Who doesn’t just love cheesecake? I know that it’s a favorite of mine and always has been so I was very excited that our Crazy Cooking Challenge hostess Tina, of Moms Crazy Cooking chose cheesecake for this month’s challenge. The way that the Crazy Cooking Challenge works is that each month there is a dish that our hostess Tina challenges the participating bloggers to make. We all go out searching for what we think is the ultimate recipe for that dish and once we find it, we make it and then all on the same day we do our post featuring the recipe. Sadly, this is the twelfth and final month of the Crazy Cooking Challenge. It’s been fun participating for all these months and I’m looking forward to hopefully taking on a new cooking challenge in the coming months.
Growing up my Mom used to make wonderful little cookies and pastries for holidays and one of my favorites were her Mini Cheesecake Bites. Though I have changed her recipe a bit over the years with my changing tastes and diet, these are still totally awesome and remind me very much of my Mom’s wonderful Mini Cheesecake Bites.
I added the cream cheese mixture and they’re ready to bake.
Baked, chilled, decorated and delicious!
Oh and my secret, I love these best straight from the freezer…total YUM!
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 tsp. butter, at room temperature
- 2 packets Stevia
- 1/4 tsp. roasted cinnamon
- 1 lb. cream cheese (I prefer Philadelphia cream cheese), at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 6 packets Stevia
- 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream (I prefer Breakstone sour cream)
Preheat oven to 375F. Lay the sliced almonds on a foil lined baking sheet and bake until they start to get toasted. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Add the toasted almonds to the bowl of a food processor and using the pulse action, process until they are finely ground. Add the butter, 2 packets of Stevia and the cinnamon and process until well combined.
Line mini muffin tins with 36 mini muffin liners and add 1/2 teaspoon of the almond crust mixture to each. Lightly press the mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup. Bake for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.
While the crusts are baking and cooling add the cream cheese, egg, 6 packets of Stevia, vanilla bean paste & sour cream to the bowl of a stand mixer and blend until perfectly smooth. Top each crust with the cream cheese mixture, filling the cup almost to the top. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the mini cheesecakes are puffed and just starting to get golden on the top. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the muffin tins. Once cool, remove the cheesecake bites from the pan and refrigerate or freeze. To serve, top with a piece of candied cherry.
My previous Crazy Cooking Challenge entries:
Fried Chicken Challenge: Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken **Voted the ULTIMATE recipe of the challenge**
Smoothie Challenge: Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Challenge: Totally Outrageous Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Blueberry Muffins Challenge: Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Spaghetti with Red Sauce Challenge: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter
Chocolate Cake Challenge: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake
Chicken Noodle Soup Challenge: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
Fudge Challenge: Biscoff Fudge
Mashed Potato Challenge: Aloo Tikki
Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge: Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps
Mac & Cheese Challenge: Velvety Mac & Cheese
I love little bites of cheesecake! It is such a rich dessert that little is fine....yours look great. I like that you used almonds and the Stevi.aReplyDelete
Fantastic! I love having mini desserts :) Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)ReplyDelete
So cute! What a great way to get your treat without overindulging! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)ReplyDelete
Great recipe, but I can't do the Stevia. Do you know what the cane sugar equivalent would be? Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
I would try 2 TBS in the crust and 1/2 cup in the cheese mixture. Taste the cheese mixture and add more sugar if you'd like it sweeter.Delete
I luv making minis. This is a great recipe. Please stop by if you have a chance, I'm #68.ReplyDelete
Yumm! And so simple too!ReplyDelete
I love that you used Stevia! These are so cute!! #55ReplyDelete
Now this is what I need in my kitchen for those cheesecake cravings! And a lightened up version is always welcome :) #48ReplyDelete
Those are adorable! I love bite size foods! Thanks for sharing! Happy CCC Day! #15 ;-) Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecakes.ReplyDelete
Yummy yummy! I don't know if could eat just one.ReplyDelete
Oh these look so yummy!! I love the bite size! And also that they are healthier using stevia!ReplyDelete
I love all things mini! These look amazing!ReplyDelete
These look fantastic! I love that you used stevia, and that you like them best from the freezer!ReplyDelete
Mini bites! A gal aft my own heart.ReplyDelete
These look and sound delicious! And I love the idea of freezing them. What a yummy treat! Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!!ReplyDelete
stopping by from ccc #57
Oh yes! Will make these very soon - especially since I have everything I need already in my kitchen! :)ReplyDelete
Great recipe, they look great!ReplyDelete
thanks for visiting #45
What a fantastic cheesecake! I love the combination of vanilla and cinnamon flavours!ReplyDelete
Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!
So many cheesecake recipes! I can't hardly resist anything in mini form - these look great =)ReplyDelete
Love the mini-cheesecakes.ReplyDelete
Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.
These sound wonderful. I bet they are delicious right out of the freezer. #76ReplyDelete
Yum! These look delicious! I love that they are mini because they are so easy to share and transport. I'm pinning them. (I'm # 37)ReplyDelete
The perfect size! They look delicious! Thanks for stopping by (#34)!ReplyDelete
Lisa, I can just see myself popping a dozen of those little babies into my mouth!! Great job!ReplyDelete
These individual cheesecakes look great!! I love the addition of the cherry on the top! Stopping by from CCC#12.ReplyDelete
Lisa, these would be so perfect and delicious to have a wonderful bite here and there throughout the day . . . and of course without the guilt from a large piece of cheesecake! :-) Hope you've been having a great summer!ReplyDelete