I’ve been trying to wake up early and go to the gym. I’ve been trying to go to the gym AND walk Elliot. But sometimes my ipod’s battery is dead and sometimes it’s pouring rain. So, you know what? I’m going to eat a cheesecake bite. Maybe I’ll even have 2. All those gym intentions are making me hungry.
Sometimes when it’s somebody’s birthday that you think is super cool and they love cheesecake you have to make these. And sometimes you have to just eat things and not think twice.
I used that honey twirler down there to press the crumbs into a crust in the bottom of the muffin papers. For some reason it reminds me of my painting class in college. I was using a c.d. case for my paint palette. My teacher saw it and held it up for the class and said “Everyone, everyone. Buy better supplies than this.” And so there you go. I was the example of what not to do.
Recipe adapted from a phone conversation with my Mom
- 18 vanilla wafers worth of crumbs
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- scant 1/2 cup sugar
- melted chocolate + cocoa powder
- strawberry jam, melted and strained
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line mini muffin pan(s) with 24 mini paper liners. Crush vanilla wafers using the “put them in a big freezer bag and roll over it with a rolling pin until they are crumbs” method. Or whatever method you want. Divide crumbs a teaspoon at a time between all the paper liners. Press the crumbs to the bottom of the pan. I used my honey dipper.
- Make cheesecake. Using an electric mixer or some speedy whisking, mix together the cream cheese, vanilla, egg and sugar. Divide between the paper liners over the crust. Bake for 15 minutes or until center are set.
- Cool on a wire rack in the fridge before topping. If topping with chocolate simply melt chocolate and drizzle over the cheesecakes. Sprinkle them with cocoa powder. If topping with strawberry jam, melt the jam in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and place a little taste on top of each bite. Promptly sample. Store in the fridge between snacking.