One of my husbands favorite desserts is Mini Cheesecakes! So, I decided they are going to show up at our families 4th of July party this year! For the 4th of July Mini Cheesecakes I wanted them to be appealing to both kids and adults. So, I made two different versions!
But, let’s get started with how to make the Mini Cheesecakes!
3- 8oz Cream Cheeses
3/4 cups Sugar
2 teaspoon Lemon
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Mini Nilla Wafers
Mini Cupcake Liners
2 cups of powdered sugar
Fruit of choice: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
4th of July Sprinkles
Before starting, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. This is IMPERATIVE! If you try making the batter when the cream cheese is too cold, then it will no incorporate completely and it will be too runny! So, make sure it is room temperature. The other tip I have found is that it mixes better when using a hand mixer vs a Bosch or Kitchen Aid!
Take 16 oz of cream cheese (2 pkgs), 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 t Lemon, 1 t Vanilla and mix together with a hand mixer. After it begins combining, add the additional egg. When the batter is done it should be smooth and a little thick. Kind of like a thick cupcake batter.
Take the batter and fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 4 dozen mini cheesecakes. Allow to cool completely.
While the mini cupcakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.
Take 8 oz of Cream Cheese Frosting, 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon and 1 tsp vanilla and whip for 2-3 minutes.
After the mini cheesecakes are completely cool, pipe a small amount of cream cheese frosting onto each mini cheesecake.
For the Fruit Cheesecakes:
Cut up the strawberries into tiny little pieces. If you are going to use blueberries or raspberries, then choose the smallest ones possible.
Arrange the fruit on top of each cheesecake.
For the Kid Friendly cheesecakes:
To make them even more kid friendly, sprinkle the cream cheese frosting with 4th of July Sprinkles instead of topping them with fruit!