It’s going to be a sweet week here at Meaningful Mama, and I mean literally. Last weekend I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend. It was a dessert shower, so my kitchen exploded into a bakery. What? Do I think I’m Betty Crocker? Apparently. It was dessert after dessert. I’m so glad my kids like helping in the kitchen. I always give them the option to help, and they always want to be involved. Therefore, I don’t have as much mommy guilt while I turn my kitchen upside-down trying to create multiple desserts. I’ll be giving you all of the dessert recipes and then showing you the final baby shower results.
The Mini Cheesecake is something my mom has made a number of times. As I was doing multiple desserts, the idea was to make them all mini so that people could choose a few to try. I’ve always thought it would be fun to create a restaurant or food line called “Bites,” because I always just want a bite of everything on the menu. I have no desire to pursue my “Bites” concept, but if you want to steal it and give me 10% of everything, go for it. I’ll join you on Shark Tank. All that said, these mini cheese cakes are fabulous. It used to be that the Nilla Wafer crust was just a Nilla Wafer. However, as I was having Kenzie stick all of my Nilla wafers into the cups they didn’t fill the bottom of the muffin tin (regular sized muffin tin…no the mini muffin tins). I was perplexed. Looking online, I discovered that others are saying the wafers are being made smaller now. I had to come up with another solution, so I developed a crust. The cream cheese layer is my mom’s recipe (via a dear friend and chef, Lanie), but I added a bit of lemon juice. The raspberry topping I stole from my Raspberry Cream Shooter recipe. I added one raspberry on top. They are amazing. Cheesecake, for me, is always one of the most tempting dessert items. These will not disappoint.
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes with Nilla Wafer Crust
I served these cheesecakes out of the wrapper. They were a hit.
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