Monday, January 2, 2012

Mini Cheesecake Cups

 Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend!  I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family!  I hosted a small get together for my cousin who celebrated her 30th birthday on New Year's Eve.  My daughter's friend was kind enough to come and sing for us as her birthday surprise!  Since most of the menu involved a lot of cooking, I wanted to keep dessert simple.  I decided on semi homemade, mini cheesecake cups. 






Rather than a graham cracker crust, I used ground gingerbread cookies instead.  The idea came after hitting up Target's after Christmas clearance and purchasing the cookies on sale!  To make 24 cups, I used 1½ cups of crushed cookies, 1/3 cup of light brown sugar and 6 tablespoons of melted butter.  Simply mix together, then press about 3 tablespoons into each cup. 

The ready to eat cheesecake filling was such a time saver.  Just spread and enjoy!

I topped each cup with a strawberry after soaking them in sugar water overnight.  You could skip this step if you like, but the strawberries were a little bitter.  The sugar water helped to sweeten them up a bit.

The mini cheesecakes were such a hit!  Everyone loved them, and I'm so glad I didn't have to sacrifice dessert because I was short on time!  

47 comments:

  1. Brandi those are ADORABLE!!! You are so ingenious in that kitchen!!! These would be cute for Valentine's Day too, I know I'm on to the next holiday!! :))

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  2. These look YUMMY! I'm loving your blog and I think I will go ahead and stalk.. GFC.
    Happy New Year-
    Mrs_AOK

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  3. Yummmmm! These beautiful cupcakes just reminded me that there are indeed cupcakes in my fridge!

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  4. So VERY cute... And SO VERY Yummy!!

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  5. I have coupons for that filling and I've been curious about it. Thanks for this little yummy, quick recipe. I'm going to grab some for a party I have this weekend.

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  6. That looks so good. I love it great for any type of party. Happy New Year

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  7. That was a great idea Brandi, I like how you just whipped it up:) And I never thought to soak strawberries in sugar water, awesome thinking!

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  8. Those look delish! I make my pumpkin pie in Ginger snap crust made with crushed ginger snaps, I need to try that with cheesecake!

    A
    solongfarm.blogspot.com

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  9. Those are really cute Brandi, I love the little pink cups they are in!
    Happy New Year!

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  10. Hi Brandi, they look delicious and that crust sounds so good! Did you really spill the beans on your mom's party?

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  11. Happy 2012.

    Those look oh so delicious. Why are you teasing us? Lol.

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  12. Great idea Brandi! Happy New Year! I'm hosting a Fav things party on Sat and these just might be on the menu, really cute!

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  13. Yum! Love the ease, and I love the cute cups!
    How smart to make a simple dessert on a busy day, and I never would have thought to sweeten up the strawberries.
    I bet your guests loved them!

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  14. You have the greatest recipes! I love this idea and sure your guests gobbled them up!

    Happy New Year my friend!
    Pam

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  15. Brandi, what a great idea. I love Cheesecake. These are a great alternative to sending cupcakes to school for birthdays. I'm inspired thanks.

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  16. What a smart idea, using the gingerbread cookies for the crust. They look delish, thanks for sharing the how to, hope your cousin enjoyed her Bday!

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  17. Those look so good and easy.

    My youngest son would be in heaven if I were to make these. That young man LOVES cheesecake!

    Have a wonderful week.

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  18. Brandi,

    They were delicious and everything was so beautiful! A THOUSAND thank you's go out to you and yours for making us feel so welcome while we were there.

    Love you more than words...

    Tyne

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  19. They look delicious and I think I need to keep them in mind for my daughters birthday.

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  20. those look so good!!! I so need to try this!

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  21. Brandi, you come with some neat dishes to make. Those look absolutely delicious!

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  22. Happy New Year Brandi!!! I hope you had a lovely holiday!! These look so SO GOOD!!! I can see why they were a hit and those strawberries look so juicy! I miss fresh berries. :)
    I hope your new year is filled with blessings and love sweet friend!
    xoxoxo

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  23. Oh wow! These look yummy! I love the pretty cups you used and how you topped then with a whole strawberry, very impressive looking.

    Happy New Year!

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  24. Adorable cheese cake cups, my grandgirls are going to love them! Thanks, I will make them. How are you, I'm sure you had a great Christmas Holiday along with your beautiful family sweet friend and I wish your new year is filled with health, happiness and prosperity!
    FABBY

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  25. What a great idea!! My daughter would love these for her birthday sleepover next month!!

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  26. i loved that you used strawberries! i've always seen these served with cherries, but that's not my thing. i like this idea even better!

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  27. Absolutely love this, and especially the idea of using the cookies. Yummy!

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  28. Those look delish! I love mini desserts. I'd love for you to join my linky party, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, sometime!

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  29. You should totally have your own cookery show, Brandi! I'd be your biggest fan! I LOVE your recipes - so original and so yummy-looking!

    Happy New Year, lovely!

    Sarahx

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  30. These are so cute. Cheesecake is my weakness and this would certainly help with portion control. I haven't tried the ready-made filling, much too easy, making it too great of a temptation.

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  31. Looks so adorable.Book marking this recipe. Found this post via Taking a Time Out-Linky party

    I am also hosting a linky party.Pl join where possible.
    Midweek Fiesta

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  32. I love cheesecake!! My mouth is watering now :)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  33. That looks sinfully delicious! Come visit us. We have a terrific vegetable soup on the menu

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  34. The hint about the strawberries is great, thanks for sharing.

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  35. These look delicious!! Thanks for linking up to my party!

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  36. Thank you so much for bringing this recipe to Foodie Friday. I am pinning it to my cheesecake board. What a great idea with the gingerbread crust!

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  37. Blog hopping from What I Whipped Up Wednesday - What a cool little idea!! I have to try this!

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  38. That is amazing.. gotta go try the ready to eat cheesecake!! ;)

    Thanks for sharing
    I’m stopping by from TT & J… and would LOVE for you to come by and link this up at my “Create and Inspire” Party!

    http://www.littleinspiration.com/2012/01/create-and-inspire-party-and.html

    I am now following and looking forward for more of your awesome posts!

    Thanks,
    Angie from A Little Inspiration

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  39. Adorable presentation!! And they sure do look tasty:D Thanks for sharing this cute idea!

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  40. Those look delicious!! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway....


    XO, Aimee

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  41. Brandi they are soooo cute! Another save for me!

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  42. Oh my I love cheesecake!! these look so delish!! The followers on my party blog would love to see this. Feel free to link every Tuesday: http://www.atozebracelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/01/totally-cute-crafts-tuesday.html

    ~Nancy~

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  43. Oh my! I bet the gingerbread cookies make an incredible crust :)

    Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

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  44. These look delish! Can't wait to make some!

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