portioned out some of the cheesecake mixture and added cocoa to some, chocolate chips to another portion, peanut butter chips to another, and left a large portion plain. I then filled the crusts and baked for about 20-25 minutes at 350. To add more variety, I topped many of the minis with 1 of the following:

    • Cherry
    • Strawberry
    • Blueberry
    • Shaved chocolate
    • Chocolate chip or peanut butter chip
    • Melted chocolate or peanut butter

    They were a hit and looked wonderful on tiered serving trays!

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