Mix 'n Match Mini Cheesecakes

Source: 
Diana's Desserts
Serves: 
4
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, (9 full graham crackers)
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar 
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 
  • 3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 3 eggs 
     
Directions: 
  1. Mix crumbs, the 3 tbsp. sugar and butter; press scant 1/3 cup crumb mixture onto bottom of each of 4 mini (4-1/2-inch) springform pans. Bake at 300°F (150°C) for 7 minutes. 
  2. Mix cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour 1/4 of the batter (about 1 cup) into each of 4 bowls. If desired, add one of the Stir-In Ideas to each bowl of batter, mixing Ideas as desired. Pour over crusts. Place pans on cookie sheet. 
  3. Bake at 300°F (150°C) for 40 to 45 minutes or until centers are almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rims of pans to loosen cakes; cool before removing rims of pans. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 

Stir-In Ideas

For each 1/4 portion of batter, stir in one of the following: 

  • Apple Pie Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon; pour over crust. Bake as directed. Top cheesecake with combined 1/2 cup warmed apple pie filling and 1/2 tsp. brown sugar. 
  • New York Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 1/4 cup Sour Cream and 1 tbsp. flour. 
  • Chocolate Chunk Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 1/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chunks. 
  • Citrus Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 1 tsp. lemon, orange or lime juice; 1 tsp. flour and 1/4 tsp. grated lemon, orange or lime peel. 
  • S'mores Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 3 tbsp. Milk Chocolate Chunks; pour over crust. Top with 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows and 1 tbsp. broken graham crackers. 
  • Cookies And Cream Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cookies, such as Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies or Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip Cookies. 
  • Chocolate Royale Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted. 
  • Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecake - Stir in 2 tbsp. peanut butter and 1 tbsp. milk. 
  • Mocha Mini Cheesecake - Mix 1 tsp. instant coffee granules with 2 tsp. hot water. Stir into batter along with 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted.