Most of the time, a big hunk of cheesecake is just too much for a kid, no matter how much she may like it. In fact, a big hunk of cheesecake is often too much for some adults. Make a batch of these minis and you can have your cheesecake and eat it, too.
, softened at room temperature
, or vanilla wafers
- Before you do anything else, have your child prepare the baking pan by placing a paper liner in each of 10 compartments in a muffin pan. (I know, I know – it would be so much niftier if the recipe did all 12, but it just doesn’t.) Then, place a chocolate or vanilla wafer cookie into each lined compartment, pressing it firmly down to the bottom. Make sure you have extra wafer cookies available just in case of breakage or mysterious disappearance.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Spoon the cream-cheese mixture into the prepared cups, dividing it evenly among them. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cheese filling is just beginning to brown lightly on top. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Now, of course you can serve these just the way they are, and they’ll be delicious. But you can also top them with fresh fruit slices, some berries, a spoonful of canned pie filling or even a drizzle of melted chocolate. Or, for that matter, some of each.