As a substitute of an enormous dessert, I am all the time going to recommend utilizing a muffin pan to make a cute tiny one as an alternative! These mini cheesecakes with graham cracker crust are baked in a cupcake pan. This can be a small batch recipe that makes simply 4, however you possibly can double or triple the recipe simply.
Earlier than we get to the land of completely chocolate-glazed mini cheesecakes with coronary heart strawberry cut-outs, we’ve to start out originally. All of us love loaf pan cheesecake. Nonetheless, we will all over-do it on cheesecake, am I proper? This isn’t true for the mini egg cheesecake, however–that by no means will get previous.
I have been taking part in with my recipe for small batch mini cheesecakes made in muffin cups for in all probability a decade. To be exact–since the time my roommate in faculty made these by dropping in a nilla wafer as an alternative of bothering with a crust. (I went to school earlier than Pinterest existed, and sure, I’m so very previous). That is the strategy I exploit for my mini strawberry cheesecakes, by the way in which.
The gracious factor about mini cheesecakes in muffin cups is you could’t actually over-do it. Particularly while you’re solely making a small batch. This recipe makes simply 4 mini cheesecakes with graham cracker crust. Two mini cheesecake cupcakes for you, two mini cheesecake cupcakes for me, after which none for tomorrow once we ought to get again to our January diets. However, this roundup makes it exhausting!
Make Mini Cheesecakes
Sure, we’re making a small batch of graham cracker crumbs to make the crusts for these mini cheesecakes. It is so very value it, particularly when you’re the sort who occurs to suppose the crust is the perfect half.
Past that, you must know that I all the time taste my cheesecake with vanilla and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The distinctive mixture of vanilla sweetness with lemon juice offers it simply the correct amount of tang. I additionally all the time use an egg for fluffiness.
If you do not need chocolate on high, strive utilizing my microwave lemon curd on high as an alternative!
- Graham Crackers. We want ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs, which you should purchase from a field. If you need to make them your self, use 3 complete graham cracker sheets that you just crush in a meals processor till they’re the feel of coarse sand.
- Butter. We want two tablespoons of melted butter to show the graham crackers right into a crust.
- Cream Cheese. Simply 4 ounces of cream cheese that has been chopped and disregarded at room temperature to melt fully. If cream cheese is not totally comfortable, it may be lumpy within the cheesecake batter, and the lumps is not going to soften or bake out. Use solely room temperature cream cheese for making cheesecake. Don’t use whipped cream cheese for a baked cheesecake. It is solely okay to make use of whipped cream cheese is while you’re not cooking it, like for the frosting of my sugar cookie bars.
- Granulated Sugar.
- Vanilla Extract.
- Lemon Juice. We solely want one-half of a teaspoon of lemon juice, so it does not need to be freshly squeezed. Bottled lemon juice is okay right here.
- Egg. One giant egg that’s at room temperature. In case you forgot to take it out, simply place it in a bowl of heat water for five minutes whilst you make the remainder of the recipe.
For topping the mini cheesecakes:
- Chocolate Chips. You should utilize semisweet chocolate chips or a bar of your favourite chocolate that you just chop into small items.
- Coconut Oil. If you would like that crisp chocolate shell, you want to use coconut oil. I exploit virigin coconut oil, as a result of I just like the coconut taste that it imparts. If you would like the glaze to be extra melty and comfortable (like in my mini chocolate cake), then use heavy cream as an alternative of coconut oil.
- Recent Strawberries. That is elective, however when you use a tiny coronary heart cutter, you can also make the cutest little strawberry hearts such as you see within the images. Sliced strawberries are additionally simply tremendous on high, as are raspberries and blueberries!
- Preheat the oven to 325 (not 350–we bake cheesecake decrease and slower than an everyday cake). Place paper liners into 4 cups of a muffin pan. It isn’t needed to make use of non-stick liners.
- Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Combine till it seems like moist sand. Divide it evenly between the paper cups, and use the again of a picket spoon or small shot glass to press it firmly into the paper cup.
- Subsequent, beat collectively the softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat very properly till homogenous.
- Lastly, stir within the egg by hand. It is essential to not beat the egg in, as a result of it provides an excessive amount of air to the batter. Then, the cheesecake rise an excessive amount of and crack as they cool.
- Divide the batter into the paper cups, and bake on the middle rack for about 20 minutes. The tops will likely be set (when you gently contact them, batter will not follow your hand). They are going to be barely puffy, however they are going to deflate as they cool right into a flat floor. It is best to allow them to cool fully close to the oven.
- As soon as the cheesecakes are cool, transfer them to the fridge and chill for no less than 4 hours or in a single day.
- To make the chocolate shell, soften the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler. When totally melted, spoon a small quantity over every cheesecake, after which place the cheesecake again within the fridge to set the chocolate. Garnish with strawberries.
Sure, you possibly can completely freeze mini cheesecakes! The truth is, I want to eat them straight from the freezer at midnight earlier than mattress. To do that, place them on a small baking sheet, and slide it into the freezer. After 2 hours, take away them, wrap them in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag for as much as 6 months. You possibly can freeze them with the chocolate topping or with out, it does not matter! If you wish to eat them chilly however not frozen, place them within the fridge in a single day to defrost after which serve.
When the timer goes off, open the door and gently contact the highest of the middle cheesecake. It shouldn’t follow your finger. The highest will likely be fluffy and inflated, however that’s tremendous. They are going to nonetheless have a light jiggle to them, however not a very wobbly look. Allow them to cool close to the oven as a result of drastic temperature adjustments can generally crack a cheesecake.
In case you overbeat the eggs in a cheesecake, it can add an excessive amount of air to the batter. Then, the air will puff up within the sizzling oven, inflicting an excellent domed cake. Because the cheesecake cools, it can deflate and doubtlessly sink. For this reason I name for eggs to be stirred in by hand moderately than utilizing the electrical mixer.
Finest mini cheesecakes ever!
Cook dinner Time
- ½ cup crushed graham crackers (about 3 sheets)
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon recent lemon juice
- 1 giant egg
For the elective topping:
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 recent strawberries
- Preheat the oven to 325, and line 4 cups in a muffin pan with paper liners.
- Combine collectively graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Divide evenly between the 4 cups, and press firmly to make a degree crust.
- Subsequent, in a medium bowl, beat collectively the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat very properly till mixed.
- Stir the egg in by hand (don’t use a mixer for this step).
- Divide the batter between the cups, and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let the cheesecakes cool close to the oven–no drastic temperature adjustments.
- Chill the cheesecakes in a single day, lined within the fridge.
- Earlier than serving, soften the chocolate and coconut oil both in a double boiler, or within the microwave in 20-second pulses, stirring every time.
- To make strawberry hearts, use a ½” tiny coronary heart pie crust cookie cutter. Slice 2-3 planks off every strawberry, and minimize out a coronary heart from every. Reserve the remainder of the berry of one other use (smoothie time!).
- Enhance every cheesecake with a spoonful of melted chocolate, and sprinkle the hearts on the cheesecakes such as you personal the place.
Make-Forward: These may be baked and frozen forward of time. As soon as cool, place them on a small baking sheet, and slide it into the freezer. After 2 hours, take away them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag for as much as 6 months. You possibly can freeze them with the chocolate topping or with out, it does not matter! To serve, thaw within the fridge in a single day.
Quantity Per Serving:
Energy: 358Complete Fats: 23gSaturated Fats: 13gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 8gLdl cholesterol: 90mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g