Friday, December 17, 2010

Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafer Crust

I made these for Father's Day this past year, and I also just made them again for Thanksgiving.  I'm pretty proud of myself for this one.  I've never made cheesecake before, so I was a little nervous about how they'd turn out, but they were great!  They would be good to bring to parties, potlucks, wedding or baby showers.. anything, really!  And they're already in single servings which makes them so easy.  Okay, let's start with the crust..

Vanilla Wafer Crust
  • Foil cupcake liners
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed vanilla wafers 
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix all ingredients together until crumbly.  Press into each cupcake liner to make a small crust for your cheesecakes.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.  This would be great for a full-sized crust for your favorite pie, too!  I just love vanilla wafers.

Mini Cheesecakes
recipe by Bakerella
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
Mix all the ingredients together, then spoon approximately 3 tablespoons of the mix into each cupcake liner, over the baked crust.  You'll want them to be fairly full because they will sink down once they cool.. making a perfect little well for the toppings.  Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  When they're done, put them on a cooling rack to cool completely.  I suggest to chill in the fridge for a few hours before topping and serving them.

You can be creative and top them with whatever you want:  chocolate, caramel, turtle topping, cherry, blueberry, sweetened whipped cream and strawberries, canned pie filling, fresh fruit... totally your choice.  I did half of mine with cherry pie filling and the other half with chocolate ganache and strawberries!  They were a hit!


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