Friday, February 10, 2012

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

The perfect treat just in time for Valentine's Day, Mini Cherry Cheesecakes.  As a matter of fact, we always made this at school for V Day!  I would try to be so careful to guard these little bites of deliciousness while they were refrigerated to be eaten the next day, but somebody always got past me to snitch a few!! Don't miss that. This is such a great recipe, so quick and easy.   They are perfect at Christmas.  They can be frozen if desired.  One note is that this is actually the original recipe; we made half this recipe at school.  Also, it is really not sweet enough to eat without the cherry pie filling or strawberry, or blueberry.  My opinion.

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened to room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
24 vanilla wafers
1 can cherry pie filling
 24 paper cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake in center of oven.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla until light and fluffy(don't skip the light and fluffy).  Line  muffin pans with paper baking liners.  Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each.  Fill cups about 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees for 17 minutes.  Time this carefully and take them out!!  They will be dry if they are overbaked.  Top each with 1 tablespoon pie filling and chill.  Beware, they don't taste good when they are hot.  Let them chill before serving!

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