These light and fluffy 4th of July Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect holiday treat! Easily make them using a mini cupcake pan and basic ingredients! Easily customize them for any occasion or holiday by switching out the cheesecake topping!
Before starting, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. This is very important! If you try making the batter when the cream cheese is too cold, then it will not incorporate completely and the cheesecake batter will be too runny!
Take two packages (16 oz) of the softened cream cheese and combine it with the ¾ cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract and mix together with a hand mixer. After it begins combining, add the additional egg. When the batter is done it should be smooth, but still a little thick. Kind of like a thick cupcake batter.
Take the batter and fill each cup about ¾ of the way full. I have found it is easiest to do this just using a large spoon.Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Allow them to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
While the mini cupcakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.Take 8 oz of softened cream cheese, 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp vanilla and whip for 2-3 minutes using your hand mixer.
After the mini cheesecakes are completely cool, pipe a small amount of cream cheese frosting onto the center of each mini cheesecake. If you don't have piping bags, then you can also use a ziplock bag and just cut the corner of the bag with scissors.
Wash and cut 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. .
To make them more kid friendly, add sprinkles to the top of the cream cheese frosting! For the 4th of July, I topped some of mine with Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles instead of topping them with fruit!
Refrigerate for about an hour before serving!
*TIP* I have found that when making my cheesecake batter that it mixes better when I use a hand mixer vs a Bosch or Kitchen Aid! I'm not really sure why, but this is just personal experience.
MINI CHEESECAKE HOLIDAY TOPPINGS:
New Years Eve: Gold and Silver Sprinkles
Valentine's Day: Strawberries | Pink and Red Sprinkles | Heart Chocolates
St. Patrick's Day: Green Sprinkles | Green and Gold Sixlets
Easter: Cadbury Eggs and Green Grass Candy | Peeps | Chocolate Bunnies
4th of July: Red, white and blue Sprinkles | Mini Fruit that is red or blue | Star Candy
Halloween: Marshmallow Ghosts, candy corn, and orange or brown sprinkles | Black and Orange Sprinkles | Oreos made into spiders.
Thanksgiving: Candy Corn | Brown and Orange Sprinkles
Christmas: Upside down Strawberry and Frosting to make Santa Hat | Green and Red Sprinkles | Christmas Tree or Santa Chocolate Candy | Marshmallow Snowman | Green Frosting formed to make a Christmas tree.