White Russian Mini Cheesecakes
My first signature holiday desserts were cheesecakes inspired by cocktails. I started doing them about 10 years ago. I tried making all sorts of creamy cocktails into cheesecakes like mudslides, bushwackers and buttery, well you know. And of all the ones I tried, my white Russian cheesecake was by far the most popular. So popular in fact, I was making at least 2 every year until my mother-in-law begged me to stop making them because she would eat the whole cheesecake. She had no self control, and neither did I. If someone else in the family hadn’t finished off the White Russian cheesecake, I would.
So to spare all those holiday pounds my family was directly blaming on my cheesecakes, I decided to make them in mini size. This way there was no reason for anyone to complain that their jeans didn’t fit anymore because they couldn’t control themselves around my cheesecakes.
For these White Russian Cheesecakes, I start with a basic cheesecake recipe which is a brick of cream cheese, an egg and 1/4 cup sugar. Then I add the flavor of a creamy White Russian. My recipe for a white Russian is coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, vodka and cream. Since the cream cheese is going to act as the cream, we’ll leave that out. We’ll also omit the vodka since it has very little flavor. So that leaves us with the coffee liqueur and Irish cream liqueur. I add a tablespoon of each along with some good vanilla extract.
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Yield: Serves 6
White Russian Mini Cheesecakes
1 cup HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 packages (8 oz each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coffee liqueur
1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup melting chocolate
1 cup melting white chocolate
Heat oven to 325°F.
Mix graham crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter until blended; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups.
Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, vanilla, coffee liqueur and Irish cream liqueur with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon into crusts.
Bake 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours.
Beat whipping cream with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; spread or pipe onto cheesecakes.
Melt chocolate and white chocolate. Drizzle cheesecakes with melted chocolate.
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This recipe sponsored by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. All opinions 100% mine.