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Praline Crusted Cheesecake Bites

January 2, 2010

Praline Crusted Cheesecake Bites

My sister and I made some delicious mini cheesecake bites for a small New Year’s gathering at my home yesterday. They were the perfect finish to our meal because they were small so guests could eat a few, they were in liners so were easy finger food, and they were SUPER easy to make!

We got the base recipe for the cheesecake bites from my favorite recipe Website, AllRecipies.com. I like it because you can make modifications to any of the recipes to personalize them, there are great reviews, and you can save any recipe you want to a recipe box, so you can always refer back to it. You can even plan your weekly meals there and print a shopping list of all of the ingredients to make your grocery shopping easier.

Now, back to the cheesecakes bites. Using the basics from the AllRecipes.com recipe, I modified it as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 12 graham cracker squares (6 of the big rectangles)
  • ¼ cup of candied pecans (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoons of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • Garnish, i.e., butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, chocolate covered espresso bean, etc.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. To make crust, process the graham crackers and pecans (optional) in a food processor until crumbs. Add melted butter until crumbs are moist (see below for alternate crust suggestion).
  3. Line mini muffin tins with 48 paper baking cups and press a tablespoon of crust mixture into the bottom of each liner.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice, orange zest, vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  5. Fill each baking cup 3/4 full with cream cheese mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. Cool on a rack. Top with garnish of your choice. Get creative.

Alternate Crust: If you don’t want to make the graham cracker crust, place a candied pecan or two in the bottom of the mini muffin liners and pour cheesecake filling over it. Cheesecake bites are also delicious this way!

If you make this recipe, please let me know how they turn out. I’d love to see a picture!

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