I am super excited to be writing today, because I’m using Windows Live Writer for the first time to write this blog post. Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers suggested the program in one of her blog posts, and I’m so glad that she did! I wish I had known about this from the very beginning … it’s so much easier than creating a post directly on wordpress!!
Yesterday I made a recipe that is one of Brandon’s favorites from his childhood (or teenage years? I’m not sure which …). It’s his mom’s mini cherry cheesecakes. I mentioned this recipe the other day, when Brandon’s mom made that amazing feast. After tasting hers, I was excited to make them on my own.
Now I have no idea where Cheri got this recipe. So I can only credit her, because I got the recipe from her. To be specific, I got it from the “family” cookbook.
Christi, my sister-in-law, gave me a “family-recipes” cookbook as a bridal shower gift before Brandon and I got married. She compiled all of the family recipes from Brandon’s mom, Brandon’s grandmother and herself, and put them all into one cookbook for me. Isn’t that an awesome gift??
Here’s the actual page that shows the recipe:
Here is the funniest part of this whole recipe. Cheri is very specific when she shares a recipe. I actually appreciate this, because being a new cook, I like being provided with lots of details.
But when I went to the store, I couldn’t find the 2-inch baking cups that she had listed. So I figured that she must have meant the 2 1/2-inch cups.
Oh, no no no. Silly Kristen. Evidently you must use the 2-inch cups.
Fortunately, Cheri had extra 2-inch cups, and she insisted that I take some of hers.
Then when she asked me what vanilla wafers I bought, I told her that I followed the cookbook and bought the Keebler brand.
But guess what? Cheri has recently discovered that Keebler’s wafers have shrunk in size! So now she said that you have to use Nilla wafers!
(Can you tell which one is which?)
Have I deterred you from making this recipe yet?
I hope not, because they actually are pretty easy to make … once you find the right ingredients!
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
(Recipe from my mother-in-law)
Makes between 30-36 mini cheesecakes, depending on how high you fill them.
- 12 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar, then 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla, then 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 8 oz. sour cream
- Nilla vanilla wafers
- can of cherry pie filling
- 2 inch foil cupcake holders
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place cupcake holders onto cookie sheet (or perhaps into a cupcake pan … that’s what I’ll probably do next time, so that they will hold their shape better). Then put a vanilla wafer (flat side up!) into each cupcake holder.
- Mix together the cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla.
- Put a spoonful of the mixture on top of each vanilla wafer.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Then cool completely.
- Mix together sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
- Spread a thin layer of the mixture on top of the cheesecake mixture. Stick in the fridge for an hour (just to let it set).
- Refrigerate overnight, if possible (or at least for several hours).
Brandon’s already sampled them and he gave his seal of approval. But just a warning … these little guys are highly addicting! I guarantee you can’t eat just one!