As I was rooting around Pinterest looking for another important patriotic dessert to make, I stumbled upon this recipe for miniature cherry cheesecakes from A Helicopter Mom. Upon seeing the picture, I assumed that making tiny cheesecakes had to be some sort of terribly complicated endeavor. I have made cheesecake many times in my life and although it is always delicious, it is also a lot of effort. I was very pleasantly surprised by how easy these were.
Although, of course, I had to make a few slight tweaks. First of all, as much as I love cherries, in the name of my national holiday, I had to make sure these were red, white and blue and not just red and white. So I used a combination of strawberries and blueberries instead of cherries (also, Quebec strawberries and blueberries are famously delicious). Secondly, I could not find Graham Crackers at the grocery store. So, instead of making graham cracker crust, I just used a French butter cookie on the bottom of each cheesecake. Vanilla Wafers would work equally well here.
1 package of butter cookies
16 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 Tbs of vanilla extract
1 Tbs of lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1 Tbs of maple syrup
Place a butter cookie at the bottom of well of a muffin pan. Next, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and lemon juice until no lumps remain and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture over each butter cookie until each well is about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
In a small bowl, mix together the strawberries, blueberries, lemon juice and maple syrup for the topping. Spoon a small amount of this mixture onto each cheesecake and serve.
Bon Appétit, mes amis!