Thursday, April 15, 2010

Weekend Fare: Mini Cheesecakes

I'm digging through my archives today because the truth is, we are still living in a hotel. The only opportunities I've really had to cook are at my parent's house. Hopefully we will be back home by the weekend. I'm anxious to begin cooking again - I've missed it!

This recipe is so simple and so delicious! I love them for showers or holidays or pitch-ins. You can easily modify this recipe by omiting the lemon zest and adding mini chocolate chips or by using lime or orange zest, or whatever else sounds good! They are wonderful and quick for unexpected company or weekend treats.

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1 c. crushed vanilla wafers
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Fresh fruit - strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, whatever you like tossed with a bit of sugar and citrus juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line miniature muffin tins with miniature paper liners. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed vanilla wafers into each paper cup.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture, almost to the top.

Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Top with fruit just before serving. Garnish with whip cream if desired. Makes about 48 miniature cheesecakes.


  1. Aww..these are just adorable!! :-D Thanks for posting. Must make these really really really soon lol! Also, sorry Alaina about your hotel dilemma. Hotels are not (despite what they claim) a "home away from home". After a while, I would just want my own bed back. And my comfy chair. And my kitchen counters. And my stove. And my oven. And my freezer (ice cream!). I think you get the point. Btw was it really THAT bad?! So bad that you had to go and live in a hotel for like what (correct me if I'm wrong!) two months?! I feel for you...

  2. I have two packages of cream cheese that are about to expire, so I'm planning to make these this weekend. Perfect, thanks!

  3. We used to make these for our bake sales at school. We did not crush the wafers we just put one in the bottom of the liner. They fit just right. You can use any cookie that is about that size.
    It just eliminates one step and part of the mess.

  4. The Cooks Next DoorApril 15, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Yep, it was really that bad. It's been a month since it happened. We move home this weekend. Unfortunately when you have a protein fire like we did, it coats everything. We would get headaches and sore throats just from being in the house for less than an hour. Thankfully it is all cleaned now!