Saturday, April 17, 2010

These mini cheesecakes are a snap!

Hey all, the Ungourmet here. A couple of days ago we celebrated the birth of my dear husband. I wanted to make him something extra special for dessert. I decided on cheesecake since he loves it so much. It was my first time making it. I was happy to find that my lucky apron was clean and ready for the task. I slipped it on and got to it. The original recipe calls for a graham cracker crust but I thought gingersnaps would be more fun! This recipe was a snap and I love that these are just the right size for a nearly guilt-free treat.

mini strawberry cheesecakes with gingersnap crust
inspired by 500 cupcakes

makes 24 cheesecakes

2 cups gingersnap cookies
10 tbsp melted butter
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups softened cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
3 eggs, lightly beaten
fresh sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place 24 paper baking cups into muffin pans.

Put the cookies into a food processor and pulse until you end up with course crumbs. Stir in the butter. Place a tbsp of this mixture into each paper cup and press firmly into the bottom. Chill until set.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta until smooth. Add the cream cheese, vanilla and confectioner's sugar, blending until smooth. Slowly add the eggs, blending well. Spoon mixture evenly into each cup over crust.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool 5 minutes. Then, remove the cheesecakes and cool on a wire rack. Chill until ready to serve. Top with sliced strawberries.

My husband loved these and I know you will too. Slip on your aprons and give 'em a try! :)

6 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Suzi said...

As always Kim, I will be giving these a try. They look absolutely divine.

Tara Beaulieu said...

Oh my gosh this recipe looks (and sounds) heavenly! My husband's birthday is coming up and he loves cheesecake, but we are going away so a whole cheesecake in the fridge would go to waste, these will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog and i loooooove your aprons but when i saw these i was in heaven! im massivly addicted to cheese cake and so is my husband. im going to go to the grocery store right now and get supplies to do these too! i think im going to use vanilla waffers though see how those work out! my blog is http://backyarddish.blogspot.com/ i would love it if you would follow me. im trying to build followers. thanks and have a great week!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

These are totally precious!

Jude said...

This takes the kitschy (and that's good) old standby and makes it even cooler -- and is there ANYONE who doesn't love these darlings? I watched Julie and Julia again last night, and all I can say is...yum!

Jude at dolcecapecod.blogspot.com

Miss CherryBubbles said...

Oohh, those look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe :)