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Blueberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

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I went to the orthodontist yesterday and got awesome news.

After 4 torturous months, I can now take off my retainers more than 3 times a day!!

Why is this so exciting, you ask?

Because I can eat more again!! 

OK, that is a HUGE deal.

To celebrate, I’ll show you these mini cheesecakes that I made:

By mini, I mean they are not the size of an actual cheesecake.

But they’re not the size of a mini cupcake.  They are made in regular muffin pans.

So are you as thrilled as I am?

I’m guessing if you are, it’s because of the cheesecakes and not the retainers…

That’s ok, as long as everyone is happy.  🙂

Did I mention that these cheesecakes are yummy, very easy to make, and lower in fat?

I hope THAT got your attention!

Now I’m off to eat some more.

Need to make up for lost time, you know…

 

Blueberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

(adapted from Kraft Recipes– I used their recipe for cheesecake, but made my own crust and swirl)

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 C crushed graham crackers

Combine butter, graham crackers and sugar until well blended and moist.

Press into each cupcake liner (I used about 1 1/2 Tablespoons each)

 

Cake:

  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened (I used 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese)
  •  1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs; mix just until blended.

Top crust in cupcake liners.

 

Blueberry Swirl:

  • 1/2 C blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Combine the blueberries and sugar in a food processor until smooth (I had to remove the skins because I couldn’t get them all smooth!)

Drop a few dots over the cheesecake filling.

Use a toothpick or knife to swirl.

 

Once they are ready:

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cool and then refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

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48 responses »

  1. Woww!!! You just made these in a muffin tin? So cute and I never thought of doing this!!

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  2. Congrats on the retainer news. I’ve had many friends with braces and Invisalign so I know how torturous it is. Glad to see you celebrate with these perfect looking cheesecakes! Even though they’re small for instant portion control, I always negate that by cramming several into my mouth.

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    • Thanks!! I’m thrilled about the retainers and can’t wait until I only have to wear them at night. 🙂 Oh, and I like how you think– I’m all for cramming mini desserts into my mouth too! Lol.

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  3. These are pretty little things! I am pretty sure they taste good too.

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  4. They look delicious!
    I hated orthodontists when I was younger. Actually, come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I still do!

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  5. Yum…great for a party.

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  6. They look delicious – is there an easy trick to removing the blueberry skins or is it easy enough to just put them through a sieve? Thanks!

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  7. You make terrific bakes, my dear! =)

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  8. Great news! And beautiful cheesecakes!

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  9. These are so cute! I love mini food. 🙂

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  10. i really love your cheesecake,i Wii try it.

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  11. Hello!! Thanks for the “like” =) It’s so encouraging esp since I just started blogging again. I haven’t made cheesecake in a LONG time but these mini ones are TOO adorable I may just have to try your recipe!

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  12. So pretty…I love “mini” desserts 🙂 I’ve been craving cheesecake all summer, and I love that this is a healthier version!

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  13. i.ve been looking for this recipe my whole life! thank you, ger. will try it later and i’ll reblog this and show you how would it be. btw, here in my place they do the base with pastry, so it is more like a tartlet.

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  14. These look delicious! Your cheesecake tweaks to make them lower in fat are really clever. 🙂

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  15. Amazing! And because they’re mini you can eat even more….?!

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  16. These are really pretty and look like they could be store-bought (in a good way)! Love how they look!

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  17. Hi there you Pretty Baking gal, you!I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. If you would like to accept, check it out here: http://isinginthekitchen.com/2012/08/19/beautiful-blogger-award/
    xxT

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  18. These look gorgeous 🙂

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  19. Reblogged this on lalalucyfi and commented:
    Trying out this reblogging thing with Mini Cheesecakes from Geraldine’s “Pretty Baking” blog

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  20. I couldn’t think of a more perfect dessert to celebrate with than cheesecakes!

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  21. Love mini anything! Mini cheesecakes, even better!

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  22. I so love your blogs -they’re pudding-porn, such a guilty pleasure!!! Am going to try these, but use the blackberries that we’ve just picked rather than blueberries, think it’ll work just as well. Will let you know…cooking for wee man’s 4th birthday – but (big bottom lip), he doesn’t like icing, so will just be making a banana bread for him – for the parents however – bring on these mini-cheesecakes!!!!!

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    • Aw, you’re so sweet– thanks!! 🙂
      They sound like they’ll be yummy with blackberries– can’t wait to hear how they turn out. And sorry about him not liking icing– it’s gotta be tough for you. Lol. My husband doesn’t like icing… so I know how you feel. 🙂 Hope everyone loves the cheesecakes and your son has a great birthday!!

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  23. These are adorable Geraldine 🙂 They look almost too good to eat! Thanks also for following our blog!

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