Friday, April 1, 2011

a SUNNY walk...to get the goods for mini cheesecakes. oh yes.

Yesterday it was GORGEOUS outside. Alleluia!
So I jumped at the opportunity to take a lovely walk with little B in tow to the grocery store. I needed some ingredients to make mini cheesecakes for the sweet women I visit teach. We took the long way there, and soaked up every sign of spring...oh life was good :)
And I couldn't resist the mini Haagen-Dazs sorbet calling out to me as I walked through the freezer isle to get to the dairy section. Those tiny containers of icecream/sorbet never let me down when I have a craving for something sweet...and today, it was raspberry. Brooks and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it's sweet/tart goodness :)

Then onto the cheesecakes! My friend Lindsey makes the best little cheesecakes that are so good and so easy!
I googled a similar recipe to hers...and chose one from allrecipes.com. Then I jazzed it up a bit...

MINI CHEESECAKES

Ingredients:
6-7 oz. of Nilla Wafers (use a little more than half of the 12 oz. box...)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
toppings (strawberries, chocolate, cherry pie filling, etc.)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line mini muffin tins with miniature paper liners.
2. Crush the vanilla wafers, and place 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed vanilla wafers into each paper cup.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. (I used a hand mixer, on the highest level, and it took about 7 minutes). Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture almost to the top.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool.
5. Top with desired toppings.
- diced strawberries sweetened with sugar
- drizzle with white and milk chocolate
- cherry pie filling (21 oz. can)
I'm not a huge fan of the canned pie filling...so for half of them I melted some white and milk chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup each) and put the chocolate in ziplock bags with the tip cut off, and drizzled/piped the chocolate on top. And for the other half of the cheesecakes, I diced up some strawberries (about 8) and tossed them with some sugar (about 2 tablespoons).
Both kinds were delicious!
And the forecast today is supposed to be even better :)
Hope it's sunny wherever you are!
HAPPY FRIDAY!

17 comments:

Meredith said...

yum!! could you please ship a few of those to philadelphia please :)

Emma said...

Yumm!!! Love the pictures, and will for sure be trying this recipe. Thanks for posting!! :D
PS: B looked so cute on your walk.

jordan said...

Everything you make seriously makes me hungry, I love it!

Adam and Jamie said...

oooh! Those look DELISH! Haley you always leave the sweetest comments on my blog. For not knowing me that well, you sure are a sweetheart! In answer to your question, yes, i feel her move tons every day. It's wonderful!

christine donee said...

I just died and went to heaven

Alli said...

omg. Those cheesecakes look ah-mazing!!! Will definitely be trying those soon! Love the cute pics of you and Brooks together!

Chelsea said...

i must make those mini cheese cakes!

xoxo

brooks is a doll.

kylee said...

well goodness i wish you were my visiting teacher. those look fabulous!

Nell said...

Mini Haagen-Dazs and mini cheesecakes? A-mazing!! And look how beautifully happy Brooks is. Too cute! xx

Mom Photographer said...

OMG they look heavenly!!! I'm gonna try them! Thanks for sharing!

Eva Marie said...

Can you say YUM!!!!!

Deveny said...

Those look so amazing, especially on my empty stomach. :) I then of course had to troll around looking at your other recipes which also look so delicious. I'll have to try some this week!

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

MMmmm, I love these little cheesecake cupcakes tey sound delicious and they look beautiful!!

Hope you had an excellent weekend!

xo, Ashley

Nicole Marie said...

cheesecake is literally my favorite dessert i think

Shalyn said...

Hmm, usually I am not big on ANYTHING with the word "mini" in the title, ha! But I may just need to try these:-) Thanks for the recipe!

Ashley said...

HALEY, you are the cutest and most fun mommy ever. Really! Look how cute these mini cheesecakes are. I could eat 10 of them.

Carolee Beckham said...

yum yum yum.

again the hunger bug strikes while looking at your blog. virtual delivery please?! :)

btw... i've featured you as one of the lovely blogs worth following- and have given you a sweet little award for your lovely blog. just part of my campaign right now to "pay it forward". :) http://blog.caroleebeckham.com/2011/04/award-for-me.html

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