Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mini Cheesecakes

A miniature treat.

Anyone who has read this blog will know that my favorite cookbook is the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. It is simple but full of helpful information. It was the first, and only, cookbook I owned throughout my early adult years.

Now that I am a mom, cooking with my children, I have many more cookbooks. One of them is the Junior Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. There are fun recipes as well as cool pictures inside. Audrey loves it.

This was a simple recipe I decided we should make because I was craving cheese cake. Probably from watching too many episodes of The Big Bang Theory.

  • 8 squares of graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • mandarin oranges
  • 2 tbsp apricot spread
Crush crackers and then mix with sugar and melted butter. Place in 8 muffin cups and press down. Freeze for 10 minutes to harden.  Beat cream cheese for 30 seconds then add cream, sugar, and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. Spoon on top of graham cracker crust. Top with 2 - 3 mandarin orange sections. Melt apricot spread in the microwave and spoon over oranges. Freeze for 15 minutes and then refrigerate until ready to eat. We had ours right after dinner. And they were so yummy.

Audrey and Maurene's Tasks:
  1. Crush graham crackers
  2. Mix with butter
  3. Press mix into muffin cups
  4. Whip remaining ingredients
  5. Place oranges on top
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Melt butter
  3. Spoon crust into cups
  4. Add ingredients to mixing bowl
  5. Spoon cream cheese mixture into muffin cups
  6. Melt apricot spread and place on top
So happy to work the mixer.

Topping cheese cakes

Ready to chill.

The girls and their dessert.

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