Mini Patriotic Cheesecakes

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Serves: 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus 3 hours refrigeration

Cook Time: 35 minutes


1 cup graham crackers, crushed

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 (8-ounce) package Neufchatel cream cheese

1 cup thick vanilla yogurt (Icelandic/Greek), plus 2 tablespoons thick vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 lemon, zest and juiced

1/4 cup strawberries Garnish: Mixed berries and whip cream


01Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
02In a bowl, combine crackers and butter.
03Using a pre-lined muffin tin (or well-greased mini cheesecake pan with removable base), press 1 heaping teaspoon of mixture into bottom, creating a crust. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
04Reduce oven to 300 degrees F.
05In a mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, yogurt, and sugar on medium-high speed until well combined. Reduce mixer speed and blend in egg. Flavor with vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice. If mixture appears thin, add additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of yogurt.
06Fill muffin tins with cheesecake mixture and bake approximately 25 to 30 minutes, or until center is almost set and slightly jiggles.
07Refrigerate 3 hours to set before removing mini cheesecakes from muffin tins.
08In a blender, puree strawberries.
09On top of each cheesecake, spread strawberry puree. Garnish with fresh berries and whip cream.

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