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:

Noelle said...

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!! :))

Mrs AOK said...

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

Kelle Dame said...

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

Ruby Jean said...

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

mrstdj said...

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.

Kita said...

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

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

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!

Late Bloomers said...

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

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Something Nice and Pretty said...

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

Karen said...

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

Don said...

Happy 2012.

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

linda said...

Oh yum! Loving this idea ...

Carli said...

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!

Teresa said...

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!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

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

Happy New Year my friend!
Pam

Dr. Reginia said...

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

A Vintage Vine said...

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!

Tina said...

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.

ifthesekinkscldtalk said...

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

Susanne said...

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

Mrs. Chic said...

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

Sherry said...

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

michelle said...

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

Raina said...

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!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

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

Nicole said...

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

the cape on the corner said...

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!

Optimistic Mom said...

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

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

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

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

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

countrymommacooks.com said...

Wow that looks so good...+ed you....

SuppersYoungans&Thangs said...

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.

Amy said...

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

blessedmom's simple home said...

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

Carolina HeartStrings said...

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

coconut said...

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

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

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

Penny said...

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!

Lil Mys Ninja said...

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

Angie Ramirez said...

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

odetoinspiration said...

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

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XO, Aimee

Comeca Jones said...

Brandi they are soooo cute! Another save for me!

A To Zebra Celebrations said...

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~

Ms Jelena said...

Delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


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Sarah E. said...

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

Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

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