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Easy mini cheesecakes

24 May

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I finally made time to try a new recipe. My daughter loves cheese cake but the poor kid is lactose intolerant. So it is not a dessert we have often, if ever. She can take a pill but I just don’t like paying for them. How is that for the truth? Anyway, we have a couple of Lactaid pills so I decided to make her some mini cheese cakes.
Now look, I am not a big fan of cheese cake, mostly because I despise Graham cracker crust. It is just not my thing. I like chocolate pie crust, Oreo pie crust, or Nilla pie crust. So while at the grocery store buying the ingredients, I bought what I need for all three!

So lets start with an Oreo crust. This easy step made me giggle as I made it. Let me just say I am the pickiest foodie in the universe. I like Oreos but I don’t like the filling. So, I had a pack of these cookies and I am thinking “I only need the chocolate cookie. What am I going to so with the cream?” I took apart maybe ten Oreos and put the creamless sides in my magic bullet. I shoved some in my mouth and made new sandwiches out of the rest. Who has money to waste by throwing away a new double stuffed Oreo? Not me! So yeah, my frugalness made me laugh at myself.

Here is the rest of the step :

Using a cupcake pan (recipe will make 6), take 1/3 cup of Oreo crumbs and mix them with 1 tbs of sugar and 1tbs of melted butter. Press a tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake pan and press down hard with your fingers. Put your cupcake pan in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove to cool.

While the crust is in the oven, beat 1 pack of softened cream cheese (8oz), 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest together until fluffy. Then beat in 1 egg.
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Pour the cream cheese mixture into the cupcake pan- 3/4 full. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Let them cool and then chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to put some toppings on and serve.

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The treat was for my princess but the monkey boy helped put a topping on the cakes first. He chose whipped cream, sliced strawberries, and Oreo crumbs. The princess put some whipped cream and a whole Oreo on top.

I made another batch later. Instead of an Oreo crust, I used Nilla wafers. I mixed some diced strawberries and bananas in the cream cheese filling and topped it with carmel sauce and sliced almonds. This is such an easy recipe. My kids enjoyed the treat and so far the princess has not had the bubble guts!
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